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Dental Master's Programs

Dr. Daniel Fine - Chair finedh@sdm.rutgers.edu
Debra Tischio Bereski - Program Coordinator tischida@sdm.rutgers.edu 973-972-5057

Introduction

The Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD) and Master of Dental Science (MDS) programs provide advanced academic training for those students who want to broaden their understanding of biological sciences.  Both programs include Core courses in Foundations of Oral Biology and Advanced Biomedical Science for Dentistry. Both the Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD) and the Master of Dental Science (MDS) program can be pursued in conjunction with a graduate dental program or on its own.The MSD is a more research oriented Master's program and the MDS is a more clinically oriented Master's program.

The Master of Science in Dentistry (MS) #72209

The Master of Science in Dentistry program is designed to train students for a career in academic dentistry focused on research.  Core competencies for the Master of Science in Dentistry include:

  • Thesis formulation including an extensive literature review to support thesis topic.
  • innovative problem-solving techniques
  • lab and/or clinic-based experimentation
  • data collection
  • data analysis
  • statistical validation of conclusions
  • thesis completion and oral defense

Admission Requirements

Applicants From The United States and Canada

  1. DDS or DMD or equivalent degree
  2. Three letters of recommendation

Applicants From Outside The United States and Canada

  1. DDS or DMD or equivalent degree
  2. Successful completion of Dental National Board Exam Part I or GRE exam
  3. TOEFL
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Students who are pursuing a graduate program are required to stay an extra year beyond their graduate program in order to complete an MSD.

Curriculum

33 Credits

    1. 8 credits CORE curriculum (two years)
    2. 4 credits RSDM Research Seminar Series (two years)* includes 2 papers on relevant topics
    3. 6 credits Research Project (two years)
    4. 3 credits Scientific Writing
    5. 2 credits Research Methods
    6. 3 credits Qualifying Exam
    7. 4 credits Thesis Defense
    8. 3 credits Elective Departmental Course

Tuition

Students who are not in a certificate program will have tuition of $29,570 (resident)/$30,320 (non-resident) per year for two years for the completion of the MSD program. Students in certificate programs are required to take an additional year beyond their certificate program. Students in a 2 or 3 year postgraduate certificate program will have an MSD tuition of $7,085 per year for two years, followed by a tuition of $29,570 (resident)/$30,320 (non-resident) per year for the extra year beyond the certificate program. Students in a one year residency program will have MSD tuition of $7,085 the first year of the articulated program and $29,570 (resident)/$30,320 (non-resident) for the second year of the MSD program. Students in any of the above programs who do not finish the MSD program within the guidelines of the MSD program will have tuition of $29,570 (resident)/$30,320 (non-resident) per year for completion of the MSD program. The tuition stated above are only for the MSD program and do not include the tuition for the advanced education programs.

Thesis Advisory Committee

The thesis advisory committee consists of two members of the Oral Biology Department, the mentor and the Program Director of the student's specialty program. This committee meets on, at least, a semi-annual basis to monitor the student's progress.

Thesis Examination Committee

The thesis examination committee consists of the Thesis Advisory Committee and at least one additional member with expertise in the thesis project area.

The Master of Dental Science Program (MDS) #72213

The Master of Dental Science Program is designed for postgraduate students, residents  and clinical postgraduate specialty students interested in pursuing a clinical career from the various Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredited specialty and residency programs at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine including: Endodontics, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orofacial Pain, 1 year General Practice residency (requires an additional year to complete), and 2 year general Practice Residency.  This Program is also designed for those individuals in other programs including (but not limited to): Orofacial Pain, Oral Medicine, and Oral Radiology.

Admission Requirements

Applicants From The United States and Canada

  1. DDS or DMD or equivalent degree
  2. Three letters of recommendation

Applicants From Outside The United States and Canada

  1. DDS or DMD or equivalent degree
  2. Successful completion of Dental National Board Exam Part I or GRE exam
  3. TOEFL
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Curriculum

30 Credits

    1. 8 credits CORE curriculum (two years)
    2. 4 credits RSDM Research Seminar Series (two years)* includes 2 papers on relevant topics
    3. 6 credits Research Project (two years)
    4. 3 credits Scientific Writing
    5. 2 credits Research Methods
    6. 3 credits Qualifying Exam
    7. 4 credits Thesis Defense

Tuition

Students in a 2 or 3 year postgraduate certificate program will have an MDS tuition of $7,085 per year for two years. Students in a two year residency program will have MDS tuition of $7,085 per year. Students in a one year residency program will have MDS tuition of $7,085 the first year of the articulated program and $29,570 (resident)/$30,320 (non-resident) for the second year of the MDS program. Students in any of the above programs who do not finish the MDS program within the time constraints of their individual programs will have tuition of $29,570 (resident)/$30,320 (non-resident) per year for completion of the MDS program. The tuition stated above are only for the MDS program and do not include the tuition for the advanced education programs.

Deadlines for Both Programs

Applications to both programs will be accepted until March 28th of the calendar year before the first Monday in July start date for students that are not pursuing a graduate program in conjunction with the Master's program. A $65.00 application fee applies to those students who are not enrolled in a graduate program in conjunction with one of these Master's programs. There will be a $1000 administrative fee for all international graduate students for whom the dental school must work with an embassy or ministry.

The RSDM is committed to complying with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


For application guidelines and application go to:
http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/apply/application-guidelines and
https://admissionservices.rutgers.edu/graduate/newApplicant.app

24 hours after completing the online application, students can upload supporting documents at:
https://grad.admissions.rutgers.edu/CredentialUpload/Applicant/Login.aspx


MSD Forms for Perspective Students

MDS Forms for Perspective Students