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Program Description

The M.S. degree in Oral Biology offers training particularly important to persons wishing to expand their knowledge and understanding of the basic sciences related to Oral Biology. The program is available to those students wishing to obtain solely the M.S. degree; to students currently enrolled in Dental Specialty Certificate / Residency Programs; to students currently enrolled in the D.M.D. degree program; and to persons who have previously earned a D.M.D., M.D., or equivalent degree.

While the program can be tailored to the requirements of each individual student, curriculum design and course selection must be approved by the student's research committee. Other course work may be required as individualized programs are developed by students working with their thesis advisor / director and graduate committees. The graduate committee also approves proposed thesis research, reviews the thesis research, reviews the thesis for acceptance, and administers a final oral examination.

For more information, see the program guide.

The minimum requirement for the M.S. degree is 30 semester hours and the following guidelines apply:

Didactic coursework

At least 15 semester hours must be in courses of the major subject area (for details see Program description and curriculum), of which 5 semester hours consist of major subject required courses, and 4 semester hours must be of major subject selective courses. At least one-half of the credits counting toward the degree (exclusive of thesis) must be in courses open to graduate students only (600 level or above). The remaining semester hours in the program can be distributed as recommended and approved by the student's thesis advisor/director and the Program Director. 

Thesis research requirements

Fifteen semester hours comprise Thesis and Research which are under the supervision of the Thesis Director and members of the Thesis Committee. There are a wide range of possible areas for research training at ULSD including the following: molecular, cellular and craniofacial biology; craniomaxillofacial diagnostic imaging; neural crest-related craniofacial and cardiovascular disorders; biochemistry of calcium-regulating hormones; regulation of gene transcription; oral microbiology; inflammation and immunology; cellular mechanisms of salivary gland secretion; gene mapping of complex traits and birth defects; infection control; protein glycosylation; protein expression and trafficking; interrelationships between oral and systemic disease; periodontology; dental materials science; orthodontics; endodontics; prosthodontics; oral and maxillofacial pathology; and health services research related to dentistry. 

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