MS in Oral Health Sciences

The MS in Oral Health Sciences (OHS) prepares students as strong candidates for future admission to dental school.

The mission of the Oral Health Sciences (OHS) program is to prepare students as strong candidates for future admission to dental school and other health-related professions. Students take courses through the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (BUGSDM) and the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS) at Boston University School of Medicine. Through immersion in a rigorous graduate biomedical sciences curriculum, students develop essential critical thinking and research skills. The program fosters an environment of high standards for professionalism, integrity and collegiality where students build upon their abilities to enable future success.

The MS program takes four semesters to complete.  The majority of enrolled students complete the degree in one calendar year enrolling in classes in early August and competing the program the following July; this allows students to matriculate to dental school without requiring an additional gap year. In addition to dental coursework, students also are able to take courses across a variety of disciplines including public health, bioethics, evidence based dentistry and clinical research.

The 32 credit master degree  is completed in 4 semesters over 1, 1.5 or 2 years. This flexibility allows students to choose a completion path that best fits their individual credentials, dental school application timeline and  DAT test prep schedule.  The OHS program was expanded in 2016 due to a highly qualified applicant pool. To maintain this unique environment for students, two DMD courses are now offered in a blended live lecture and online streaming format (50:50).

All students take a full-time course load in the fall and spring:

  • Students completing the program in 12 months will complete a Capstone over Summer I/II.
  • Students wishing to spend an extra year earning valuable clinical and/or biomedical research experience or enrolling in additional coursework may choose to complete a thesis in Year 2 Fall/Spring.

The OHS Program was initiated in 2005 as a track within the Dental Schoolwell-established MA in Medical Sciences program.  Of the 200 students who have completed the program since its inception in 2005, 85% have been accepted to US dental schools.  Due to the program’s success and increased recognition nationally, the OHS track was approved as a new MS degree in 2013.

The MS degree curriculum is very similar to the OHS track with one additional feature: the option to choose between a Capstone or Thesis under the guidance of faculty from BUGSDM and GMS.

The program has a highly successful track record, with 85% of our graduates matriculating to US dental schools. Acceptances include:

    • Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine
    • Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine
    • Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine
    • Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine
    • New York University College of Dentistry
    • Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
    • University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry
    • University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
    • University of Florida College of Dentistry
    • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
    • University of Maryland College of Dental Surgery
    • University of Michigan School of Dentistry
    • University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
    • University of Southern California, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry
    • University of Washington School of Dentistry