M.S. in Oral Health Sciences

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.

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.


As an Oral Health Sciences  student, you will take courses offered 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.  Additional courses are available in a variety of disciplines including public health, bioethics, evidence based dentistry and clinical research.

Program Objectives aim to:

  • Develop intellectual skills necessary for success in a rigorous dental school curriculum.
  • Improve students’ overall academic credentials (through coursework, research and extracurricular experiences) to become a competitive dental school applicant and gain admission to a U.S. dental school.
  • Demonstrate research and critical thinking skills through completing a novel Capstone or Thesis. 


The M.S. program takes four semesters to complete.  Due to unique summer course offerings at Boston University, students may complete the degree in one full calendar year commencing in the fall semester (beginning in early August).

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 may complete their thesis over Year 2 Fall/Spring.


The OHS Program was initiated in 2005 as a track within the Dental Schoolwell-established M.A. in Medical Sciences program.  Since the OHS Program’s inception in 2005, nearly 125 students have completed the Program, 80% of whom have been accepted to the US dental schools.  Due to the program’s success and increased recognition, the OHS track was approved as a new M.S. degree for 2013.  The M.S. degree curriculum is very similar to the OHS track with one additional feature – the option to complete either a Capstone project OR a Thesis under the guidance of faculty from BUGSDM and GMS.


OHS graduates have been accepted to the following dental schools:

    • Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health
    • Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine
    • Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine
    • Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine
    • Creighton University School of Dentistry
    • Howard University
    • Dalhousie University of Faculty of Dentistry
    • Howard University College of Dentistry
    • Marquette University School of Dentistry
    • Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry
    • Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine
    • New York University College of Dentistry
    • Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
    • University of California San Diego School of Dentistry
    • University of Southern California, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry
    • University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry
    • University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
    • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
    • University of Michigan School of Dentistry
    • University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
    • University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine
    • University of Washington School of Dentistry
    • Western University

For more information, please contact OHS Director Theresa A. Davies, Ph.D. or begin your online application now.

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