M.S. in Oral Health Sciences

The mission of the Oral Health Sciences program is to prepare students to become 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.

Program Objectives:

As an Oral Health Sciences  student, you will take courses at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (BUGSDM) as well as  courses offered through the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS) at the School of Medicine.  In addition, optional course work is available in a variety of disciplines, including public health, bioethics, evidence based dentistry,  and clinical research.

The Program Objectives are to:

  • Develop the intellectual skills to be successful in a rigorous dental school curriculum.
  • Improve their 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 the completion of a novel Capstone or Thesis. 

Program Structure:

The M.S. program takes four semesters to complete.  Because of the unique summer calendar at Boston University, it is possible to complete the degree in one full calendar year commencing in the fall semester (which starts 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 opt to complete a thesis over Year 2 Fall/Spring.

Our History:

The OHS Program was initiated in 2005 as a track within the Dental Schoolwell-established MA in Medical Sciences program.  Since the OHS Program’s inception in 2005, nearly 125 students have completed the Program and 80% have been accepted to the US dental schools.  Due to it’s great success and increased recognition the OHS track has now been approved as a new M.S. degree  for 2013.  The curriculum of the M.S degree 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.

Our Success:

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 of USC
    • 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   Theresa A. Davies, Ph.D., Director or start your online application now.  Please note that since the program was just approved you will need to apply to the MA in Medical Sciences program and opt for the Oral Health Sciences track.

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