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. For Fall 2016, the OHS program is expanding its class size to 35-40 due to a highly qualified applicant pool; to maintain this unique environment for students, two DMD courses will be offered in a blended live lecture and real-time online streaming format (50:50).

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.  The majority of enrolled students complete the degree in one calendar year beginning classes in early August and competing the program the following July; this allows students to matriculate to dental school without taking an additional gap year.

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 M.A. in Medical Sciences program.  Since the OHS Program’s inception in 2005, nearly 180 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.

For more Program information, please contact OHS Director Theresa A. Davies, Ph.D .

For general application questions please email ohs@bu.edu .

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