Oral Health Program FAQs

For general questions regarding GMS admissions requirements please see the Admissions FAQs.

    Can international students apply to the OHS program?

    No. We do not accept applications from international students. International applicants should take the GRE and apply to the main MA in Medical Sciences program.

    Are there any prerequisite courses?

    We encourage students to complete the pre-dental pre-requisite courses (college level General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biology, and Physics with labs). However, lacking a course or a lab section will not keep you from being reviewed for OHS as we look at your overall science background.  We encourage all students to take missing pre-requisite courses before starting OHS since it is impossible to make up these courses during the program, and dental schools still require them.

    Do I need to interview?

    No we do not interview our applicants.

    What is the deadline for the M.S. in  Oral Health Sciences Program and when does the OHS program begin to review applications?

    Completed applications should be received by May 18th for the fall semester.  We make admissions decisions on a rolling basis starting in December.  There is no spring enrollment offered.

    How long will it take to review my application?

    Due the high number of applications and the attention we give to each one, most decisions are made within three months of when the application is deemed complete.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis starting in December upon receipt of all required credentials (letters, official transcripts, DAT, resume/cv and Personal Statement) and  the application fee.

    How many students are accepted into the Oral Health Sciences program?

    We accept ~20 new students each academic year.

    Can I apply to both the Oral Health programs and the general MS in Medical Sciences  program?

    Applicants applying to the Oral Health Sciences  program  who wish to also apply to the general  MAMS program  will need to check both OHS and MAMS and answer the required program specific section.   Students should submit both the DAT’s (for OHS) and GRE’s (for MAMS) to be considered by both programs.

    I have applied to BUGSDM.  Can my AADSAS application with test scores, transcripts and letters of recommendation be used for OHS admission?

    YES –  If you have applied to BU Goldman School of Dental Medicine and would like to submit a copy of your AADSAS application including your letters of recommendation please complete the Recommendation section as follows:

    • Add BU (First Name) and Dental (Last Name) as the evaluator
    • Include the email address sdmadmis@bu.edu
    • Your AADSAS will then be uploaded by BU dental. By listing BU Dental as an evaluator you are authorizing the release of your AADSAS application materials to the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences and waiving your right to access.
    • In the note for evaluator section please state that you request your AADSAS application ( ID #: U######## ) be uploaded.

    We would still like you to upload the following:

    • Any unofficial transcripts from courses you have taken since submission of AADSAS
    • A copy of your resume or cv.

    PLEASE NOTE:  Some of fields included on the admissions application may require text for submission.  You should complete those blocks by indicating “see AADSAS application”

    Does your program offer tours to applicants that would like to come and visit the school?

    At this time, the Oral Health Science program does not offer official tours to applicants. Take a look at our campus location and explore the area through Student Life. You are welcome to contact the GMS Office or Dr. Theresa Davies to set up an informal meeting and/or tour with a current student. We encourage you to attend an upcoming Webinar to learn more about the program.

    How many letters of recommendation are required for the OHS program and can I submit more recommendations than are required?

    We require three letters of recommendation for admission to the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences. One committee letter or a letter packet sent from your undergraduate or post-baccalaureate institution may be substituted for the three letters.  One of the submitted letters must be written by a science professor. You may send more than three individual letters if appropriate.

    Letters can be submitted by having BU Dental upload your AADSAS application under the Recommendation Section (see above)

    Will you accept letters of recommendations mailed from my university’s career center or letter service?

    No, all letters must be submitted electronically.

    I have already applied to dental school, can I send the same letters to the Oral Health Sciences program?

    Yes.  You can have your recommendations written for dental schools uploaded to the GMS admissions application by individual recommenders or your pre-health office.   A committee letter  is acceptable or you may submit three individual letters.  Letters sent by Interfolio should be emailed directly to ohs@bu.edu .

    Do I need to take the DAT exam?

    Yes. All applicants must take the DAT.

    How long are DAT scores valid ?

    DAT scores are valid for three years.

    How should I send my DAT scores to OHS?

    There are 2 ways to send your DATs to OHS.

    (1) A copy of the official DAT score report from the ADA can be requested  and mailed to the GMS office.

    Theresa A. Davies, PhD
    Director, M.S. Oral Health Sciences Program
    BU School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences
    72 East Concord Street, L317
    Boston, MA 02118

    (2) An unofficial copy of your DAT scores can be uploaded in the additional document section.

    What is the average GPA and DAT score required for admission?

    We accept students with a range of scores.   A DAT score of 17  or a GPA of 2.9 or lower is usually not seen as competitive for this program. The average DAT score and GPA for the current class is 19.5 and 3.05, respectively. Scores lower than those listed above are reviewed on a case by case basis.

    Where should I indicate a future DAT date?

    The application does have a defined spot to include a future test date.

    Do Oral Health Science students take courses with the Dental school students?

    Yes. Some courses, like Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Physiology, are taken with current first year BU Dental students. Other courses, such as Prevention and Oral Health Promotion in Dentistry are taught by dental school faculty.

    Are students assigned an advisor?

    Yes. Once an applicant has matriculated into the school, they will be assigned a Faculty Advisor who will mentor them throughout the program.

    Can I complete the MS in Oral Health Sciences Program in 12 months?

    Yes, the program requires enrollment in four semesters and can be completed in 12 months by utilizing the two summer semesters. Students planning to matriculate to dental school immediately following program completion should submit their AADSAS  application PRIOR to beginning the OHS program.  Some students do choose to complete a research-based thesis and complete the program in 2 years. The total cost of tuition is the same for both the 12 month and two year path.

    Should I apply to dental school prior to applying to the OHS program?

    Applicants should consult with their pre-professional office regarding the decision to apply to dental school in the summer prior to entering the OHS program.  Students who have applied to dental school should consult with Dr. Davies early in the fall semester so that our office can best support their dental school applications. Students who are uncertain about WHEN to apply should speak to Dr. Davies over the summer before OHS or as soon as they matriculate to the program.

    Are matriculated Oral Health Sciences students guaranteed an interview at BU Dental School?

    A majority of our students do interview at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, however this is not guaranteed and is based on performance in the Oral Health Sciences program. The Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine reserves the right to interview who they deem competitive.

    How many students from the Oral Health Sciences Program matriculate into dental school?

    Of the graduates who apply to a dental school, approximately 80% are admitted into dental schools; usually 5-10 students are accepted into Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine each year.

    Are matriculated Oral Health Science students’ letters of recommendation sent to Dental Schools? If so, who is the appropriate person to handle this and what is the procedure?

    No. When applying to dental schools, an applicant will need to request new letters of recommendation.  Students usually obtain letter(s) from their undergraduate institution as well new letters of recommendation from OHS faculty while in the program. The Division office and Dr. Davies will assist you as needed when sending graduate letters to AADSAS and will also provide a letter packet as needed.

    What is the cost of education for the M.S. in Oral Health Sciences Program.

    The combined annual tuition and fees for the OHS program  (4 semesters) can be found here

    If I choose to complete the program in 2 years will I pay more tuition?

    NO.  To complete the program in 12 months, you must register full-time (12-16 credits) in the fall and spring semesters and for at least 2 credits in both summer sessions.  Students pay full-time tuition for the Fall/Spring semesters but only need to pay the continuing student fee (which is equivalent to 2 credits) for the 2 summer sessions.

    If students opt to complete the program in 2 years,  students still only pay the continuing student fee (equivalent to 2 credits), or per credit hour for additional coursework, during the  Fall/Spring of the second year. Students  completing the program in 2 years do not need to register for either summer session. Tuition is the same however the overall cost of the attending the program will vary due  to increased living expense costs. Some students do complete their thesis/capstone off campus during year 2 to save cost.

    If you have any additional questions please contact the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences at 617-638-5255 / ohs@bu.edu or Dr. Theresa Davies, Program Director.