Twin Cities Campus
Oral Biology M.S.
School of Dentistry - Adm
School of Dentistry
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
School of Dentistry, 17-164 Moos Tower, 515 Delaware Street, S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-5984; fax: 612-626-2651)
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The interdisciplinary Oral Biology Program is offered by the School of Dentistry with cooperating faculty in the Medical School, College of Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine. It gives students research skills and a broad understanding of the development, structure, function, and pathology of the orofacial region. Students are encouraged to focus in one of five areas of emphasis: biomaterials and biomechanics; epithelial biology and carcinogenesis; microbiology and immunology; sensory neuroscience; and bone biology, craniofacial development, and tissue engineering. An exceptional student can create his/her own area of emphasis or specialize in topics not listed here; students should discuss their interests with the director of graduate studies before applying. Curricula are designed to allow considerable flexibility in planning individual programs to accommodate specific areas of interest; courses from other disciplines may be included as part of the major.
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Plan A: Plan A requires 14 major credits, 6 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is oral.
This program may not be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 2 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
The M.S. in oral biology is intended for individuals who are currently involved in a research laboratory or program and are seeking to increase their scientific perspectives. This program generally requires a minimum of two years and a total of 30 credits. Students must complete the Plan A (with thesis) program, which requires a minimum of 14 credits in the major, including 4 credits of oral biology topics courses (8021-8028). Courses in the major may be taken from other disciplines with the approval of the adviser and the director of graduate studies. Registration and participation in the oral biology student seminar series (8030) is required each semester. Students must also complete a minor or related field program in an associated nonclinical discipline (minimum 6 credits) and 10 thesis credits. Students must conform to the University's GPA requirements for master's degree students.