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Oral Sciences

Admission Requirements Degree Requirements

Mailing Address:
College of Dentistry (MC 621)
801 South Paulina Street
Chicago, IL 60612-7211

Campus Location: 402-E DENT
Program Code: 20FS1525MS (MS)
Telephone: (312) 996-3465
Program Code 20FS1525PHD (PhD)
Telephone: (312) 996-3465
Web Site:

Dean of the College: Bruce Graham
Director of Graduate Studies: Phillip T. Marucha

The College of Dentistry offers a program of study and research leading to the Master of Science degree in Oral Sciences. The program is primarily intended for those currently enrolled in one of the clinical specialty programs. The program provides graduate training to increase understanding of oral disease through an added research experience. The master’s program provides education in areas including but not limited to molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, histology, pathology, biomaterials, immunology, behavioral sciences, clinical sciences, and functional morphology with an emphasis on the oral structures in health and disease.

The College of Dentistry also offers a program of study leading to the Doctor of Philosophy in Oral Sciences to train the next generation’s cadre of oral health scientists. Oral Sciences utilizes cutting edge biomedical technology and knowledge to address basic and clinical research questions of importance for promoting and maintaining oral health. This interdisciplinary research training program will lead to a graduate degree with a focus in cancer biology; wound healing; tissue regeneration; cellular, molecular, and development biology; biomaterials science; microbiology/immunology or other biomedical field relevant to oral health and disease. The program also offers an opportunity to integrate the PhD training with a DMD or dental specialty training, as well as subsequent to a BS or DMD degree.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Transcripts of all undergraduate and postbaccalaureate work must be submitted. In addition to Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

Master of Science

Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Requirements

Master of Science

*OSCI 441 may be substituted for BSTT 400. Students pursuing this option will be required to complete at least one additional credit hour of selective courses.

Doctor of Philosophy

*BIOE 480 may be substituted for BSTT 401.