Degrees & Programs


The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry offers a wide variety of degrees and programs to help you become a skilled and successful dental professional.

Explore opportunities to pursue a dental degree, advance your training, continue your education, prepare for dental school, and more.

DDS degree

The Doctor of Dental Surgery program emphasizes scientific, scholarly, interpersonal communication and practice management skills required of graduates in a continually changing profession. 

Dental Therapy

Formerly the Master of Dental Therapy program, our new B.S. of Dental Hygiene/M.S. of Dental Therapy dual degree program prepares graduates to assume roles in many different health care environments.

Dental Hygiene

Through Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree programs in Dental Hygiene, the School of Dentistry blends a solid clinical education with the biological, behavioral and social sciences, as well as liberal arts.

Advance your education

Our clinical specialty training programs and graduate degrees (M.S., Ph.D.) prepare dental professionals for careers in specialty practice, advanced general dentistry, research, education and administration.

UMN Pass: For international students

The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Program for Advanced Standing Students (UMN PASS) is a 29-month program for graduates of dental schools outside of the U.S. and Canada, who seek to practice dentistry in the U.S.

Former UMN PASS students say that they especially enjoy the smaller size of the program, the great clinical education, the outreach program, and that they never experienced chair issues.

Community outreach experience

This clinical experience is required for dental, dental therapy, and dental hygiene students.

Students gain hands-on experience treating a diversity of patients with a variety of oral health care needs. 

Our students have several opportunities to fulfill this requirement with rotations across Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Prepare for dental school

Prep course studentsHigh school and undergraduate college students can get a head start on dental school with our Summer Dental School Experience, part of the Building Bridges program, as well as the weekend-long Dental School Prep Course.

Continue your studies

Continuing ed courseHoused within the School of Dentistry, Continuing Dental Education offers more than 160 educational experiences annually for approximately 7,100 dental professionals in the U.S., Canada and abroad. 

Research training

MinnCResTThe Minnesota Craniofacial Research Training (MinnCResT) Program aims to train the next generation of independent investigators exploring questions in craniofacial, oral health and dental research.

Teaching with technology: In 2007, we transformed our pre-clinical lab into an $11.5 million, state-of-the-art teaching center, featuring 108 patient simulation stations, 20 advanced simulators with virtual reality computer programs, two conference and classrooms, a dental lab and a research technology lab.