Plan A and Plan B
The graduate program in Dentistry offered training designed to prepare dentists with clinical expertise for positions of leadership in education, research, and programs administration in the oral health field. The program is housed in the School of Dentistry and is taught by a multidisciplinary faculty educators, researchers and clinicians. All students complete core coursework in teach and evaluation in dentistry, research methods, and health care administration. Additional advanced coursework is offered in these same focus areas, as well as in selected clinical and oral health care administration. Additional advanced coursework is offered in these same focus areas, as well as in selected clinical and oral science topics with interdisciplinary impact, including conscious sedation, craniofacial pain, geriatrics, oral biology, oral medicine and radiology, oral pathology, practice administration, and psychology. Flexibility is available in planning individualized programs to accommodate students’ specific areas of interest, and courses from other disciplines may be included for credit in the major area.
Prerequisites for Admission
The graduate program in Dentistry is designed for individuals who have a strong desire to prepare for careers in dental education, research, or program administration. Applicants must have received a D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree from an accredited U.S. institution. Students with comparable foreign degrees from recognized colleges or universities may also apply for admission. Applications from individuals who have completed or are enrolled in an advanced clinical dental training program (general dentistry or specialty residency program) are encouraged. Per Graduate School requirements, an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is the preferred performance level for admission. Applicants for whom English is a second language must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The preferred performance levels on the TOEFL are as follows:
Paper-Based Total Score: 600
Computer Based Total Score: 250
Internet Based Total Score: 80
Special Admission Requirements
Applicants should submit three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with their academic capabilities. Also required is a brief essay (under 500 words) which relates the applicant’s career goals to the goals of the program. Applications are received and reviewed throughout the year. Students may enter the program in any semester at the discretion of program faculty.
Commitment to diversity
The M.S. Dentistry Program and the Graduate School embrace the University of Minnesota’s position that promoting and supporting diversity among the student body is central to the academic mission of the University. A diverse student body enriches graduate education by providing a multiplicity of views and perspectives that enhance research, teaching, and the development of new knowledge. A diverse mix of students promotes respect for, and opportunities to learn from other with the broad range of backgrounds and experiences that constituent modern society. Higher education trains the next generation of leaders of academia and society in general, and such opportunities for leadership should be accessible to all members of society. The M.S. Dentistry Program and the Graduate School are therefore committed to providing equal access to educational opportunities through recruitment, admission, and support programs that promote diversity, foster successful academic experiences, and cultivate the leaders of the next generation.
Concurrent Residency and M.S. Studies
Students who are enrolled in an advanced clinical dental training program (general dentistry or specialty residency) may be admitted to the Dentistry graduate program for concurrent study. However, students must carefully plan their studies with their faculty advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies so that their residency and M.S. programs are appropriately integrated and satisfy Graduate School registration and degree requirements.
Master’s Degree Requirements
The M.S. degree program usually requires at least 18 months and may be completed as either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis). Students in both plans must complete a minimum of 14 credits in the major, including four core courses in: 1) teaching and evaluation in dentistry; 2) basic research methodology; 3) introductory biostatistics, and; 4) fundamentals of health care administration. All students must also complete a minor or related field option of at least 6 credits. Courses for credit in the major may also be taken from other disciplines with the approval of the student’s advisor and the director of graduate studies. Students are also required to complete training in Research Ethics in accordance with Graduate School requirements.
For Plan A students, a minimum of 10 credits are required for the M.S. degree. Plan B students do not complete a thesis, but take an additional 10 credits of coursework and submit three Plan B papers, one of which must involve the analysis and reporting of research information. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 and no more than 6 incomplete credits during their program. A final oral examination is required for both Plan A and Plan B programs.
Use of 4xxx Courses
Inclusion of 4xxx courses on degree program forms is subject to adviser and director of graduate studies approval. Under NO circumstances are courses below 4000 level allowed for graduate degree credit by the Graduate School.