Courses & Curriculum

The M.S. in Dentistry program requires a minimum of 18 months of study and may be completed as either Plan A (with thesis or) or Plan B (without thesis).

Students in both plans must complete a minimum of 14 credits in the major, which includes credit for four core courses in dental education (Teaching and Evaluation in Dentistry); basic research methodology (Methods in Research and Writing); introductory biostatistics (Biostatistics I or equiv.); and fundamentals of health care administration (Principles of Management in Health Services Organizations).

At the discretion of the student’s advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies, core course requirements may be waived upon demonstration of previous completion of equivalent course(s) at the University of Minnesota or elsewhere.

All students must complete a related field or a minor option of at least 6 credits, as well as training in research ethics per Graduate School requirements. Potential related field offerings of likely interest to Dentistry Program students are listed in Appendix A, while potential minors of possible interest are listed in Appendix B. Courses for credit in the major may also be taken from other disciplines outside to the Dentistry Program with the approval of the student’s advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies.

Plan A Program

In addition to the requirements outlined above, students in the Plan A program will complete a research project under the supervision of the faculty, and write and successfully defend a thesis. The Graduate School requires that Plan A students register for at least 10 Master’s thesis credits (DENT 8777) before receiving the degree. A final oral examination is required. Students will be encouraged to submit their thesis in the form of one or more manuscripts or published papers for the scientific literature in keeping with current Graduate School policies.

Plan B Program

Plan B students will not complete a thesis, but take an additional 10 credits of coursework and submit three Plan B papers. Titles of the three Plan B papers should be submitted with the student’s program registration no later than the second semester of enrollment. Papers may consist of critical reviews of literature, comprehensive clinical case reports, or research papers.

At least one of the three Plan B papers involve the reporting of research information conducted under the guidance of a faculty member. Research papers may be based on experimental work and discussions conducted as part of a tutorial experience arranged with the faculty. There is no specified format or length for Plan B papers. Their content and scope will be determined in consultation with the faculty supervising each paper. The student will defend the three Plan B papers via an oral examination.

Courses

Required courses

Required courses

The following are core-required courses for the Dentistry M.S. Program. Course availability is subject to change and should be verified by students at least one semester in advance of planned registration.

  • Dent 7033 – Teaching and Evaluation in Dentistry (3 cr.) BebeauZ
  • OBio 5001 – Methods in Research and Writing (2 cr.) Herzberg
  • PubH 6751 – Principles of Management in Health Services Organizations (2 cr.) Begun, or PubH 6724 – The Health Care System and Public Health (3 cr) Blewett
  • PubH 6414 – Biostatistical Methods I (3 cr.) or PubH 6450 Biostatistics I (4 cr.)

See the UMN course catalog for descriptions of these and other M.S. courses (under Twin Cities campus courses).

Clinical electives

Clinical electives

  • Dent 7021 – Contemporary Diagnosis and Management of Orofacial Pain (1 credit) Bowles
  • Dent 7031 – Advanced Seminar in Clinical Geriatric Dentistry (2 credit) Shuman
  • Dent 7051 – Advanced Theory and Principles of Oral Medicine (2 credit) Rhodus
  • Dent 7052 – Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologic Interpretation (2 credits) Ahmad
  • Dent 7061, 7062 – Special Oral Pathology I and II (2 credits) Koutlas
  • Dent 7101- Management Philosophy for Dental Practices (1 credit) Hinrichs
  • Dent 7102 – Conscious Sedation (2 credits) Hinrichs
  • Dent 7111 – Current Literature Review in Dentistry (2 credits) Schulte
  • Dent 7112 – Treatment Planning Seminar (2 credits) Schulte
  • Dent 7121 – Psychological Issues in Medical and Dental Patient Mgmt (1 cr.)
  • Dent 7122 – Advanced Topics in TMD: Issues in Pain, Focus on Head and Neck (3 credits) Mulet
  • Dent 7991 – Independent Study (1-4 credits) Staff
  • Dent 8031 – Topics and Problems in Dental Education (credits arr.) Born
  • Dent 8090 – Evidence-based Clinical Pediatric Dentistry (2 credits) Staff
  • Dent 8091 – Interdisciplinary Care of the Cleft Palate Patient (1 credit) Anderson
  • Dent 8100 – Topics in Advanced Periodontology: Literature Review (2 credits) Hinrichs
  • Dent 8101 – Dental Implantology: A Multidisciplinary Approach (2 credits) Hinrichs
  • Dent 8120 – Advanced Principles and Techniques of Orofacial Pain Disorders (3 credits)
  • Dent 8121 – Current Literature in TMJ and Craniofacial Pain (1 credit)
  • Dent 8123 – Advanced Topics in Orofacial Pain (3 credits)
  • Dent 8333 – FTE: Advanced Master’s Status (1 credit)
  • Dent 8777 – M.S. Thesis Credits (variable 1 – 18 credits)

Related field courses

Related field courses

Focus Area Course

1. Education Dent 8031 - Topics and Problems in Dental Education (cr. arr.)

  • Grad 8101 - Teaching in Higher Education (3 cr.)
  • Grad 8150 - Practicum for Future Faculty (3 cr.)
  • Grad 8200 - Professional Communication Skills (2 cr.)
  • EPsy 5115 - Psychology of Adult Learning and Instruction (3 cr.)
  • EPsy 5221 - Basic Principles of Educational Measurement (3 cr.)

2. Research Dent 8777 - Thesis Credits: Masters required, Plan A only (10 cr.)

  • PubH 6301 - Fundamentals of Clinical Research (3 cr.)
  • PubH 6320 - Fundamentals of Epidemiology - online course
  • PubH 6341 - Epidemiologic Methods I (3 cr.)
  • PubH 6342 - Epidemiologic Methods II (3 cr.)
  • PubH 6415 - Biostatistical Methods II (3 cr.)
  • PubH 6451- Biostatistics II (4 cr.)
  • PubH 7420 - Clinical Trials (3 cr.)

3. Administration Dent 7101 - Management Philosophy for Dental Practices (1 cr.)

  • PubH 6557 - Healthcare Finance I (3 cr.)
  • PubH 6547 - Healthcare Human Resource Management (2 cr.)
  • PubH 6556 - Health and Health Systems (2 cr.)
  • PubH 6541 - Statistics for Health Management Decision Making (3 cr.)
  • PubH 6568 - Intra-professional Teamwork in HC (2 cr.)
  • PubH 6558 - Healthcare Finance II (3 cr.)

4. Clinical Sciences

  • Dent 7031 - Adv. Seminar in Clinical Geriatric Dentistry (1 cr.)
  • Dent 7051 - Advanced Study in the Theory and Principles of Oral Medicine (2 cr.)
  • Dent 7052 - Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologic Interpretation (2 cr.)
  • Dent 7061 - Special Oral Pathology I (0 cr.)
  • Dent 7062 - Special Oral Pathology II (4 cr.)3
  • Dent 7101 - Management Philosophy for Dental Practices (1 cr.)
  • Dent 7102 - Topics in Conscious Sedation (2 cr.)
  • Dent 7111 - Current Literature Review in Dentistry (2 cr.)
  • Dent 7112 - Treatment Planning Seminar (2cr.)
  • Dent 7991 - Independent Study (1-4 cr.)
  • Dent 8090 - Evidence-based Clinical Pediatric Dentistry (2 cr.)
  • Dent 8091 - Interdisciplinary Care of Cleft Palate Patient (1 cr.)
  • Dent 8100 - Topics in Advanced Periodontology (2 cr.)
  • Dent 8101 - Dental Implantology: A Multidisc. Approach (2 cr.)
  • Dent 8120 - Adv. Prin. & Tech. of TMJ/Craniofacial Pain (3 cr.)
  • Dent 8121 - Current Lit. in TMJ & Craniofacial Pain (1 cr.)
  • Dent 8123 - Advanced Topics in Orofacial Pain (3 cr.)
  • Anat 7999 - Head & Neck Anat. for Med/Dent Residents (3 cr.)
  • OBio 8011 - Oral Biology (2 cr.)
  • OSur 5277 - Physical Diagnosis (2 cr.)
  • Gero 5110 - Biology of Aging (3 cr.)

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training

All students are required to complete formal training in the responsible conduct of research as part of their graduate education. To fulfill this requirement, MS-Dentistry Students must complete the online Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) course in Responsible Conduct of Research.

To supplement this course, graduate faculty and students are also encouraged to incorporate discussions of research ethics into their existing didactic courses, seminars, research projects, and advising wherever possible. The following bibliography of pertinent articles is offered to facilitate such discussions:

Bibliography - Ethics in Dental Research

  • Bebeau MJ, Holt SC. Proceedings of a symposium, toward responsible research conduct: the role of scientific societies. J Dent Res 1996;75:823-24.
  • Camenisch PF. The moral foundations of scientific ethics and responsibility. J Dent Res 1996;75:825-31.
  • Bebeau MJ, Davis EL. Survey of ethical issues in dental research. J Dent Res 1996;75:845-55.
  • Bersoff DN. Process and procedures for dealing with misconduct: a necessity or a nightmare? J Dent Res 1996;75:836-40.
  • Bebeau MJ, Holt SC. The role of the AADR in promoting research integrity: perspectives and consensus statements. J Dent Res 1996;75:856-60.
  • Bowen WH. Ethical use of animals. J Dent Res 1994;73:1773-77.
  • Lynch A. Publication of research: the ethical dimension. J Dent Res 1994;73:1778-82.

Potential minors

Potential minors

This list provides only a few examples. Students must consult with the Director of Graduate Studies for the Minor Field of interest to them to verify eligibility and specific requirements. If a Minor Field is selected, one examiner from that Minor must also serve on the student’s examination committee.

Oral Biology Minor (M.S. level)

  • Credit Requirements: 6 semester credits
  • Courses: 1) OBio 8030 - Oral Biology Seminar (1 cr)
  • 2) Two advanced Oral Biology courses
  • 3) Electives

Public Health Minor (M.S. level)

  • Credit Requirements: 8 semester credits
  • Courses: 1) PubH 6341 - Epidemiologic Methods I (3 cr.)
  • 2) PubH 6414 - Biostatistics I (3 cr)
  • 3) PubH 6102 - Issues in Environmental & Occupational Health (2 cr)
  • 4) Electives

Educational Psychology Minor (M.S. level)

  • Credit Requirements: 6 semester credits
  • Courses: Any graduate level courses in EPsy

Gerontology Minor (M.S. level)

Credit Requirements: 8 semester credits

Courses: 1) Gero 5105 - Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Aging (3 cr)
2) Electives in one of four tracks in aging-related courses (5 cr)