MS Program

The MS degree program is intended for students who are currently engaged in research and academic careers.

The MS is not required for the PhD program. Funding is not available for MS students and admission to the MS program is rare. Please contact us before applying if you think the MS is the best option for you.

This program generally requires a minimum of two years, and should be taken as Plan A (with thesis), as described in the Graduate School Catalog. Students complete a minimum of 14 credits in the major, including 4 credits of oral biology topics courses (OBIO 8021-8029).

Courses for credit in the major may be taken from other disciplines with the approval of the advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies. Registration and participation in the oral biology student seminar series (OBIO 8030) is required each semester. Students must also complete a minor or related field program (minimum 6 credits) in a related non-clinical discipline.

In addition, students in the Plan A masters program must complete a research project under the supervision of the advisor, and write and successfully defend a thesis. The Graduate School requires that the thesis title be submitted as part of the program registration, and should be submitted after completion of 10 credits and not later than the second semester in residence.

The Graduate School also requires that students enroll for a minimum of 10 master’s thesis credits (OBIO 8777) before receiving the degree. A final oral examination is required.

Graduate School Requirements

The Graduate School Catalog contains detailed information concerning registration, degree requirements, program and thesis registration, and other procedures and deadlines. The Director of Graduate Studies and the student’s advisor will assist the student in complying with Graduate School requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to meet all Graduate School requirements and deadlines as outlined in the Catalog.

Selecting an Advisor

New students will be under the general supervision of the Director of Graduate Studies, or assigned a temporary advisor by the Director of Graduate Studies. Students should familiarize themselves as rapidly as possible with faculty members in the Graduate Program in Oral Biology through tutorials, seminars, and informal contacts. Students must choose an advisor by the end of the first semester in residence. Students may change advisors subsequently, with the advice and consent of the Director of Graduate Studies. Selection of an advisor is critically important, since the student and advisor together plan the student’s program of coursework and the thesis research project. Research rotations are available with faculty members for those students who wish to become familiar with faculty research to aid in selection of an advisor.

Waiver of Core Courses

Demonstration that equivalent course(s) were successfully (grade of B or better) completed at the University of Minnesota or elsewhere may result in the waiving of core course(s) as appropriate.

Evaluation of Student Progress

To remain in good academic standing in the Oral Biology Graduate Program, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in both the major and minor areas. A student who does not obtain a GPA of 3.0 in any one semester will be placed on academic probation for the following semester. Students with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 for two consecutive semesters will be terminated from the program. Only grades of A or B are acceptable in all oral biology topics courses. Receipt of a lower grade in an oral biology topics course requires repetition of the course.

Students will not be permitted to register for additional courses if they have more than 6 credits of incomplete coursework. Students must also satisfy Graduate School requirements for the MS or PhD degrees.