Interdisciplinary Program Combining Research With Specialty Postgraduate Training
The Master of Science in Oral Sciences is an interdisciplinary, research-oriented program that combines specialized, mentor-led research with an advanced postgraduate training track in one our six dental clinical specialties - Endodontics, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics. This program offers each student considerable flexibility to accommodate specific areas of interest and offers clinical research activities to apply knowledge gained in a laboratory setting. 

Program Description

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry in conjunction with the Graduate College offers a program of study and research leading to the degree of Master of Science. The Master of Science in Oral Sciences prepares the next generation of dental clinicians and faculty who will serve as leaders in oral health care and within their respective dental specialties. Graduates of the program will be trained to think critically, enabling them to readily apply research skills and knowledge to improve health outcomes for patients. The Master of Science in Oral Sciences is intended primarily for students who have received a doctorate in dentistry (D.D.S./D.M.D.) or equivalent degree from a dental school and the program accepts only students who have already been accepted into one of the College of Dentistry’s postgraduate specialty programs.  A research thesis and a final thesis defense are required.



MS in Oral Science candidates must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours of course work, of which at least 20 must be devoted to didactic course work. A student may apply up to 12 credit hours of research, additional research credit cannot be used toward fulfillment of requirements for the degree. Each student must satisfactorily complete an original research project and submit a defended, Graduate College approved thesis.

Core Courses

All MS in Oral Sciences candidates must complete four core courses totaling 8 of the 32 credit requirement. These courses are

  • OSCI 441 Statistics for Oral Sciences (3 credit hours)
  • OSCI 451 Research Methodology (1 credit hour)
  • OSCI 580 Advanced Oral Sciences I (2 credit hours)
  • OSCI 581 Advanced Oral Sciences II (2 credit hours)



Selective courses should provide didactic content relevant to the student’s research thesis project and interests. Students should seek input from their thesis advisor and postgraduate program director to choose selective courses at the 400 or 500 level.  12 or more credit hours of selectives are required, 9 of which must be at the 500 level.

Non-Credit Courses

Students whose research projects involve human or animal subjects must complete all appropriate trainings prior to commencing work with their subjects.



Candidates complete a Research Protocol approved at the college level before beginning MS Thesis Research. After completion of the protocol, students must complete a research project for their MS Thesis. Students register for OSCI 598 for up to two hours per semester with their thesis advisor as the instructor. To complete the MS degree, students must register for a minimum of four credit hours of OSCI 598 and may apply up to 12 credit hours of research. Note – 1 credit hour is equivalent to two 50-minute periods per week for 15 weeks.

Human Subjects Research

  • Investigator 101 (all research involving human subjects)
  • HIPAA (for research utilizing protected health information)

Animal Subjects Research

  • GC 470* Essentials for Animal Research  *Note: This course is only offered during the fall semester.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for the MS in Oral Sciences must be a current student of one of the College of Dentistry’s postgraduate specialties. For international candidates, minimum levels of English proficiency as set by the University's Office of Admissions.


Tuition & Fees

Please visit UIC's tuition and fees page for current tuition rates for the MS program. Please note that annual increases in tuition should be expected. Information about how to fund your education can be found at the UIC Office of Financial Aid.


How to Apply

Timing Candidates may apply to MS in Oral Sciences after enrollment in one of the College's Advanced Specialty programs. Domestic candidates may apply no later than November 1st of the first year of their Advanced Specialty programs. International candidates must apply no later than July 15th of the summer prior. Candidates who apply after the deadline cannot expect to complete the MS concurrently with the completion of the Advanced Specialty program.

Procedures The application for the MS in Oral Sciences is separate from that completed for the candidate's Advanced Specialty program. An electronic application must be completed through UIC’s online application system.

The following items must be uploaded by the individual applicant through UIC's application system:

  • Personal statement (no longer than 1-2 pages- candidates should discuss their motivation for conducting research and how research supports their career goals)
  • Transcripts
  • GRE scores taken within the last 5 years (evidence of JCNDE National Board Part II certification may be substituted)
  • Letter from the Head or Advanced Specialty Program Director endorsing the application
  • Evidence of English proficiency (international candidates only).

Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their applications online and ensuring that all required documents have been uploaded.

Advanced Specialty Programs

The Master of Science in Oral Sciences combines specialized, mentor-led research with an advanced postgraduate training track in one our six dental clinical specialties - Endodontics, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics. 


Clinical Specialty Program in Endodontics

More about the Endodontics Department


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Training Program

More about the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


Orthodontics Advanced Specialty Training Program

More about the ​Department of Orthodontics


Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Residency Program

More about the Department of Pediatric Dentistry


Periodontics Postgraduate Program

More about the Department of Periodontics


Advanced Specialty in Prosthodontics

More about the Department of Restorative Dentistry


Contact Us

For more information about the Master of Science in Oral Sciences program, please contact Ashley Burton.

  • Ashley Burton
    Assistant Director, Academic Affairs
    UIC College of Dentistry