Masters (MSc) Oral Biology

The program is research-oriented, consisting of didactic courses, original research carried out under supervision, and preparation and completion of a thesis. It is not a clinical program leading to clinical specialization and is unrelated to licensure.

Application Information
  • Applications are accepted from:
    • January 1 (open) - May 1 (close) for September admission 
    • May 1 (Open) - July 1 (close) for January admission 
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all required documents are received by the application deadline noted above or the application will not be considered for admission. 

  • Once you submit and pay for your application, your referees will receive a notice from the online application system requesting that their reference be submitted within two weeks of receiving the request. 

  • Once you submit and pay for your application, you can use the GSMS Portal (Not Bear Tracks) to check the status of your application, determine if references have been received, replace referees, and upload documents. To access the portal, please sign in using the e-mail address and password initially used when you created your account.

Admission Requirements
  • Meet the eligibility requirements established by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Graduate Oral Biology Program Admission SubCommittee, and the Medical Sciences Graduate Program Committee. Admission to the graduate program is dependent upon the recommendation of the department's Graduate Studies Committee. An academic record that satisfies the basic entrance requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission. Enrollment in our graduate programs is limited and the number of qualified applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available. Admission will be based on demonstrated academic excellence and the quality of letters of recommendation. Research experience is recommended, but not required.

  • The Department’s minimum admission requirements are an undergraduate degree with an admission GPA of at least 3.0 on the 4-point scale from the University of Alberta, or an equivalent qualification and standing from a recognized institution.  

  • A willing Faculty Supervisor

English Language Proficiency (ELP)

  • All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission either by:

    • Possession of an undergraduate degree or its academic equivalent from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta, in which the language of instruction is English.

    • A satisfactory score on an approved English language examination as described below.

      • TOEFL internet-based minimum score of 95 with at least 21 per section. 

      • IELTS (Academic) minimum score of 7.5 with at least 6 on each band

      • CAEL minimum score of 70 with at least 70 on each subtest

  • For application purposes, unofficial test results may be submitted.  If admitted to the program, official standardized test results must be issued directly from the testing office. Test scores must be valid and verifiable.

  • Test scores cannot be more than two years old.

  • For ELP exempt countries and institutions click here.

Application Documentation Required
  • Applicants should submit supporting documents though the online application portal

  • Applicants are also required to submit the following:

    • Unofficial transcripts of all academic work in progress or completed at all post-secondary institutions attended. Specific requirements can be found here. Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized English translation.

    • Degree certificates must accompany transcripts that do not clearly indicate that a degree has been awarded/conferred/granted: and the date on which the degree was conferred. Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized English translation.

    • Proof of English Language Proficiency.

    • The names and contact information of three referees who need to provide their recommendation letter before the stated due date. Two of your referees must be professional.

    • Your curriculum vitae (resume) which includes education, qualifications, publications, community involvement, and previous professional and research experience

    • Letter of intent (Describe why you wish to pursue graduate studies at the University of Alberta).

    • Applicants to the Oral Biology program must identify a willing faculty supervisor, a potential thesis topic, and potential funding prior to submission of your application. Please use the Faculty Member Listing to contact those in which you have common research interests in order to secure a supervisor. Once you have confirmed a Supervisor, you are required to complete the Applicant/Supervisor Checklist and submit this as part of your application. Please note that this form requires the signature of your confirmed supervisor.

*The Applicant/Supervisor Checklist will ask you to identify a potential thesis topic and sources of research funding. 

Note: An academic record that satisfies the basic entrance requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission. 

  • Official documents (transcripts, degree certificates, etc.) may be required upon receiving the conditional offer of admission letter. Documents must be sent directly from the post-secondary institution to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research office.

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Selection Process
  • Applications that meet the minimum entrance requirements are reviewed by the Oral Biology Admissions SubCommittee. 
  • Admission to the Msc Oral Biology program is dependent upon the recommendation of the Oral Biology Admissions SubCommittee and the Department of Dentistry Graduate Studies Committee. The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research makes the final decision. 
  • Candidates may need to support themselves for the duration of their selected program, although funding from scholarships and studentships may be obtained on a competitive basis.

  • Information on the fees for Graduate students can be found on the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Website here

  • Information on the cost of living in Edmonton can also be found here


Oral Biology Graduate Program Faculty Members

Students are required to:

  • Complete the following courses:

    • DENT 542 - Research Methodology

    • DENT 543 - Introduction to Research Methods and Data Management

    • DENT 635 - Seminars in Oral Health I

    • DENT 646 - Seminars in Oral Health II

    • Elective course(s) - 3 credit units

  • Complete and defend a thesis 

  • Participate in and attend the Discovery Dental Sciences Seminars and the Graduate Student Research Day.

  •  The Department has no set Residency requirement for the MSc Dentistry, Oral Biology, and Dental Hygiene programs.  This is dependent on discussions with your Supervisor, requirements of proposed research, and course offerings (some students may be asked to take courses outside the Department and those courses may not be offered online).  Oral examinations may be required to be held in person.

The time required to complete the MSc program will vary; however, three years is considered the average.  The maximum time permitted to complete the program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is four years.