Masters (MSc) Oral Medicine

This three year thesis-based MSc program prepares students to plan and manage dental care for medically complex patients; diagnose and treat medically-related disorders and conditions affecting the oral and maxillofacial region, including oral mucosal diseases and salivary gland disorders; and assess and manage orofacial pain disorders and oral chemosensory disorders.

The mission of the Oral Medicine Graduate program is to educate our Oral Medicine graduate students to provide the highest quality care to the diverse communities we serve. The program will provide a valuable resource to Alberta's dentists and physicians and their patients. We strive to contribute to the high-calibre research at the University of Alberta and prepare our graduate students for academic-clinical track careers. We are committed to fostering an environment that promotes collegiality, professionalism and collaboration.

  • Application Deadlines
    The deadline for accepting fully documented applications is May 1 to September 1 the year preceding admission.
  • Entrance Requirements
    Candidates are accepted under the general regulations of the Medical Sciences Graduate Program. Completion of a DDS or equivalent degree is required with a grade point average of at least 3.0 (or equivalent qualification) in the last 60 units of course weight of their dental program. A clinical or laboratory research project and a limited teaching commitment may be expected. If the candidate does not hold a license to practice dentistry in Canada, an application must be made to be placed on the Teaching and Research Registry with the Alberta Dental Association and College.

    Graduate students in this program will be prepared to challenge the Royal College of Canada (RCDC) Fellowship national specialty examination as well as the American Board of Oral Medicine exam.

    Note: Admission to graduate programs is dependent upon the recommendation of the department's Graduate 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, evidence of previous research experience, and the quality of letters of recommendation.
    While it is not a requirement to apply, preference may be given to candidates who have successfully completed the National Dental Examining Board of Canada's (NDEB) Certification Process.

    English Language Proficiency

    All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission either by:
    1. Possession of a degree or its academic equivalent from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta, in which the language of instruction is English.
    2. A satisfactory score on an approved English language examination as described below.
    • TOEFL paper-based score of 570
    • TOEFL computer-based score equivalent of 230
    • TOEFL internet-based score equivalent of 95 (with at least 20 per section)
    • CAEL minimum score of 70 with at least 70 on each subtest
    • IELTS (Academic test) score of 7.5 with at least 6 on each band
    Standardized test results must be issued directly from the testing office. Photocopies will not be accepted. Test scores must be valid and verifiable.

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  • Program Requirements

    The requirements for the degree include coursework, seminars, a clinical component and a thesis.

    Fee Note: Please note that there may be additional fees for equipment and instrumentation rental.

    Student Research

    Students are required to complete research, usually within the established research focus of the program, and to complete a paper format thesis. Students should have their research results ready to submit to peer-reviewed journals for publication. It is anticipated that all student research projects will result in publication. Students may also have an opportunity to present their research results at an international scientific meeting prior to completion of the program.

  • Required Documentation

    All applicants should complete the online application for admission prior to submitting any supporting documents.

    Application documents required:

    • Official transcripts (or a certified true copy) from each university/institute attended
    • Original degree certificate (or a certified true copy) if your transcript does not indicate a degree earned
    • TOEFL or IELTS test score report (if your language of instruction in university was English this requirement may be waived) English Language Proficiency
    • A letter of reference and the completed appraisal template from each of 3 different referees
    • Your curriculum vitae (resume) which includes education, qualifications, publications and previous professional and research experience
    • Letter of intent - (Describe why you wish to pursue graduate studies at the University of Alberta.)

    Note: An academic record that satisfies the basic entrance requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission. Enrolment in our graduate programs is limited and the number of qualified applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available.

    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.