Masters (MSc) Orthodontics

The three-year MSc program provides the academic and clinical experience for a successful private practice career. Program completion will depend on completion of program requirements including; coursework, clinical case completion, seminars, and defence of research findings (thesis). Additionally, there may be an opportunity to present the results at scientific meetings.

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

  • Entrance Requirements

    Completion of a DDS or equivalent degree is required, with a grade point average of at least 3.4 (or equivalent qualification) in the last 60 units of course weight of their dental program. 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.

    Candidates should be prepared to support themselves for the duration of their selected program, although funding from scholarships and studentships may be obtained on a competitive basis.

    A cost recovery clinical operation fee of $16,127/year will be required in addition to regular instructional and non-instructional fees which can be accessed here.

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

    In addition to the general entrance requirements (Dentistry), a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or equivalent dental professional designation is required. Applicants to the Orthodontics program must:

    1. Provide an official letter from their dental school noting their class ranking upon graduation from dentistry.
    2. Have completed at least one year of experience as a licensed dentist prior to the start of the program. Letter(s) of good standing from current and previous licensing bodies must be provided. Proof of clinical involvement as a licensed dentist not later than two years prior to application is required. Letter(s) of good standing from current and previous licensing bodies must be provided.
    3. Complete a required personal interview if short-listed. Those applicants will be advised of the arranged interview date by e-mail.

    Admission is dependent upon the recommendation of the Division of Orthodontics Selection Committee, the Department of Dentistry's Graduate Committee and the Medical Sciences Graduate Program Committee.

    For applicants that are not licensed by Alberta Dental Association and College (ADA&C), a condition of admission is for candidates to obtain registration on the Education and Research Register from the ADA&C by August 1 prior to starting the program in the fall term. Candidates who already possess a full license from the ADA&C do not need to obtain additional licensure.

    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.

  • Application Deadlines

    Applications accepted May 1 to September 1 the year preceding admission.

    Deadline for online application for admission and all required admission documents.

  • English Language Proficiency
    All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission either by:
    1. 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.
    2. A satisfactory score on an approved English language examination as described below.
    • TOEFL internet-based score equivalent of 95 (with at least 20 per section)
    • IELTS (Academic test) score of 7.5 with at least 6 on each band
    • CAEL minimum score of 70 with at least 70 on each subtest
    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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  • Required Documentation

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

    Required application documents:

    • Official transcripts of all academic work in progress or completed at a post-secondary institution and a notarized copy of your dental school marks must be submitted with your application. Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized English translation.
    • A notarized copy of your dental school degree diploma must be submitted with your application. Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized English translation.
    • A letter from your Dental School noting your graduation ranking (it should include the number of students in your graduating class and your ranking within the class).
    • Letter(s) of good standing from current and previous licensing bodies. For candidates not licensed but in a GPR program, a letter from the Program Director stating they are in good standing with no professional conduct issues is required.
    • 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. Enrollment 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.

  • Selection Process

    Applications for the MSc in Medical Sciences (Orthodontics) will be reviewed by all full-time faculty members of the Division of Orthodontics. Suitable candidates will be invited to interview. The interview committee may include full-time Orthodontic Academic staff, an Orthodontic Graduate student, Affiliate Academic staff and a representative from the Orthodontic Alumni/Mentorship Association. Interviewed candidates will be rank ordered and offers of admission made.

    Admission to the MSc in Medical Sciences (Orthodontics) is dependent upon the recommendation of the department's Graduate Committee. Candidates are accepted under the general regulations of the Medical Sciences Graduate Program. Applicants must have completed a recognized undergraduate Dentistry program and meet the eligibility requirements established by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Studies Committee of the Department of Dentistry.

  • Curriculum

    Completion of the following courses is required:

    • OBIOL 500 (Oral Biology I)
      Functional anatomy of head and neck, development, structure, function, and biochemistry of connective tissues associated with the jaws and cell biology. Course offered in alternate years.
    • OBIOL 501 (Oral Biology II)
      A continuation of Oral Biology I. Craniofacial development and selected topics in physiology. Course offered in alternate years.
    • DENT 530 (Orthodontic Techniques & Biomechanics)
      A comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of biomechanics in orthodontic treatment. Involves both the theoretical and practical application of biomechanical principles to orthodontic problem resolution through classroom and laboratory instruction.
    • DENT 531 (Advanced Orthodontic Biomechanics)
      This advanced course in orthodontic biomechanics and techniques will provide orthodontic graduate students the biomechanical analysis and understanding of how to handle complex clinical orthodontic cases. This course will instruct the orthodontic graduate students in the use of mini screws in clinical orthodontics. Prerequisite: DENT 530.
    • DENT 532 (Growth and Development)
      A detailed review of the postnatal growth and development of human craniofacial structures. Longitudinal and cross sectional growth data are presented. Course offered in alternate years.
    • DENT 540 (Orthodontic Seminars)
      Selected orthodontically related theoretical and practical topics along with orthodontic case management presentations are discussed in both seminar and preclinical formats.
    • DENT 541 (Orthodontic Clinics)
      Applied clinical education and experience is obtained through supervised management of selected orthodontic cases.
    • DENT 551 (Introduction to Applied Statistics)
      Analysis of variance, multiple linear regressions, measures of association and agreement, logistic regression, and non-parametric methods. Topics will also include sample size calculation, power analysis, and a brief introduction to meta-analysis. The concepts will be illustrated by problems in the dental and medical sciences. Applications to real data will be emphasized through the use of SPSS and R.
    • DENT 552 (Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis)
      Multivariate analysis of variance, repeated measures, multivariate linear regression, principal components, discriminate analysis, cluster analysis, and multidimensional scaling will be studied. Topics will also include shape analysis in three dimensions. The concepts will be illustrated by problems in dentistry and medical sciences. Each student will submit a written report and present a research project focusing on these statistical methods. Applications to real data will be emphasized through the use of SPSS and R. Prerequisite: DENT 551.
    • DENT 565 (Evidence Based Dentistry)
      This course focuses on the general principles of evidence based dentistry. It will cover some basic principles of epidemiology, formulation of the clinical question, search and acquisition of available scientific evidence, critical appraisal and application of evidence in a dentistry context. A final written assignment is a course requirement.
    • DENT 566 (Systematic Reviews in Dentistry)
      This course focuses on the general principles of Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis in Dentistry. It will cover principles, procedures problems and limitations in Systematic Reviews. Different types of Systematic Reviews would be analyzed. Use of Meta-Analysis as a statistical tool in Systematic Reviews will also be covered. Having a systematic review ready for submission to a peer reviewed journal is a course requirement. Prerequisite: DENT 565.
    • DENT 640 (Orthodontic Seminars)
      Second year seminar and preclinical presentations. Requires successful completion of DENT 540.
    • DENT 641 (Orthodontic Clinics)
      Second year applied clinical educational program. Requires successful completion of DENT 541.
    • DENT 740 (Orthodontic Seminars)
      Third year seminar and preclinical presentations. Requires successful completion of DENT 640.
    • DENT 741 (Orthodontic Clinics)
      Third year applied clinical educational program. There will be an opportunity for 3 one-week internships as part of this course. Requires successful completion of DENT 641.
  • Clinical Outcome Assessment
    Outcome-based assessments are completed during the first year and second year. Full-time academic staff will assess diagnosis and treatment planning skills. Feedback from this assessment will serve to identify weak areas in the student's progress that will permit the development of specific improvement objectives before the next annual assessment. Failure to overcome the limitations will require the student to extend their program to allow for remediation or may imply a failing grade in the clinical course(s).
  • 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.