Masters (MSc) Periodontics

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. The Thesis-based MSc in Medical Sciences-Periodontics / PhD in Medical Sciences-Periodontics will provide extensive, cutting-edge, top-of-the-line training in these areas. An emphasis will be given for the classic as well as the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, and also to training in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures. Residents will treat complex and advanced periodontal cases including patients with a complex medical history. In addition, the residents will be specially trained in the placement and repair of dental implants and bone related surgeries.

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 Periodontology exam.

Masters (MSc) Medical Sciences-Periodontics

MSc in Medical Sciences (Periodontics) is offered for post-DDS/DMD applicants. The minimum time required to complete the degree is three years.

  • Application Deadlines
    Applications accepted 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 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. At least one year of experience as a licensed dentist within five years prior to the start of the program is also required. A clinical or laboratory research project and a limited teaching commitment may be expected. Preference will be given to candidates who present a master's of science degree. 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.

    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.

    As part of the admission process, selected applicants will be invited to an interview.

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

    A Clinic Operations 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.

    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 a clinical component and a thesis. Student progress will be monitored through an annual written and/or oral external assessment. Feedback from this assessment serves to identify areas that require additional attention by the student. The assessment will permit the development of specific clinical and/or didactic improvement objectives before the next annual assessment. The program of study is determined in consultation with the Supervisor and Supervisory Committee.

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  • Required Documentation

    Applicants should complete the online application 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. Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized English translation.

    An official note of their class ranking (if applicable) upon graduation from dentistry.

    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 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 Students and Research Office.