Doctoral (PhD) Dentistry

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 Dentistry 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 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.

  • The Department’s minimum admission requirements are undergraduate and Master’s degrees 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 Master's is required except in exceptional cases, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • The admission GPA will be calculated on the last ★60 of graded coursework completed, or on the equivalent of the last two years of full-time graded coursework.

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.

  • 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 Dentistry 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. Please note that it is beneficial to include a research proposal when contacting individual faculty members.  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. 

  • 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 Dentistry Admissions SubCommittee. Candidates are invited for an interview with the SubCommittee.  

  • Admission to the PhD Dentistry program is dependent upon the recommendation of the Dentistry Admissions SubCommittee, the Department of Dentistry graduate Studies Committee, and the Medical Sciences Graduate Program Committee. The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research makes the final decision. 

Fees
  • 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.
  • 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
Program

Dentistry 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) - 6 credit units

  • Successfully complete a Candidacy examination

  • Successfully complete and defend a thesis 

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

  • The Department requires Students to reside in Edmonton for a minimum of two years. Residency for the remainder of the program is dependent on discussions with your Supervisor, requirements of 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 in-person.

  • The time required to complete the PhD 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 six years.