Doctoral (PhD) Dentistry

PhD in Medical Sciences (Dentistry) is offered for post-DDS applicants proceeding from a MSc or equivalent degree.
  • Application Deadlines
    The deadline for fully documented applications is as follows:

    January 1 (open) - May 1 (close) September admission
    May 1 (open) - July 1 (close) January admission

    It is recommended that international students submit their application 6 months prior to admission date to allow time to process student visa.

  • 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.

    The program is research-oriented, consisting of core and elective 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. Candidates must submit to an interview by the department's Graduate Admissions Committee. 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.

    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.

    Note: Applicants may apply to the program without identification of a thesis supervisor for a limited number of positions. However, applicants to the program who can identify a willing faculty supervisor, a potential thesis topic, and potential funding may increase their chance for admission. This information should be attached to your application (in your letter of intent) for further consideration by the admissions committee.

    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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  • Required Documentation

    Applicants should complete the online application (make sure GSMS) for admission prior to submitting any supporting documents.

    Application documents required:

    Official transcripts (or a certified true copy) from each university/educational institution 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)

    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. Indicate your potential supervisor, the sources of funding, and a potential research topic.)

    Applicant/Supervisor Checklist

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

    Program Requirements

    The requirements for this degree consist of coursework, completion of a research project, and preparation of a thesis. Course requirements include both core courses of the Graduate Dentistry curriculum and electives which are recommended by the Supervisor and Supervisory Committee based on the background of the student and the area of specialization to be undertaken.

    Students should have their research results ready to submit to peer reviewed journals for publication prior to graduation.