Master of Science Degree in Oral Biology

The Master of Science (MS) degree through the Division of Oral Biology and Medicine is open to U.S. and foreign holders of dental degrees, residents enrolled in certificate programs, and those interested in additional oral biology research experience.

This 2-year program, is led by Cun-Yu Wang, PhD, DDS, Program Director, and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, with Shen Hu, PhD as the Master's Advisor.

Only 12 to 15 students a year are accepted into this coveted Master’s program.

What to Expect

The MS degree is formatted by a course component, resulting in a thesis presentation at the end of the program. Candidates are required to complete 36 units, of which 29 units must be Oral Biology core courses. The remainder will be from elective courses (a minimum of six units) essential to the student's research area, and at the graduate level.

The first year of the program consists mostly of oral biology coursework and two lab rotations, although students may start on their thesis research if the subject and lab have been identified by this time.

Selection Factors

  • Undergraduate GPA and science-course grades

  • Recommendation letters

  • Statement of purpose

  • TOEFL (required for international applicants)

Contact Us

Matthew Dingman
Division Administrator for Oral Biology and Medicine & Counselor
Phone: (310) 825-1955
mdingman@dentistry.ucla.edu