Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences

Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences - Master of Science in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences


Program Overview

The School of Dentistry offers a program leading to an M.S. in oral and craniofacial sciences. The goal of the program is to introduce students to the scientific method and to assist them in developing academic careers. The program includes advanced work in basic, behavioral and clinical sciences relating to dentistry. The coursework and thesis present an opportunity for the student to cross traditional departmental lines and undertake an interdisciplinary approach to the study of problems related to oral and craniofacial sciences. On successful completion of all necessary coursework and thesis requirements, the student is awarded a master of science degree in oral and craniofacial sciences.


Program Objectives

In addition to writing a research proposal, completing a research project, and writing a thesis, a minimum of 30 credit hours including the core curriculum is required for the MS Degree. The course curriculum will be developed in consultation with the Oral and Craniofacial Sciences Director of Graduate Research Programs and faculty who serve on the supervisory committee. The developed program of study will meet the student’s individual needs and research interests, satisfy discipline-specific requirements, and assure upon graduation that students are able to:

  • Demonstrate appropriate depth and breadth of knowledge in their discipline
  • Use scholarship and research skills to evaluate the literature and make evidence-based decisions
  • Work effectively in a collaborative environment
  • Effectively communicate results of their research to diverse audiences
  • Apply ethical principles to all aspects of their professional life
  • Think critically and creatively as clinicians and researchers
  • Develop skills to become good mentors and communicators
  • Successfully complete the CITI Research Ethics Tutorial at: https://www.citiprogram.org/default.aspWhen finished, the Certificate of Successful Completion will be printed and turned in to the Oral and Craniofacial Sciences Administrative Office to be placed in the student’s file.


Master of Science Program Requirements

The candidate enrolled in this program must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework. These courses must be listed on the Master's Degree Program of Study Form and must be signed by the thesis adviser, members of the thesis committee, and chair of the Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences.

 

Specialty Certificate Programs
If you are interested in applying for a specialty program (Orthodontics, Periodontics, Endodontics) and are also interested in a Master of Science, please note that separate applications are required for each program. To learn more about the certificate programs, click here.


Master of Science Admissions Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree or a D.D.S. or equivalent degree.
  • A minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 for all undergraduate work, including dental school if applicable.
  • National Boards Examination Scores, if available.
  • The TOEFL is required for all international applicants, who must have a score of at least 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the Internet based test.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE), with the following minimum scores:

GRE

Old Score Scale

New Score Scale

Quantitative

533

145

Verbal

533

155

Analytical Writing

4.0

4.0

 

 

Application Deadlines
The Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences has a rolling deadline and accepts MS applications year round.

 

Application Procedures – Domestic Applicants
1. Submit complete UMKC graduate school application (online application fee is $35) to the UMKC Office of Admissions with the following:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Official GRE scores
  • National Boards Examination Scores (if available)

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2. Submit via GRASP (Graduate Application Summary Process, go to http://www.umkc.edu/GRASP/ or fax to 573-884-4898) the following items:

  • Three letters of recommendation *
  • Personal Statement: indicating your past research experience, your reason for pursuing the Master of Science in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences and your research interests. Please note that the GRASP personal statement form has a limit of 1000 characters. Applicants are not required to but may attach a longer statement as a separate document.
  • Resume/CV


Application Procedures – International Applicants

1. Submit complete UMKC graduate school application (online application fee is $75) to the UMKC the Office of International Student Affairs http://www.umkc.edu/isao/graduate_admission.cfm with the following:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Official GRE scores
  • Official TOEFL scores

2. Submit via GRASP (Graduate Application Summary Process, go to http://www.umkc.edu/GRASP/ or fax to 573-884-4894) the following items:

  • Copy of passport with biographical information and photo
  • Statement of Finance (such as a bank statement)
  • Financial documentation (a detailed explanation is provided in GRASP)
  • Three letters of recommendation *
  • Personal Statement: indicating your past research experience, your reason for pursuing the Master of Science in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences and your research interests. Please note that the GRASP personal statement form has a limit of 1000 characters. Applicants are not required to but may attach a longer statement as a separate document.
  • Resume/CV

* Note on Recommendation Letters
Though submitted via GRASP (see above) recommendation letters may be addressed to:

Dr. M.P. Walker, Director of Graduate Research Programs
Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, UMKC School of Dentistry
650 East 25th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108-2795

Information Resources
Graduate Resources, Information and Program (GRIP)
Graduate Application Supplementary Process (GRASP)
University Catalogs
Financial Aid
International Student Admissions
Residency Status
School of Graduate Studies
Student Housing
Dental School Housing Resources Link

Domestic applicants can view tuition/fee information here:
http://www.umkc.edu/adminfinance/finance/cashiers/dentistry-tuition-fee-rates.asp

International applicants can consult additional tuition/fee information here:
http://www.umkc.edu/isao/tuition.cfm


Master’s Degree Program Overview

Program Timeline

Program of Study Course Lists
Orthodontics
Endodontics
Periodontics
Non-Certificate


Forms

Program of Study Form
Research Proposal Guidelines
Research Proposal Approval Form
Research Proposal Committee Evaluation Form

 

Additional Information
Check out our Professional Development Seminar Series
Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences Faculty
Check out our Master’s Students

Contact Info

Dr. M. P. Walker
Director of Graduate Research Programs
Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences

Please contact us at fifej@umkc.edu for information and further assistance.

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