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 Director of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences Director of Graduate Programs, who serves as the academic advisor for MS degree students. The developed program of study will meet the student’s individual needs and research interests, satisfy discipline-specific requirements, and assure upon graduation that the following student learning outcomes are met:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the link between scientific research & clinical care
  • Conduct literature reviews and have the aptitude to assess the validity of literature and determine how it may be applied in both research and clinical settings
  •  Demonstrate the ability to prepare and conduct original research projects
  • Develop the capability to produce written materials that are clear, well-organized, insightful, and drawn from evidence-based research
  • Employ the Communications skills needed to successfully convey important scientific and clinical concepts in oral presentations and communications
  • Apply and practice professional ethics with the highest standards of integrity in all facets of research and clinical practice.  Part of fulfilling this objective is to complete the CITI Research Ethics Tutorial at https://www.citiprogram.org/default.asp


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 80 on the Internet based test. An IELTS score of 6.0 or above may be accepted in place of the TOEFL.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE), with the following minimum scores:

 

GRE

Score Scale

Quantitative

145

Verbal

155

Analytical Writing

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)

2. Submit the following items as email attachments to the Oral and Craniofacial Sciences Graduate Programs contact liljequiste@umkc.edu:

  • 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.
  • 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 or IELTS scores
  • Statement of Finance

2. Submit the following items as email attachments to the Oral and Craniofacial Sciences Graduate Programs contact liljequiste@umkc.edu:

  • 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.
  • Resume/CV

* Note on Recommendation Letters

Recommendation letters may be addressed to:
Dr. M.P. Walker, Director of Oral & Craniofacial Sciences Graduate Programs
UMKC School of Dentistry
650 East 25th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108-2795


Information Resources

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

 

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

Contact Info

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

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

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