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Master of Science in Medical Sciences - Oral Medicine

The Department of Dentistry offers a thesis-based MSc degree in Medical Sciences - Oral Medicine. Through a combination of didactic and clinical courses, the program is structured to prepare the dental graduate for Oral Medicine practice and/or an educational academic appointment. Clinical expertise is supplemented by off-service rotations in a variety of medical disciplines. This is a thesis-based program. (See Medical Sciences .)

Entrance Requirements

The Department’s minimum admission requirements are a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or equivalent with an average of 3.0 on a four-point scale (see: Academic Requirements  for details on Graduate GPA calculation).

Where applicable, applicants must provide proof of English Language Proficiency (refer to English Language Requirement ). Any one of the following is acceptable:

  • TOEFL (internet-based) minimum score 95 and the following minimum score on each of the individual skill areas: Listening 22, Reading 22, Speaking 26, and Writing 24;
  • CAEL minimum score of 80 with at least 70 on each subtest;
  • or an IELTS (Academic) minimum score of 7.5 with at least 7 on each band.

Applicants are also required to provide the following:

  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A statement of intent
  • Three professional letters of recommendation
  • An official letter from the Dean of the Dental School stating that the applicant had no professional conduct issues.
  • Applicants who are not licensed but are in a Canada/USA accredited GPR program are required to obtain a letter from the Program Director stating they are in good standing with no professional conduct issues.
  • Letter(s) of good standing from current and all previous licensing bodies. For candidates not licensed yet but in a General Practice Residency (GPR) program, a letter from the Program Director stating they are in good standing with no professional conduct issues is required.
  • A personal interview is required for short-listed applicants. These applicants will be advised of the arranged interview date by e-mail.

Admission is dependent upon the approval of the Division of Oral Medicine Admissions Committee, the Department of Dentistry Graduate Studies Committee and the Medical Sciences Graduate Program Committee.

Applicants that are not licensed by Alberta Dental Association and College (ADA&C), need to be registered on the Education and Research Register from the ADA&C by August 1 prior to starting the program.

Applicants who already possess a full license from the ADA&C do not need to obtain additional licensure.

For the MSc in Oral Medicine the application deadline is September 1 for the following September admission.

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of 56 units in required coursework as well as a thesis and also attend a specified number of seminars per year. 

  • Student progress will be monitored through written and/or oral assessment. Feedback from this assessment serves to identify areas that require additional attention by the student. The assessment will permit the development of specific clinical and/or didactic improvement objectives before the next assessment.

The program of study is determined by the Graduate Program Director in consultation with the supervisor and the supervisory committee.

Required courses (56 units)


In exceptional circumstances, a student may be required to complete additional graduate-level coursework that is above the required program credit load in preparation to undertake their thesis research. These courses will be chosen in consultation with the student’s supervisor and supervisory committee (where applicable), and approved by the department.


  • Registration in 900-level THES. Students are required to complete and defend a thesis.


Students must attend seminars and participate in the Graduate Student Research Day.

Requirements for Clinical courses

These requirements must be met prior to starting the clinical courses. If there is an associated fee, students are responsible for the costs incurred.

  • Medical Testing and Immunization Requirements: To ensure, insofar as possible, both student and patient safety, the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry requires that all students must have their immunization status reviewed and updated as necessary by a qualified healthcare professional upon acceptance into a health sciences program. (University Infectious Diseases Regulation)
  • Police Information Checks and Protection for Persons in Care: Applicants should be aware that a clear Police Information Check (PIC) is required as a condition of admission and that any criminal charges pending must be declared. (Requirement for Police Information Checks); (Protection for Persons in Care)
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification (CPR) is required for all students registered in the program. The School will only accept Canadian or American Heart and Stroke: Basic Life Support CPR for healthcare providers. No other courses will be accepted to meet the CPR requirement. Students must provide evidence of valid CPR certification at the beginning of each fall term throughout the course of their program. A CPR BLS Provider certificate is valid for one year from the completion date of the course. Online CPR course certifications will NOT be accepted; students must attend an in-person course. Students who do not have current Basic Life Support Provider CPR certification cannot participate in clinical courses.  You may visit the Heart and Stroke website at Courses to find courses offered in Basic Life Support CPR for health care providers.
    We encourage all students, even those with existing certification, to ensure their certification will cover the entire academic year.  Students with existing certification are strongly encouraged to renew early to be in sync with the academic calendar. Students are responsible for the costs associated with this training. 
  • Professional Standards for Students in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry: (Professional and Ethical Standards)
  • The Department of Dentistry Technical Standards Policy: defines the necessary knowledge, skills, professional behaviors, and attitudes expected of students. (Technical Standards)

Length of Program

The time required to complete the program is three years.

The maximum time permitted to complete the program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is four years.


Students are responsible for all program-related fees.