Master of Science in Oral Biology


Master of  
Oral Biology

  • Close-knit Professional Community
  • Award Winning Faculty
  • Curricular Emphasis on the connection between Clinical Care and Biomedical Research
  • Outstanding Biomedical Research Opportunities
  • Nationally Recognized (award winning) Students
  • Outstanding preparation for entering advanced graduate programs and/or expanded career opportunities in dentistry in academia, the military, or private practice.


The Master of Science Oral biology is a thesis based program comprised of 36 credit hours of courses, which can be completed in a minimum of five semesters. Faculty embrace an interdisciplinary approach that promotes research training emphasizing integrative methodologies including expertise in molecular, cellular at both in vitro and in vivo levels. The strong connection between the basic sciences and clinical care is emphasized in every course. Teaching the students in this manner allows faculty to engage students and inspire them to discover new scientific findings that improve the clinical sciences and strengthens the need for life-long learning.


Faculty members are active in several national and international organizations including the International Association for Dental Research, the American Association for Dental Research, American Dental Education Association, American Heart Association, American Academy of Implant Dentistry Research Foundation and the International Academy of Oral Oncology, as well as the National Institute of Health (NIH)/National Institution of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) where they serve on committees and review groups. Several faculty members also serve on the editorial boards as reviewers for major scientific journals. These associations demonstrate excellence, integrity, and leadership in our faculty. These attributes are also expected and demonstrated by our students as evident by a high success rate in securing presentations at national meetings and winning national awards in their specialties.


Applicants for the Graduate Program in Oral Biology have a dentistry background or interest.

Meet the Program Director

Regina Messer, PhD

 Regina Messer, PhD

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