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Oral Biology (Master of Science)

A Master of Science in Oral Biology is geared toward providing a sound didactic basis for students interested in pursuing dentistry as a profession.

The graduate program in Oral Biology is a program of study culminating in the Master of Science degree.

The proposed program is flexible and will foster an interdisciplinary approach using School of Dentistry research, courses and facilities to cater to the needs of individual students. A research project will be required.

The program will be geared toward providing a sound didactic basis for students interested in pursuing dentistry as a profession. It will also provide research opportunities and teaching experience in an effort to model graduate students for an academic career as clinician educators and academic dentists.


The program will provide a choice of two tracks of study. The first will be in dental materials and include didactic and research emphasis in modern materials science.

The second will be in oral biology and emphasize didactic and research in anatomical sciences and histology. Both tracks will equip students to analyze research and clinical literature.

Both will also provide an opportunity in the second year to teach in first year pre-doctoral dental laboratory courses.

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Program Details

Program Goals and Curriculum

At the time of the completion of the program the graduates will be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Demonstrate disciplinary competence and proficiency in Oral Biology with a global perspective on Oral Health and dentistry to provide a service to others.
  • Demonstrate an ability to combine critical thinking, research and problem solving in Oral Biology.
  • Demonstrate ethical decision making, service and responsibility in accordance with the Judeo-Christian tradition and Ignatian values.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively as mentees and mentors across the distinctions of the diverse faculty, students and staff involved in the graduate experience.
  • Respectfully and effectively communicate information through all modes of expression.
  • Demonstrate deliberative reflection for lifelong personal and professional formation.


  • MS Oral Biology – Dental Materials Track
  • MS Oral Biology – Anatomical Sciences Track


Please contact Barbara O’Kane, PhD at 402.280.5029.

At Creighton School of Dentistry, our faculty members are exceptional teachers dedicated to our mission and vision. They approach student education with a spirit of collaboration that creates a cohesive learning experience. 

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Oral Biology program, applicants must:

  • Complete a Dental Admission Test (DAT) from the American Dental Association
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Submit three letters of reference (2 science, 1 non science)
  • Provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended. Read more about sending transcripts here

A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

International students are welcomed into this program and F-1 visas will be supported upon admission.

International applicants must:

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit our financial aid site for more details.

To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.

Still have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731 for any additional questions you may have. 

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