Feb 26, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dentistry, MS

The Master of Science degree programs in the Orofacial Pain, Orthodontics, and Periodontology graduate specialty programs are designed to produce graduates who are clinically adept, well versed in research and the biologic basis for dentistry, and prepared to function at a high level of accomplishment in both clinical practice and academic dentistry.  These interdisciplinary programs involve dental school clinical and graduate program faculty as well as faculty from other programs throughout the University of Kentucky.  All students receive teaching experience in anticipation of full- or part-time academic involvement after graduation.   

Successful completion of the Master of Science degree is prerequisite before the awarding of a training certificate in the Orthodontics and Periodontology programs.  The Masters of Science degree is available in two options: 

  • Plan A, minimum of 30 credits, plus a Master’s Thesis and successful thesis defense 

  • Plan B, minimum of 30 credits, successful research project results defense, plus a manuscript completion for a peer-reviewed journal based on research project results.   


Admission Requirements 

  • Applicants to any of the Master of Science degree programs must have a D.M.D./D.D.S. degree from an accredited United States or Canadian dental school or equivalent. 

  • Applicants who are not native English speakers must score at least 550 (paper,) 213 (computer) or 79 (internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 

  • The Graduate School requires an overall grade point average of 3.00 on all graduate work; individual programs may have higher requirements. 

  • The individual degree programs may have different admission requirements; please consult the individual degree program website: 



Program Requirements

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