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Oral and Craniofacial Sciences Academic Program

The Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences (DOCS) offers basic, translational, and clinical study programs in oral biology, biomedical research and health that span spatial scales from the molecular and cellular levels to the whole organism level. Studies include fundamental biological phenomena related to the development, structure, and function of the craniofacial region and the development of new therapies, biomaterials, and diagnostic tools for the treatment of diseases and disorders in the craniofacial area.

Oral and Craniofacial Sciences Academic Programs provides a stimulating and collegial environment to prepare motivated and qualified students for careers in academia, dental medicine, industry, and government. Student applicants to the School of Dental Medicine pre-doctoral program (First Professional DMD Program) will be invited for interviews on condition of good standing in the Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences and of satisfying the pre-doctoral program entrance requirements.

Admissions will only be considered for the fall term each year. However, early applications are encouraged, and offers may be extended to suitably qualified candidates before the application deadline.

Oral & Craniofacial Academic Program Resources

Students may earn Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Science (MS) degree in Oral and Craniofacial Science within one of two research concentrations: Craniofacial and Dental Genetics or Craniofacial Tissue Regeneration