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Master of Dental Science

Dental postgraduate programs in the UTHSC College of Dentistry offer residents the opportunity to pursue study in the UTHSC College of Graduate Heath Sciences (CGHS) leading to a Master of Dental Science (MDS) degree. Postgraduate programs in Orthodontics, Periodontology, and Prosthodontics require residents to complete the MDS program in order to attain a dental specialty certificate and successfully complete residency training. Postgraduate residents in Endodontics and Pediatric Dentistry enter the MDS program during their clinical training, but may leave the MDS program prior to completion of degree requirements, as completing the MDS program is not a prerequisite to receiving a certificate in the respective specialty. Postgraduate residents in Oral Surgery do not participate in the MDS program.

The final MDS research report is a publishable manuscript formatted as required by a selected professional peer-reviewed journal in the subject areas of interest. Only high quality, professionally respected journals may be considered when identifying a publication source.

Point of clarification: Postgraduates participating in dental residency training in the College of Dentistry are designated "residents" by the University. Postgraduates pursuing a MDS degree in the College of Graduate Health Sciences are considered "students" by the University. Postgraduates involved in both dental residency training and MDS degree activities are considered to be both residents and students. These designations are important to appreciate during various aspect of postgraduate education at UTHSC.


Individuals accepted to postgraduate certificate programs in the UTHSC College of Dentistry that offer a MDS degree will be automatically admitted to the MDS Program in the College of Graduate Health Sciences. Applying to the postgraduate certificate program of choice through PASS is the only application needed.

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May 16, 2023