Dental Biomaterials Master's Program


Program Description

Graduate students in dental biomaterials pursue the application of scientific principles to the study of dental biomaterials including relationships among compositions, physical properties, and clinical properties for dental biomaterial systems. A student in the dental biomaterials program must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work, consisting of a curriculum of graduate dental biomaterials courses (23 credits), statistics (3)  and thesis work (6).

The dental biomaterials graduate program is an interdisciplinary program covering principles of materials science, engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, and dentistry. Satisfactory completion of the didactic and research components of the program results in a master’s degree through the Marquette University Graduate School.

In addition to the courses offered by the School of Dentistry, master’s candidates may be required by their program adviser to select courses offered through the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science or other departments. Elective courses in appropriate areas such as the dental graduate core curriculum (from the School of Dentistry) or materials science (from the College of Engineering) may also be selected according to the backgrounds and interests of the individual students.

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Requirements and course work can be found on the Graduate School bulletin.

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Tim Carter

phone: (414) 288-7139


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Application Deadline

Applicants to dental biomaterials are encouraged to have their complete application submitted by February 1 to be considered for the fall entry class. Spring semester entry is possible every other year (even years). The program director notifies admitted students regarding the starting date for their program.

Application Requirements

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  1.  completed Marquette University application form and application fee online. Applicants must apply through Marquette, or they are not considered for admission. In addition, applicants may also apply through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) operated by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), but it is not required. The endodontics and orthodontics programs do not accept PASS.
  2. Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette. International applicants must have course grades converted to numerical values of 4.000, 3.000, 2.000, and 1.000 or to corresponding letter grades of A, B, C, and D, respectively. Where such a conversion is not possible, an explanation of the grading system used in the foreign dental school and undergraduate institution should accompany the official English translation of the grade transcripts.
  3. Undergraduate and dental school grade point averages, and class rank in dental school.
  4. Three letters of recommendation reflecting the applicant’s clinical and academic abilities.
  5. Scores from the National Board Dental Examinations, Part I and Part II. Not required from dental biomaterials applicants or from graduates of non-U.S./non-Canadian dental schools.
  6.  GRE scores strongly recommended (General Test only).
  7. A curriculum vitae and a personal statement.
  8. (For international applicants only) a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.

Teaching assistantships in the Dental Biomaterials program are not typically available. Research assistantships are occasionally available but rely on current funding status of program faculty. Private scholarships may be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses.