Dental Materials Program - MS/MSD

Program Director: Marco Bottino, DDS, MSc, PhD
Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor 
Department of Restorative Dentistry
Division of Dental Biomaterials
Indiana University School of Dentistry
1121 West Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 274-5148 (telephone number)
(317) 278-7462 (fax number)

Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Dental Materials Program at Indiana University School of Dentistry. Students accepted for this program work toward fulfilling requirements for the Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD) degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry or for a Master of Science (MS) degree from the Graduate School at Indiana University. Individuals who have a dental degree may elect either degree program. Those who do not have a dental degree would be enrolled in the Master of Science program in the Indiana University Graduate School.

Dentists in the MSD dental materials program will complete didactic courses in Dental Materials.  Their minor normally is in one of the restorative dentistry specialties.   Former dental students who choose the MS curriculum may either minor in a basic science or one of the restorative dentistry specialties.

Students without dental degrees will complete the MS curriculum and minor in a basic science or one of the fields of engineering available at the University.

In addition, a research project is conducted which culminates in a thesis acceptable by the appropriate graduate committee and/or school. The program is normally 24 months in duration.

General course requirements, thesis requirements and final examinations in fulfillment of degree requirements are describe in the Graduate Student Handbook.  The requirements for the degree may change or be amended and it will be the student's obligation to keep abreast of these changes by maintaining close contact with his/her program director.

Application Procedure

Application Deadline:  November 1

Applicants are required to complete the university online application.   

The following items may be uploaded directly to the application:

  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV) - A CV is a type of resume, most often used in academia that provides a summary of one's personal accomplishments, goals, professional achievements, employment history and research completed and any research publications.
  • A personal statement may be upload to the online application or sent with supplemental materials.  In your own words, describe experiences that have shaped your interest in our program.  Outline your professional goals; immediate and long term.  In your personal statement, it is imperative that you cite your sources, if you include any statements or quotes that are not your original thought.
  • Supplemental Questions   You may either upload the form to the online application or send with supplemental materials.

Letters of recommendation:  Two letters of recommendation are required from professional sources that can provide an unbiased critical assessment of your abilities, skills and strengths and weaknesses and comment on your qualifications for graduate dental study.   Examples of professional and academic sources are professors and clinical instructors.  Evaluations should not be requested from a non-academic person unless you have extensive work experience with that individual and/or you have been away from academic institutions for some time.   Please add evaluators name and email address to the online application.   Each evaluator will be sent an e-evaluation form.

Please submit the following supplemental materials directly to the address below.

Indiana University School of Dentistry
Office of Graduate Education
1121 W Michigan Street, Room 280B
Indianapolis, IN  46202

  • Official transcript and diploma.  The transcript and diploma need to be submitted in a sealed envelope.  If the original documents are not in English, a verified translation must be sent with your official transcripts in your native language.

  • Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) Course-by-Course Evaluation Report.  We will accept a copy of this report.    Information on the ECE is available at:

  • Official National Board Scores  (if completed – not required for admission)

  • Dental Cumulative GPA and rank (if school ranked students)

  • Certificate of Disciplinary History Form (attached)

  • All applicants must be proficient in the English language. Only applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL. Applicants must submit an original score report of the TOEFL examination (IBT format) earned within the past two (2) years. This report should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to the Program (institution code 1325, department code 38). A score of 79 or above on the internet-based format of the TOEFL examination is required.   A grade of 6.5 or higher on the Cambridge International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also acceptable. 

  • If admitted to the program, a completed Financial Support Agreement Form from each sponsor and all required supporting documentation will need to be sent to the IUPUI International Affairs Office.

An interview in person is not required but is recommended.  For individuals who speak English as a second language, either an interview in person or by telephone is required.

Status of Application

Applicants will receive notification of receipt of their application.  The Committee will not review incomplete files; therefore, it is up to the applicant to verify status of his/her file.  Completed applications are reviewed and acceptance letters and contracts will be sent to each accepted applicant.  

Starting Date

MSD program:  Accepted international students must arrive the end of May in order to complete the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) placement examination.  If an English course is required as a result of the placement examination, the English course will be completed the month of June.  The MSD curriculum begins in July.

MS program:  The MD curriculum will begin mid-August (the beginning of the fall semester).

Students are not admitted for spring semester (January).

Rules Determining Resident and Nonresident Student Status for Indiana University Fee Purposes

With very few exceptions, if you enter Indiana University School of Dentistry as a non-resident, you will remain a non-resident (for fee-paying purposes) throughout your postgraduate education.  Attending Indiana University School of Dentistry for one year does not entitle you to resident tuition if you are not from Indiana.

If you have any questions regarding the MS or MSD dental materials graduate program, please email the Office of Graduate Education at