Graduate Operative Dentistry

Program Director:  N. Blaine Cook, DDS, MSD
Professor and Director of Graduate Operative Dentistry
Department of Restorative Dentistry
Indiana University School of Dentistry
1121 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
FAX: (317) 278-1076

Program Graduation Requirements:

General course requirements, thesis requirements and final examinations in fulfillment of degree requirements are described in the IUSD Academic Bulletin IUSD Academic Bulletin.  The requirements for the degree or certificate 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 advisor.

A MS/ MSD Majors (Master of Science in Dentistry) degree is awarded upon completion of the required didactic and clinical competency program and a research project, including successful defense of a thesis.  

Minimum requirements:  The minimum requirements for the Operative Dentistry MSD degree include 30 hours of coursework, of which 18 hours must be devoted to didactic work.  A minimum of 6 hours must be earned toward an approved minor subject outside the major concentration.  Other elective subjects may be selected based on the student's educational objectives.  A total of 6 hours must be in research, additional research credit cannot be used toward fulfillment of the degree.

Application Requirements:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.00/4.00
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 79 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5.
  • Clinical and research experience will strengthen your application.

Application Information:

Application Deadline:   September 1

Application Process:  All applicants must complete the University online application. 

US applicants:  US citizens who have completed their secondary education in the US

International applicants:   A US citizen, permanent resident (green card), refugee, political asylee whose secondary education was outside of the US.  Or a non-US citizen whose secondary education was outside and/or in the US.

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 will be reviewed and candidates are selected and may be invited for an interview.  Following the interview process, acceptance letters and contracts will be sent to each accepted applicant. 

Starting Date
Admitted international students must arrive on campus the end of May in order to complete the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) placement examination. Students who are required to complete an English course as a result of the placement examination will complete this course the month of June.  The MSD curriculum will begin the first week of July.  We do not accept students 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 operative dentistry program, please email the Office of Graduate Education at: