MS/ MSD Preventive Dentistry - This Program is not accepting applications for the 2015 entering class.


Program Director:  Dr. Anderson Hara
Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry
415 Lansing Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202 

Program Information

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the Master's degree program in Preventive Dentistry at Indiana University School of Dentistry.  Students accepted for this program work towards fulfilling requirements for the Master of Science in Dentistry (M.S.D.) degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry or the Master of Science (M.S.) 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.

The MS and MSD Preventive Dentistry programs prepare graduates for positions in the academic or research environment emphasizing cariology and preventive methods.   Learning the skills to conduct clinical and laboratory research in the field is emphasized, and a thesis based on an original research project is required. The research leading to the thesis is one of the most substantial parts of the student's program.

Two areas of concentration are required in the program: the major, which is preventive dentistry, and an approved minor that can be in operative dentistry (only for MSD), life sciences, microbiology or public health. Elective course work can be selected from a large number of available graduate level courses offered by Indiana University at its Indianapolis campus. Thus, there is considerable flexibility in the curriculum permitting a program appropriate to the student's educational objectives and background.

The program takes a minimum of 24 months to complete.  The School of Dentistry has excellent faculty, staff and facilities for their didactic and clinical teaching programs.  The Oral Health Research Institute has several well-equipped laboratories and animal facilities for in-vitro and animal research studies.  There is also an outstanding clinical research program in which thousands of patient examinations are conducted each year.

Application Deadline:  Not accepting applications for 2015.

Minimum requirements for admission:

  • A 3.0 out of 4.0 GPA
  • Minimum degree requirement:  College level degree or higher
  • Previous teaching, research or public health experience is desirable
  • If English is not your native language, you must demonstrate proficiency in English before you are admitted.  TOEFL scores of 550+ (paper version/PBT) or a minimum score of 79+ internet based version/iBT is required.