Graduate Cariology and Operative Dentistry Program

Program Director:  N. Blaine Cook, DDS, MSD
Professor and Director of Graduate Cariology and Operative Dentistry
Department of Cariology, Operative Dentistry and Dental Public Health
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 Graduate Handbook.  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.

MSD (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 three year Cariology and 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.  

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

US Applicants:

International Applicants:

  • 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)

  • Certification of Disciplinary History Form

  • 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, applicants must submit financial documentation verifying ability to pay tuition and living expenses for up to one year to the IUPUI International Affairs Office.

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: