Master of Dentistry in USA

Master of Dentistry in USA

Tn AryalThu Sep 16 2021

Master of Dentistry in USA is a 1- 3 year course that comprises clinical and didactic programs so as to offer valuable clinical, pre-clinical, hands-on and didactic experiences in dental specialties to international students.

To study MDS or MS in Dentistry in top US Dental schools, you need to appear and pass on the DAT test. This test encompasses 3 sections - scientific information, academic ability and perceptual ability-  and helps the admission committee to provide admission to the eligible students for the Master of Science in Dentistry programs. 

The entry requirements and course might be tough for the outcomes of MDS are completely worth it since dentists are among the most reputed professionals in the world. 

Why study Master of Dentistry in USA? 

  • 12 of the top 50 Dentistry universities in the world are located in USA, offering international students a huge range of excellent university options. 

  • Dentists are among the highest paid professionals in USA since the salary of experienced and skilled dentists can easily earn a six-figure salary in USA. 

  • The USA offers the most specializations for Masters in Dentistry such as  Oral Surgery,  Esthetic Dentistry Program,  Implant Dentistry Program, maxillofacial pathology, orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, dental public health, and pediatric dentistry and so on. 

  • Dentists earn more than 60% compared to other health care and medical professionals. 

Top Universities for Master degree in Dentistry in USA

According to the QS World University Ranking for the dentistry programs, these are the top universities in the USA offering Master Degrees in Dentistry. 

Global Rank




University of Michigan- Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, US


Harvard University

Cambridge, US


University of California, San Francisco

San Francisco, US


University of Washington

Seattle, US


New York University (NYU)

New York, US


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, US


University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, US


The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Los Angeles, US


Columbia University

New York City, US


University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Minneapolis, United States


University of IOWA

Iowa City, US


University of Southern California

Los Angeles, United States

Masters in Dentistry in USA for international students Fees

The tuition fees for masters in Dentistry in USA ranges from USD 30,000 to USD 90,000 for international students. Look in the table below for more references.  


Approximate annual tuition fees in USD

Harvard University


Boston University


New York University


Columbia University


University of California  Los Angeles


Rutgers School of Dental Science


University of Pennsylvania 


Northwestern University


University of Pittsburgh


University of Michigan


Requirements to study Master degree in Dentistry for international students

In a nutshell, these are the admission requirements metrics set by most US universities for master of dentistry. These are the documents needed during the application process of MS in Dentistry in US.

  1. A minimum of Bachelor degree in the dental field with a 2.75 GPA

  2. English Language Proficiency Test (Internet-based TOEFL are the most popular) 

  3. Official GRE Scores

  4. Dental Admission Test  (DAT) scores

  5. Letter of recommendations

  6. Statement of Purpose

  7. Application fees

Harvard University

Master of Dentistry at Harvard University focuses on these molecules: Dental Education Research, Evidence-Based Teaching (in conjunction with the Harvard Macy Institute at Harvard Medical School), Curriculum Design, Academic Leadership Skills (in conjunction with the Harvard Macy Institute), Research Project based on student interests and Elective Courses based on student interests. 

  • Course name: MMSc in Oral Biology and Dental Education

  • Course duration: 2- 4 years.

  • English Language Requirements: Minimum acceptable TOEFL Score is 95 with at least 21, 17, 24 and 25 in Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing respectively.

  • Academic Requirements: A Bachelor degree in Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) or equivalent with a minimum of 3.2 GPA.

  • Other Requirements: 3 letters of Recommendation, Resume, Personal Statement, all academic transcripts.

  • Application fees: USD 80

  • Students are required to send official GRE Scores (no minimum GRE score requirement, however, many successful candidates typically score above the 60th percentile in the quantitative section of the GRE.)

Boston University

  • Course duration: 1-2  years

  • English Language Requirements: The minimum score range requirement for TOEFL is 90-100, depending on the program, with a minimum of 20 in each section. The minimum score for DuoLingo is 105

  • Academic Requirements: Candidates need to pass a bachelor degree with a major in general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and biology including labs  with a minimum GPA of 2.9

  • Other Requirements: A minimum DAT score (Dental Admission Test) of 17, 3 letters of recommendations, personal statement, all academic transcripts, updates CV,

  • Application fees: USD 95

University of Washington

The University of Washington offers MDS via Endodontic, Oral Biology, Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, Prosthodontics disciplines. 

  • Course Name: Master of Science in Dentistry (MDS) in Orthodontics

  • Course duration: 1- 2 years full time

  • English Language Requirements: A minimum of 92 in internet-based TOEFL and 580 in paper-based TOEFL

  • Academic Requirements: Qualified candidates need to hold a dental degree or relevant from a dental school with a minimum of Grade B or GPA 3.0. 

  • Other Requirements: Personal Statement, Professional Evaluation forms (PEFs), personal interview,  Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT), Letter of Recommendations.  

  • GRE Requirements: A minimum of 50th percentiles in GRE is asked. The minimum score is not mentioned. 

  • Application fees: USD 50

New York University

  • Course name: International Implant Dentistry Program

  • Course duration: 2-3 years

  • English Language Requirements: 

    • TOEFL: A minimum TOEFL IBT score of 85

    • IELTS: A cut-off score of 6.5 in the IELTS Academic

  • Academic Requirements: Candidates must have a dental degree with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. 

  • Application fees: USD 100

  • Other Requirements: 3 years of clinical experience or completion of the Comprehensive Dentistry or Oral Surgery program, Letter of Recommendation from Dean, Professor or Supervisor, Personal Statement Essay. English translation of dental degree transcripts. 

University of Minnesota

MDS program is housed in the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and taught by Dentistry’s multidisciplinary graduate faculty of dental educators, researchers, and clinicians

  • Course Name: Master of Science in Dentistry

  • Course duration: 18 months minimum 

  • English Language Requirements: TOEFL is required for students with English as a Second language. Cut-off scores are-

    • Paper based TOEFL: 600

    • Internet based TOEFL: 80

    • Computer based TOEFL: 250

  • Academic Requirements: An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is the preferred performance level for admission.

  • Other Requirements: Personal statement (under 500 words), CV  

Rutgers School of Dental Science

Rutgers School of Dental Science helps students make a career in dentistry by focusing on research and the academic core dentistry curriculum. 

  • Course Name: Master of Science in Dentistry

  • Course duration: 2 years

  • English Language Requirements: A minimum of 90 in Internet-based TOEFL.

  • Academic Requirements: A dental bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum of 2.75 GPA. 

  • Other Requirements:  Successful completion of Dental National Board Exam Part I or GRE, 3 letters of recommendations, Statement of Purpose

  • Application fees: USD 70

MS in Dentistry Courses in USA for international students.

In the table below, some of the most popular Master of Dentistry courses in USA are mentioned alongside the university offering the program and the location. 


Dentistry program


Harvard University 

Master of Medical Sciences in Implant Dentistry

Cambridge, USA

Master of Medical Sciences in Geriatric Dentistry

MMSC in Dental Education

Master in Medical Sciences in Periodontology

Boston University

MSD in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Boston, USA

MS in Dental Science

MS in Dentistry in Dental Public Health

MSD in

  •  Operative Dentistry

  • Oral Biology

  • Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

  • Pediatric Dentistry

  • Periodontology

  • Prosthodontics

University of Michigan

Masters in Oral Health Sciences

Ann Arbor, USA

MS in Restorative Dentistry

Master of Science in Dental Hygiene

Master of Science in Orthodontics

MS in Periodontics Graduate Program

MS in Prosthodontics Graduate Program

Master of Science in Endodontics

University of Pittsburgh

MS in Prosthetics and Orthotics

Pittsburgh, USA

MS in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences

University of Connecticut

Master in Dental Science 

Mansfield, USA

University of Rochester

Master in Dental Science

Rochester, USA

University of Maryland

Master of Periodontics

Baltimore, USA

Missouri Southern State University

Master of Science in Dental Hygiene

Joplin, USA

The University of Illinois at Chicago

MS in Oral Sciences

Chicago, USA

University of Pennsylvania

Master of Dental Medicine (Endodontics)

Philadelphia, USA

DMD Program

MS in Oral Biology and Periodontic Program

MS in Oral Biology in Periodontal Prosthesis Program

MS in Oral Biology in Prosthodontic

Scholarships for Masters in Dentistry in USA

  • ADA Foundation Dental Student Scholarship

  • ADEA/GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Preventive Dentistry Scholarship

  • Dental Trade Alliance Foundation Scholarships

  • ADEA/Crest Oral-B Scholarship for Dental Students Pursuing Academic Careers

  • Kool Smiles Scholarship

Scope of Master of Dentistry in USA

Upon completion of a Master of Dentistry in USA, the graduates can earn from USD 55,000 to USD 95,000 initially at the entry levels. 

Job Role

Average Annual Salary (in USD)

Dental Assistant


Dental Hygienist


Dental Laboratory Technician


Dental Receptionist


Dental Technician


Dental Therapist


Dentistry is one of the highest-paid professions in the US. With the increase in expertise and gain of experience, dentists can earn beyond USD 200,000 per year in the USA. In the table below, the average salary of a specialized dentist in USA is mentioned alongside the designation.

Job Role

Average Annual Salary (in USD)









Dentist (General)


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