Dental Scholars Program

School of Graduate Studies (SGS), Newark Health Science Campus, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)


The Dental Scholars Program is designed for students interested in applying to U.S. dental schools. In contrast to post-baccalaureate coursework, the Dental Scholars Program leads to a graduate degree (Master of Science or Master of Biomedical Science) that can also be used as a qualification for other careers. This is a 30 credit program.

We share our campus with Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM) and our students have access to three faculty from RSDM as academic advisors: Dr. Vincent K. Tsiagbe, Dr. Daniel Kadouri and Dr. Carla Cugini. Students can get academic advising throughout their graduate education. During these advising sessions students discuss course selections, volunteering opportunities, academic concentration selection, dental school application strategy and much more. 

Dental Scholars in the SGS Masters program can participate in the following RSDM courses:

  • Open registeration: Oral Microbiology (3 credits) and Oral Immunology (3 credits)
  • Registeration with permission: Dental Histology (5 credits), Dental Neuroscience (4 credits), Dental Physiology (5 credits) and Dental Biochemistry (4 credits)

Additional advantages of the SGS-Newark Health Science Campus's Dental Scholars Program include:

  • Personal academic advising for every student
  • Opportunity to take courses in Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM) and be graded with RSDM students
  • Obtain a Concentration in Oral Biology as part of the master's degree (MS or MBS)
  • Complete degree in one year, or follow a less intense 3-4 semester program
  • Even in non-thesis master's degree, students obtain research experience with dental or medical school faculty
  • Personalized advice from the Office of Admissions at RSDM
  • Community service through the student-run pre-dental society
  • A guaranteed interview at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine by earning a 3.7 GPA after at least 20 credits and a DAT score of at least 20 Total Science and 20 Academic Average or passage on National Boards parts 1 and 2 on first take by BDS students


General degree requirements

Students require 30 credits with a grade point average of "B" or better to graduate. Read more here

Core courses:

1. Oral Biology Research Seminar (1 credit) or Seminar in Biomedical Sciences

2.  Research in Biomedical Sciences – Research rotation – (2 credits)

[students who have done previous research can obtain an exemption from this requirement, fulfilling the 2 credits with another course]

3.  Any two of the following three courses: 

  • Fundamentals in Biomedical Sciences A – Biochemistry (Fall) or Dental Biochemistry (Spring)
  • Fundamentals in Biomedical Sciences B - Cell Biology (Spring)
  • Fundamentals of Human Physiology (Spring) or Dental Physiology (Spring)

Elective courses:

A complete list of available graduate courses can be found in the Spring and Fall Course Listings on the Course Information web page. By selecting specific sets of elective courses, students can also complete a concentration within their Master's degree, with current offerings in NeuroscienceOral BiologyPharmacological Sciences or Stem Cell Biology.

Useful links

FAQs for prospective Dental Scholars

Master's Program Overview

Master of Science (MS) Application*

Master of Biomedical Science (MBS) Application*

*You will be directed to the Rutgers Graduate and Professional Admissions Portal. Before you start your application, please read How To Apply.


If you have questions about this program, please email Office of Student Affairs and Admissions or email Dr. Vincent K. Tsiagbe.

Vincent K. Tsiagbe, M.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Pre-Dental Programs, School of Graduate Studies, Rutgers University
Associate Professor, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine



Meet our alum, En Chi Wang (MBS '18)


En Chi Wang will be joining the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine Class of 2023


En Chi entered the Dental Scholars Track of Masters Program determined to prove that she possessed the aptitude for success in dental school. Earning her Masters degree helped Wang highlight her academic aptitude and personal development. She believed that “doing well in the core curriculum and electives was a good way to prove to dental school admissions officers that I had a stronger foundation in basic sciences, a study method that best fit me, and a stress coping mechanism that works”. Wang’s attention to personal and professional development led to her eventual admission to her first-choice dental school: Rutgers School of Dental Medicine on the Newark Health Science Campus.

Wang earnestly wants students to understand that, in your learning process and in your future careers, “you make the final verdict whether you should take information as it is or do further research to confirm”. If you are not completely sure about any information you are receiving, “make sure you ask the professor or [another] trusting source to confirm this”. Lastly, Wang suggests being active in the pursuit of your dreams. In her words, “if going to medical school or dental school is really what you want, actively pursue it. The resources are all [here] at Rutgers. For pre-dental students, if you need more shadowing hours, look into the Clinical Observership and Gateway programs at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. If you need more volunteering hours, reach out to KinderSmile. If you want to be more involved in research, be courteous and show your interest by reading about the professor's research.” Wang asserts that if you decide to continue your education at the School of Graduate Studies in Newark, “you are at the right place”.


-Written by Tiffany Joyner, Edited by Caitlyn Moore