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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:
Additional advantages of the SGS-Newark Health Science Campus's Dental Scholars Program include:
General degree requirements
Students require 30 credits with a grade point average of "B" or better to graduate. Read more here
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 3-credit 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 Neuroscience, Oral Biology, Pharmacological Sciences or Stem Cell Biology.
*You will be directed to the Rutgers Graduate and Professional Admissions Portal. Before you start your application, please read How To Apply.
|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