Prospective Students

Dental Scholars Track - Masters Program

 

 

 

About us
The Dental Scholars Track is part of the Masters Program. The Dental Scholars Program is designed for students interested in applying to U.S. dental schools. This is a 30 credit program and, in contrast to post-baccalaureate coursework, this program leads to a graduate degree. The flexibility of our program helps students tailor a curriculum that combines their interests and strengths. Moreover, our block schedule enables students to create a less demanding schedule, which allows them to acclimate to graduate school, accommodate co-curricular activities, and ultimately succeed in the program. 69% of the students enrolled in our program between 2017 and 2020 successfully matriculated in medical and dental schools. This estimate is conservative because the data does not include medical and dental schools that do not report enrollment data to the National Clearing House. The 69% does not have students who enrolled in other health professions or Ph.D. programs. 

Courses at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM) open to Master's students
We are located on the same campus, and our building is adjacent to RSDM. All students in the Master's program have an opportunity to learn from, and conduct research with, faculty members of RSDM. Oral Microbiology (3 credits) and Oral Immunology (3 credits) are dental school courses open to all our Masters students. Dental Histology (5 credits), Dental Neuroscience (4 credits), Dental Physiology (5 credits) and Dental Biochemistry (4 credits) are open to Master's students with special permission from Dr. Tsiagbe. 

Guaranteed interview at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM) 

Master's students are eligible for 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 the first take by BDS students. Our Master's students can take courses and be graded with first-year dental school students. The dental school courses represent an excellent opportunity for students to (1) strengthen their application for dental school and (2) enhance their learning, so they are better prepared for the first year of the dental school. 

Meet our advisor
Dr. Vincent K. Tsiagbe is the primary advisor for dental scholars in our Master's program. Dr. Tsiagbe is a faculty member and course director in RSDM. His research focuses on understanding the immunologic basis of B cell lymphoma development. In addition, Dr. Tsiagbe has many years of experience in dental school admissions. 

Our curriculum
Students require 30 credits with a grade point average of 3.0 (B-average) or better to graduate. Of these 30 credits, 9 credits come from the core (required) courses listed below. The remaining 21 credits are from elective courses. Based on each student's goals, strengths, and timeline, the academic advisor, Dr. Tsiagbe, helps students create a course schedule. 

ORAL BIOLOGY CONCENTRATION
In addition to the above-mentioned dental school courses, there are courses specific to the Master's program that enable students to obtain an oral biology concentration. These courses include Fundamentals of Dental Materials Science, Oral Biology Research Seminar, Bacteriology and Oral Infectious Diseases, Introduction to Structural Biology, Methods in Microscopic Imaging, and a few more. 

Our student community
Our pre-dental students, pre-medical students, biomedical research students, and alumni form a very cohesive and helpful community. Our graduate students celebrate each other's successes and are a constant source of inspiration to each other. The pre-dental society, under the guidance of Dr. Tsigabe organizes many programs focused on DAT preparation and community service. In addition, students collaborate on many levels through the pre-medical society, the peer mentoring program, Project BEAM, the Student Family Health Care Center, and many more organizations and programs native to SGS-Newark. 

  • Expand to see the list of dental schools attended by our alumni

    A.T. STILL UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES

    BOSTON UNIVERSITY

    CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY

    COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

    CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY - DENTAL

    EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

    HOWARD UNIVERSITY

    INDIANA UNIVER PURDUE UNIVER INDIANAPOLIS

    INDIANA UNIVERSITY PURDUE UNIVERSITY INDIANAPOLIS

    MEHARRY MEDICAL COLLEGE

    NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

    NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

    ROSEMAN UNIV OF HEALTH SCIENCES SOUTH JORDAN

    RUTGERS SCHOOL DENTAL MEDICINE

    RUTGERS -THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NJ -NEW BRUNSWICK

    SUNY STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY

    SUNY UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO

    TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

    TEMPLE UNIVERSITY - DENTAL

    THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

    TOURO COLLEGE

    TUFTS UNIVERSITY

    UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM-DENTAL

    UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-SAN FRANCISCO

    UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO  DENVER

    UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT - DENTAL

    UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT MERCY

    UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT MERCY- SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY

    UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

    UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO

    UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

    UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE - MEDICAL AND DENTAL

    UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND - BALTIMORE

    UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

    UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND

    UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND NON-MATRIC

    UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

    UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCI CENTER SAN ANTONIO

    UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC

    UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON - SEATTLE

    VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY

    WESTERN UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES

 

 

 

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