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    • Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry
    • Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
    • Faculty of Graduate Studies

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    • Master of Dentistry

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    Expected duration

    • 4 years

Program details

The Department of Dental Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences offers graduate instruction and research leading to a Master of Dentistry degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The program includes a four-year hospital residency, after which a postgraduate training certificate is awarded.

Expected duration: 4 years

Tuition and fees:
Students pay the yearly program fee for every year they are registered (refer to Graduate tuition and fees).

The MDent in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program requires the completion of 48 credit hours of coursework, all clinical off service rotations and assignments as set out in the hospital residency training and an essay/research project.

The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) and is also recognized by the American Dental Association. Completion of the program provides eligibility to the examinations of the take the examinations of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC), National Dental Specialty Exams (NDSE) and the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS).

Clinical requirements

The program provides progressive training in oral and maxillofacial surgery including clinical rotations in the Health Sciences Centre in the departments of:

  • Anesthesia
  • Otolaryngology
  • Internal medicine
  • Surgical oncology
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Critical intensive care
  • Emergency room medicine
  • Plastic surgery

Essay/research project

Residents are required to write an essay or carry out a research project in a specified area selected in consultation with the department and publish in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery. This to be completed and presented in the fourth year. Additional courses may be assigned in support of the project.


Sample course offerings

  • DDSS 7230: Advanced Oral Pathology (6 credit hours)
  • DDSS 7240: Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Seminar 1 (3 credit hours)
  • DDSS 7250: Clinical Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 1 (6 credit hours)
  • ANAT 7060: Advanced Human Macroscopic (Gross) Anatomy (6 credit hours)
  • CHSC 6810: Biostatistics for Clinicians (3 credit hours)
  • ORLB 7090: Pharmacology (3 credit hours)
  • DDSS 7290: Clinical Advanced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 4 (6 credit hours)

For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.

Admission requirements

The following are minimum requirements to be considered for entry into the MDent in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

To be considered for admission to the MDent in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, you must: 

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • Possess a dental qualification which makes you eligible for licensure in a province of Canada
  • Hold a National Dental Examining Board of Canada Certificate
  • Comply with provincial requirements for licensing of dental interns and residents
  • Periodically international applicants are admitted to the program, please contact the program office prior to applying.

Preference will be given to applicants who have completed a one-year hospital residency program.

In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.


How to apply

The MDent in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery has one application deadline per year and applicants are accepted for July entry only. Applications must be completed online and include several parts:

  • $100 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts
  • Current CV
  • Dean’s letter (completed within the online application)
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from your current or recent position (must be requested from within the application, and one must be from oral and maxillofacial surgery)
  • Statement of intent
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if required

Application deadlines

Canadian applicants

Term Application deadlines Apply
Summer 2022 September 1, 2021 Apply for Summer 2022

Applicants must submit their online application with supporting documentation and application fee by the deadline date indicated.

Learn more

Contact us

Admission and application inquiries

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Room 500 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Phone: 204-474-9377
Fax: 204-474-7553

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Program inquiries

Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry
Dean’s Office, Graduate Programs
Room D113 Dentistry Building
780 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne Campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W2

Phone: 204-789-3571
Fax: 204-272-3077