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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 Science

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    Expected duration

    • 2 years

Program details

The Department of Oral Biology offers graduate instruction and research leading to a Master of Science degree in Oral Biology.

Expected duration: 2 years

Tuition and fees: One year tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years (refer to Graduate tuition and fees)

The MSc in Oral Biology program requires the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework as specified by each student's Supervisory Committee and a thesis requirement based on original research.

The 12 credit hours must include course ORLB 7190 (unless students have previous credit for this or an equivalent course).

Students are expected to attend all departmental seminars and to present one seminar on their research to the department each year, updating it each year.

Sample course offerings

  • ORLB 7090: Pharmacology and Therapeutics (3 credit hours) 
  • ORLB 7100: Oral Microbial Ecology (3 credit hours)
  • ORLB 7110: Infectious Diseases and the Oral Cavity (3 credit hours)
  • ORLB 7120: Special Problems in Oral Biology (3 credit hours)
  • ORLB 7130: Macromolecular Interactions of Connective Tissue in Health and Disease (6 credit hours)
  • ORLB 7140: Cell Membrane and Cell Signaling (3 credit hours)
  • ORLB 7150: MECH ORAL & MAX DIS (3 credit hours)
  • ORLB 7162: Neurophysiology of Pain (3 credit hours)
  • ORLB 7180: Recent Advances in Oral Biology (6 credit hours)
  • ORLB 7190: Communication Skills in Dental Research (3 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 MSc in Oral Biology program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

To be considered for admission to the MSc in Oral Biology, you must have a minimum of a four-year Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) with a satisfactory background in biological sciences.

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

Applications for the MSc in Oral Biology are accepted for Fall, Winter and Summer entry. Applications must be completed online and include several parts:

  • $100 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official academic transcripts (scan and upload your transcripts directly through the online application; transcripts sent directly from the institution are not required until you have been admitted)
  • Current CV
  • Two letters of recommendation (must be requested from within the application).
  • Statement of intent indicating your scientific background and research interests (one paragraph)
  • The name of a faculty member who has agreed to supervise your research program (refer to the Department of Oral Biology research profiles for a list of potential advisors and contact information)
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if required

Application deadlines

Canadian and US applicants

Term Application deadlines Apply
Fall 2021 June 1, 2021 Apply for Fall 2021 (Canada/US)
Winter 2022 October 1, 2021 Apply for Winter 2022 (Canada/US)
Summer 2022 February 1, 2022 Apply for Summer 2022 (Canada/US)
Fall 2022 June 1, 2022 Apply for Fall 2022 (Canada/US)

International applicants

Term Application deadlines Apply
Winter 2022 July 1, 2021 Apply for Winter 2022 (International)
Summer 2022 November 1, 2021 Apply for Summer 2022 (International)
Fall 2022 March 1, 2022 Apply for Fall 2022 (International)

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, Department of Oral Biology
Room D33 Dental Building
780 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W2

Phone: 204-789-3705
Fax: 204-789-3948