from the Bulletin
The first year of the 36-month CAGS program is primarily devoted to the pursuit of the research project of the master’s degree and emphasizes the sciences essential to understanding the principles of clinical periodontology. The first year may also include clinical experiences and related coursework. The second year continues with research and clinical experiences with additional didactic courses. These include clinical medical sciences, microbiology/immunology, periodontology, periodontal microsurgery, treatment planning, implantology, oral medicine, and oral pathology. The third clinical year is devoted to the clinical practice of this specialty, with additional didactic instruction in the clinical sciences. Also during this third year, the clinical research is completed. Students are also involved in teaching and off-site clinical service.
The MSD entails a research project and thesis and is an integral component of the 36-month program for qualified students. Depending on the time needed to complete the research component, additional time beyond the 36 months may be necessary for successful completion of the MSD.
Other coursework may be assigned at the discretion of the research advisor and the department chair.