DScD in Operative & Esthetic Dentistry

A limited number of candidates are accepted into this DScD program, which takes at least three years in addition to the time commitment for the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Operative Dentistry to complete. Candidates must complete all basic science and clinical requirements for the CAGS program. The program also requires that candidates complete a major research effort related to operative dentistry. This research is usually conducted in conjunction with research faculty of the University.


In addition to the basic science and clinical requirements for the CAGS program below, the following is required:

Years 1, 2, and 3

  • SDM OP 991 Research: Operative Dentistry
  • SDM PR 830 Advanced Biomaterials
  • SDM OB 830 Research Writing

These three years can be either before the CAGS or after the CAGS. This will be based on the recommendations of the chair of the department and the director of the program.

Other coursework may be assigned at the discretion of the research advisor and the department chair.

  • SDM OP 992, 993, 994 Research: Operative Dentistry

At the discretion of the program director and/or department chair, research students may participate in clinical activities during their research years.

CAGS Curriculum

Year 1

  • SDM EN 820 Endodontics and Pulpal Therapy for the General Practitioner
  • SDM OP 803 Seminar: Operative Dentistry
  • SDM OP 807 Preclinical Technique
  • SDM OP 912 Clinical Operative Dentistry I
  • SDM OP 916 Literature Review–Operative Dentistry
  • SDM OS 761 Medical Concerns of the Dental Patient
  • SDM OS 828 Anxiety and Pain Control
  • SDM OS 831 Head and Neck Anatomy
  • SDM PA 801 Oral Pathology
  • SDM PE 764 Current Concepts in Periodontology
  • SDM PE 827 Applied Dental Pharmacology
  • SDM PH 763 Bioethics and Law
  • SDM PH 803 Biostatistics
  • SDM PR 750 Preclinical Restorative
  • SDM PR 761 Occlusion
  • SDM PR 812 Prosthodontics Seminar and Literature Review
  • SDM PR 825 Postdoctoral Biomaterials
  • SDM PR 828 Esthetic Dentistry
  • SDM PR 844 Implantology Literature Review
  • SDM PR 845 Implantology Topics
  • SDM PR 852 Implantology Topics for the General Practitioner

Year 2

  • SDM OP 913 Clinical Operative Dentistry II
  • SDM PR 810 Case Presentation and Patient Care Conference
  • SDM PR 813 Literature Review in General Dentistry

Combined Advanced Operative Dentistry and Dental Public Health

After successfully completing two years of advanced operative dentistry and one year of dental public health, the student receives a CAGS in Operative Dentistry and an MSD in Dental Public Health. A student who completes two years of advanced operative dentistry and a minimum of three years of dental public health and dissertation receives a CAGS in Operative Dentistry and a DScD in Dental Public Health. Please note any applicant wishing to pursue this Combined Program will need to apply and be accepted into both programs.