MSD in Operative & Esthetic Dentistry

The MSD program requires a minimum of one year in addition to the time commitment for the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Operative and Esthetic Dentistry and entails a research project, thesis, and thesis defense.


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

Year 1 or Year 3 of MSD
  • SDM OP 991 Research: Operative Dentistry
  • SDM PR 830 Advanced Biomaterials
  • SDM OB 830 Research Writing

This year 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.

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 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