The Master of Science in Oral Biology (MSOB) degree program is designed for outstanding students who are interested in integrating more extensive research into their postgraduate education. Enrollment in the MSOB program is limited to individuals concurrently registered in one of the postgraduate specialty training programs at Penn Dental Medicine.
Candidates receive the MSOB degree after completion of both their specialty training and the Master’s curriculum, which consists of didactic, seminar and research practicum courses. Research activities form the core of this program and students are expected to participate in a project of sufficient scope and intensity. Presentation of an in-depth review of the relevant literature along with a manuscript reporting the results of the research are required for graduation.
The MSOB Advisory Panel serves four main purposes:
The MSOB Advisory Panel consists of the Program Director and a representative from each of the participating Penn Dental Medicine departments. The Associate Dean for Academic Policies and the Director of Postgraduate Education serve as ex officio to this group.
Thesis committees consist of the research mentor and three appropriate Penn Dental Medicine standing or associated faculty members (rank of Assistant Professor or higher) chosen by the candidate and his/her mentor. One individual, other than the research mentor, is designated as the chairperson of the committee.
By the end of the program, students must demonstrate performance in the following competency statements: