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Students are educated in basic material science, with a specific focus on dental materials. This variety of course work allows the student to develop skills and knowledge necessary for productive research, clinical, and teaching careers.

Research Component

Students are offered research opportunities related to their interests and talents. Because of the diversity of projects at UAB, students will participate in a variety of research topics. Students typically work with departmental faculty to assist with projects while learning laboratory skills and techniques.  Toward the end of the program, the student will choose a thesis project.

Upon completion of the program, the successful Master’s candidate will be well-versed in current literature (dental biomaterials as well as clinical dentistry and specific research areas). They will be familiar with ADA specifications and testing and conduct a variety of in vitro tests. Students will be taught how to design and implement a research protocol, and interpret these results in a scientific paper. More information on possible areas of research interest can be obtained from our faculty page.

Clinical Dentistry

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As a relatively new addition to the Master’s program in biomaterials, residents are offered training in conducting clinical research trials. Patient experiences may include direct restorations, single crowns and other aspects of general dentistry. Opportunities are available to observe and assist faculty members in advanced dental treatment cases. This portion of the program has been well received, and promises to add a unique and important dimension to the training program. It has been especially helpful to foreign-trained dentists, as it gives a unique perspective on differences in training between the U.S. and abroad.


Our goal is to see our Master’s students graduate with research experience, at least one publication, and a solid background in dental biomaterials. We feel these graduates will be well positioned for an academic career in the United States or abroad.


Applications to the Master’s in Clinical Dentistry program are due February 2, 2020. The program begins July 1, 2020 and an orientation session will begin the week prior. The application form can be downloaded here. Along with the application, the following items will also be collected:

  1. Official GRE and TOEFL scores
  2. Application fee ($50)
  3. Three letters of recommendation (including one Dean’s recommendation)
  4. Dental school and college transcripts
  5. Financial Statement (international students only)