Dentistry (Concentration in Pediatric Dentistry)

Virginia Commonwealth University

24 months
27971 USD/year
14497 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The didactic requirements of the Master of Science in Dentistry are combined with the goals of the M.S.D. program to provide the student with a strong clinical background that is supported by a strong background in research methodology.


Program goals:

  • To provide an academic environment for inquiry in which expertise and knowledge in basic sciences and clinical pediatric dentistry can be achieved
  • To provide a sound background in medicine as it applies to the pediatric/adolescent patient and to patients with special health care needs
  • To provide a sound background in oral pathology
  • To be able to interpret, critique and apply literature associated with the field of pediatric dentistry
  • To develop sound diagnostic, clinical, nonsurgical and surgical skills in the clinic and in the operating room
  • To provide didactic instruction and clinical training in the area of nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic behavior management
  • To provide instruction and training in growth and development to include clinical interceptive orthodontic care
  • To provide methods of pain and anxiety control, including nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation
  • To provide an environment for the interpretation and implementation of research
  • Enable successful completion of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry exam
  • To develop sound lifelong didactic and clinical learning skills
  • To provide specialists in pediatric dentistry for community health care, professional service and dental education
Program objectives:
  • To be exposed to the basic sciences and be able to apply concepts to clinical pediatric dentistry
  • To be able to critically critique and interpret the old and new literature
  • To have an understanding of oral pathology and medicine as it applies to management of the pediatric/adolescent patient and patients with special health care needs
  • To have residents become exposed to and proficient in multiple nonsurgical and surgical treatment modalities to include treatment of patients under general anesthesia
  • To become competent in diagnosis and treatment planning
  • To obtain competency and certification in moderate conscious sedation
  • To complete research, M.S.D. and prepare a paper for presentation and publication
  • To prepare the student to successfully complete Part I and II of the ABPD examination
  • To develop communication and presentation skills and lifelong learners

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biostatistics and Research Design in Dentistry
  • Interdisciplinary Care Conference
  • Thesis Guidance
  • Basic Sciences and Graduate Dentistry
  • Orthodontic Clinic for Non-orthodontic Graduate Students
  • General Anesthesia Rotation
  • Growth and Development
  • Introduction to Pediatric Dentistry
  • Pediatric Dental Emergency Service
  • Seminar Series: Pediatric Dentistry and Medicine
  • Pediatric Medicine Rotation
  • Clinical Teaching

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


70 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
80 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application to graduate study, including the application for Virginia in-state tuition.
  • Personal statement submitted with the online application.
  • $70 application fee.
  • T​​hree reference letters submitted through the online application.
  • Transcripts from each institution you attended are required. 
  • Official test scores, if required by your program.
  • Your resume, if requested by the department to which you are applying.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27971 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27971 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    14497 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14497 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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