University of Manitoba - Rady Faculty of Health Sciences - Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry - Dental Diagnostic Surgical Sciences - Master of Dentistry: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Master of Dentistry: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Application Requirements

Canadian Citizens / Permanent Residents of Canada

  • Possess a dental qualification which makes them eligible for licensure in a province of Canada
  • Hold a National Dental Examining Board of Canada certificate
  • Comply with provincial requirements for licensing of dental interns and residents 
  • Preference will be given to applications who have completed a one-year hospital residency program

International Applicants

Unfortunately, we are not accepting international applicants at this time.

Application Materials

Canadian Citizens / Permanent Residents of Canada

Please submit an online application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies containing the following:

  • Complete curriculum vitae
  • Dean’s letter
  • Two current letters of reference one from your current or recent position (note reference letters are sent to referees through the online system)
  • University transcripts
  • Letter of intent
  • English language test score (if applicable)

The Faculty of Graduate Studies requires a $100 processing fee. Fees are submitted online with the application.

About the Program

The Master of Dentistry in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is four years in length, including a four-year hospital residency, for which a postgraduate training certificate is awarded. The program has full accreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.

The primary objective of the program is to train dentists to become competent, ethical Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons for practice in Canada, and to provide them with a scientifically based curriculum which will prepare them for the challenges they will face in the development of their speciality, throughout their professional careers.

The clinical program provides comprehensive training in all the major areas generally included within the scope of practice of an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Students are provided with opportunities to attend and present papers at National and International conferences related to aspects of their speciality and an external elective rotation is permitted subject to approval of the Program Director.

General Program Information

The program commences on July 1st and is forty-eight months (48) in length, including vacations and public holidays.

Residents are required to complete a project and publish in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Some support may be granted to allow travel to national or international specialty meetings and courses. Residents receive a stipend including benefits in accordance with the current collective agreement. The master’s degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of all program requirements as set out in the University of Manitoba's current calendar. A certificate of hospital residency training is also awarded.

Courses Offered

  • Introduction to clinical skills
  • Surgical foundations
  • Advanced oral pathology
  • Advanced oral and maxillofacial surgery 1 & 2 seminar series
  • Advanced clinical oral and maxillofacial surgery 1-4
  • Advanced human macroscopic (gross) anatomy
  • Biostatistics

Clinical Requirements

The program provides a progressive training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery including graduate-level courses in applied basic sciences and clinical rotations in the Health Sciences Centre in the departments of:

  • Anaesthesia
  • Otolaryngyology
  • Internal medicine
  • Surgical oncology
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Critical intensive care
  • Emergency room medicine
  • Plastic surgery

Research Project

Residents are required to write an essay or carry out a research project and publish in the field of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Research interests of members of the Section of Oral Surgery include:

  • Temporomandibular joint disease
  • Oral cancer
  • Clinical trials of dental implants
  • Orthognathic surgery
  • Cleft palate surgery
  • Maxillofacial trauma

Essay/research project to be completed and presented in fourth year. Additional courses may be assigned in support of the essay/research project.

Research Interests

Faculty members supervise every student in at least one research project during the training period and their interests provide for a wide spectrum of clinically related topics. Collaborative research with other departments is encouraged and does occur. Some examples of areas in which faculty have published and have a continuing interest are:

  • Dental implants
  • Maxillofacial trauma
  • Temporomandibular disorders
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Dento-facial deformity
  • Surgical pathology
  • Therapeutics

Contact Us

Graduate Oral and Maxillofacial
Surgery Program 

D343 - 780 Bannatyne Avenue
Winnipeg, MB Canada, R3E 0W2