Master of Science: Orthodontics

 General Program Information:

  • Program Description
  • Tuition
  • Research Interests
  • Courses Offered

Admission Requirements:

  • Admission Requirements
  • Application Materials
  • Supplemental Regulations

General Program Information:

The graduate program in orthodontics is minimally a 36-month program leading to the M.Sc. degree. The deadline for submission of a completed application is August 15 of each year for a program start of July of the following year. Interviews for short-listed applicants are normally held in October/November.

Please Note: There is normally an intake of three students each year

Program Description:
Since its establishment in 1966, the orthodontic program has maintained an excellent reputation in Canada and internationally, producing high quality graduates who have established successful practices world-wide in Australia, Canada, Columbia, Finland, Ireland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, and the U.S.A. amongst others. This fully accredited three-year (minimum 36 months) masters program provides eligibility to take the examinations of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC) and the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO).

The Program provides a background in the basic sciences underlying orthodontic treatment and instills a critical, independent, problem-solving approach toward clinical practice. Treatment is provided in a modern 14-chair orthodontic clinic with state-of-the-art computerized diagnostic equipment and an on-site dedicated orthodontic technician. Graduate students have an opportunity to treat at least 50 new patients and a similar number of transfer patients using a wide variety of orthodontic techniques.

The strength of the clinical program is the wide range of diversity in instructor philosophies of treatment and the opportunity to learn several techniques such as: 

  • full fixed modified edgewise type mechanics
  • sectional arch mechanics
  • early treatment philosophies
  • functional orthopaedics
  • surgical and cleft palate combination orthodontic-surgical cases

Graduate residents’ responsibilities include:

  • Preparation of a Master’s Thesis
  • Oral defence of their research project
  • Presentation of their research at an international forum
  • Submission of an article for publication based on their research
  • Limited teaching in the undergraduate orthodontic clinic
  • Participation in outreach to under-served communities

Current tuition fee information for Canadian and international students is available here.

Note: The University reserves the right to make changes and revisions to tuition and other fees.

Research interests:
The current foci of research are in:

  • orthodontic biomaterials
  • adhesivity
  • anticariogenicity
  • allergenicity
  • fluoride release
  • epidemiology of malocclusion
  • public health orthodontics
  • preventive and interceptive orthodontics
  • clinical research in temporomandibular joint dysfunction
  • the biology of tooth movement

In addition to equipment in the general research laboratories of the Faculty of Dentistry, the latest acquisition is a state-of-the-art Zwick material testing machine.

Required Courses:

Didactic courses
ANAT 7060 Advanced Human Macroscopic Gross Anatomy (6 credit hours)
CHSC 6810 Biostatistics for Clinicians (3 credit hours)
DDSS 7230 Advanced Oral Pathology (6 credit hours)

Clinically Based courses
PDSD 7000 Neural Basis of Oropharangeal Function (3 credit hours)
PDSD 7020 The Mechanics of Orthodontic Therapy (6 credit hours)
PDSD 7040  Clinical Craniofacial Growth and Development (3 credit hours)
PDSD 7060 Cephalometric Analysis (3 credit hours)
PDSD 7070 Biology of Orthodontic and Facial Orthopaedics (3 credit hours)
RSTD 7150 Orthodontic Materials (3 credit hours)
DDSS 7130 Occlusion (3 credit hours)

Other courses
GRAD 6000 Summer Research
GRAD 7000 Master's Thesis
GRAD 7500 Academic Integrity Tutorial

Ancillary Subjects

  • Cleft palate
  • History of Orthodontics
  • Case Analysis and Treatment Planning
  • Practice Management
  • Orthodontic Techniques
  • Orthognathic Surgery and Orthodontics
  • Temporomandibular Disorders
  • Dental Materials as Applied to the Specialty of Orthodontics
  • Mechanics of Orthodontic Therapy

Admission Requirements: 

  • DMD/DDS degree or its equivalent    English Language Test Score (if applicable ) Scores cannot be older than 2 years. Please see link below for English Test.
    Exemption List can be found here.

Application Materials:

If you are interested in applying for the Graduate Orthodontics Program [M.Sc. (Ortho)], please submit your application online using Radius prior to August 15 in the year preceding your desired commencement in the program (June/July start date).

All supporting documentation listed below must be submitted in ENGLISH and can be submitted online using your Radius account:

  1. A biographical sketch of one or two pages discussing educational and career objectives, personal experiences and other factors that have had or will have an impact on these objectives.
  2. A minimum of three current letters of reference (note: reference letter requests are sent to referees through the online system).
  3. Official transcripts are required from ALL recognized post-secondary institutions, regardless of whether a degree has been awarded. You can scan and upload your transcripts directly through the online application; transcripts sent directly from the institution are not required until you have been admitted.
  4. Curriculum Vitae

Please note that both the Department of Preventive Dental Science and the Faculty of Graduate Studies are involved in the application processing. Therefore the application fee is $150 (Preventive Dental Science - $50, Faculty of Graduate Studies fee - $100) and can be paid online.

Note: Please ensure that you have read over the Academic Integrity notice.

Other links of interest:

Graduate Orthodontics Program:
Master of Science - Orthodontics
Preventive Dental Science
Ph: 204-789-3571

Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences