This 24-month course-based masters program focuses on temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain. A student may, after admission to the program, transfer to a thesis-based program with permission of the director.

The program offers a multidisciplinary component involving physical therapy, medicine, sleep medicine, nutrition, psychology, pharmacotherapy, and various dental disciplines. Clinical expertise is supplemented by on and off campus rotations to observe and learn other approaches to pain management.

Entrance Requirements

Candidates are accepted under the general regulations of the Medical Sciences Graduate Program. Completion of a DDS or equivalent degree is required with a grade point average of at least 3.0 (or equivalent qualification) in the last 60 units of course weight of their dental program. A clinical or laboratory research project and a limited teaching commitment may be expected. Admission to graduate programs is dependent upon the recommendation of the department's Graduate Committee.

Students receive a living stipend with an amount varying from $20,000 to $24,000 per annum for a 24-month period.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission either by:
  1. Possession of a degree or its academic equivalent from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta, in which the language of instruction is English.
  2. A satisfactory score on an approved English language examination as described below.
  • TOEFL paper-based score of 570
  • TOEFL computer-based score equivalent of 230
  • TOEFL internet-based score equivalent of 95 (with at least 20 per section)
  • CAEL minimum score of 70 with at least 70 on each subtest
  • IELTS (Academic test) score of 7.5 with at least 6 on each band
  • Standardized test results must be issued directly from the testing office. Photocopies will not be accepted. Test scores must be valid and verifiable.

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    Required Documentation

    Application documents required:
    • Official transcripts (or a certified true copy) from each university/institute attended
    • Original degree certificate (or a certified true copy) if your transcript does not indicate a degree earned
    • TOEFL or IELTS test score report (if your language of instruction in university was English this requirement may be waived)
    • Three letters of reference (plus the completed appraisal template)
    • Your curriculum vitae (resume)
    • Letter of intent (Describe why you wish to pursue graduate studies in your area of interest at the University of Alberta)

    Note: An academic record that satisfies the basic entrance requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission. Enrolment in our graduate programs is limited and the number of qualified applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available.

    Official documents (transcripts, degree certificates, etc.) may be required upon receiving the conditional offer of admission letter. Documents must be sent directly from the post-secondary institution to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research office.

    Application Deadlines

    International Applications
    • October 1 (September admission)
    China (PRC)
    • April 1 (September admission)
    Canadian Applications
    • October 1 (September admission)