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M.S. Program in Biomaterials

Director of Graduate Studies: John L. Ricci, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biomaterials and Biomimetics

Program Co-Director: Dindo Mijares, M.S., D.M.D.

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The M.S. degree in Biomaterials Science is awarded by the College of Dentistry of New York University (NYU) with courses offered by the Department of Biomaterials and Biomimetics of the New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD).

The mission of the program is to provide education,and training in biomaterials science and immersion in state-of the art technology, while ultimately contributing to improving human health through biomaterials-based treatment modalities.

The goals of this program are to:

  • Provide students with state-of-the-art knowledge and training in biomaterials science that will prepare them for careers in research and development in academia and industry
  • Enhance the students' understanding of biomaterials-based treatment modalities by providing them with a broad background in biomaterials structure, fabrication, function and interactions with cells and tissues
  • Serve as a basis for further advanced studies, e.g. Ph.D. programs in biology, physical and health sciences
  • Provide clinicians with the knowledge for materials selection and application

The department is located at the New York University College of Dentistry, a world-class craniofacial research and healthcare institution, the largest dental school in the world. The Department of Biomaterials and Biomimetics is uniquely positioned to build upon its existing strengths in biomaterials fabrication, characterization, and testing to achieve the goal of the program and to bridge the gap between bench top research and clinical application. The Department will be moving to a new state-of-the-art facility in the new Nursing, Dentistry, and Biomedical Engineering Building located on First Avenue and 26th Street, to be completed in January 2015.

Overview
The program includes the study of basic material properties and structure of a full range of biomaterials used in medicine and dentistry. The biologic interactions of these materials related to their composition, surface, architectural features and function; and the methods employed to investigate structure, function, and biologic interactions are presented and explored.

Two degree options are available to the student dependent on their scholastic requirements.

  1. Thesis option
    The program represents a challenge to students in managing course work while designing and completing a thesis research project. Completion of the M.S. program in Biomaterials Science requires 36 credit hours of course work as well as completion and acceptance of a research thesis based on the studentís original work. Of the 36 required credit hours, 2-6 credit hours may be approved for the studentís research work. The time required to complete the program is not specified and will vary as it is affected by time commitment, motivation and the uncertainties of research. Most of the didactic portion of the program for full time students can be completed over approximately two regular semesters (one academic year). The research for the thesis will overlap with the didactic program. A full time student can complete the program, including research, in approximately two academic years

    A part time student is encouraged to register for 6 credits a semester and could complete the program in approximately 3 years. Students must be in continuous enrollment during the period of their participation in the program, either by course registration or by the maintenance of matriculation registration (BIOM-DN.4747). All requirements must be satisfied within a period of 5 years from the time of original registration for courses.

    The student is responsible for the selection of a mentor and for working with that mentor to develop a research protocol. The protocol must be presented to the faculty for approval before the research can commence. Students are free to propose their own research topic but final project selection must be approved by the faculty mentor and department. Constraints regarding feasibility, time, cost to the department, safety and regulatory issues, availability of materials, access to fabrication and investigation facilities, and mentor interest are all factors in project selection. The department will try to provide alternatives that are satisfactory to the student.

  2. Non-thesis option
    In lieu of a thesis the student will be required to conduct an Independent Project in Biomaterials.

    Completion of the M.S. program in Biomaterials Science, non-thesis option, requires 40 credit hours of course work, 2 credit hours will be utilized for the studentís independent project. The time required to complete the program is not specified and will vary as it is affected by time commitment, motivation. Most of the didactic portion of the program for full time students can be completed over approximately two regular semesters (one academic year). A full time student can complete the program, including research, in approximately two academic years.

    A part time student is encouraged to register for 6 credits a semester and could complete the program in approximately 3.5 years. A student who is enrolled in an International Clinical program can take 5-8 credits in our program, and still complete both programs in two years if they are motivated to do so. Students must be in continuous enrollment during the period of their participation in the program, either by course registration or by the maintenance of matriculation registration (BIOM-DN 4747). All requirements must be satisfied within a period of 5 years from the time of original registration for courses.

    The student is responsible for the selection of a mentor and for working with that mentor to develop an independent project. The protocol must be presented to the faculty for approval before the project can commence. Students are free to propose their own topic but final project selection must be approved by the faculty mentor and department.

  3. For more information contact Jean Messner, the Program Administrator, at jm3291@nyu.edu.