MSIA Graduate Program


Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area (MSIA) Program

The Department of Oral Biology participates in the Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area (MSIA) Program in the Graduate College at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Main areas of research focus include:

It is expected that students will pursue a program of a multi- or inter-disciplinary nature including courses in at least two of the disciplines represented in the department and courses offered on the UNMC Omaha or Lincoln campus. 

Admission Requirements 

Each applicant must hold a DDS, DMD, MD or a baccalaureate degree from a recognized college or university. In general, to be admitted, students must have achieved a B average as an undergraduate student.

If English is not the primary language of the applicant, a minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) is required on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A brief narrative describing the reasons for applying to the MSIA Graduate Program is also required. The narrative should include a statement of career goals and area of research interest. A completed application includes:

  1. Application form
  2. Official transcripts from each university of college attended
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Narrative from the applicant outlining his/her objective and career goals
  5. Proof of English language proficiency, if the applicant is from a foreign language country
Tuition and Fees 

Tuition, other fees and expenses are listed on the UNMC Office of Graduate Studies website.

Financial Aid 

Graduate students can be supported through competitive university fellowships, research assistantships, and research grants held by the faculty. A limited number of graduate research assistantships (includes stipend, tuition and fees) are available to entering students. Graduate students are encouraged to apply for a research assistantship as soon as their thesis/dissertation proposal is approved.

How to Apply 

Apply online through the UNMC Office of Graduate Studies.


Dr. James Wahl, Associate Dean for Research
Department of Oral Biology