Marquette University was founded in 1881. The Marquette University School of Dentistry was created in
1907 when Milwaukee Medical College merged with
Marquette College and formed Marquette University.
Graduate programs leading to an MS degree are
offered in several specialties. Continuing education
courses are available in all phases of dentistry
through the year.
The curriculum involves students in a model of dental education that mimics a dental practice. Students
will be trained to develop and utilize all their skills,
as competent clinicians and diagnosticians, to identify and manage the multiple oral health concerns of
their patients. Students will take fewer courses.
Instead, the curriculum combines courses into itnegrated, multidisciplinary tracks that link traditional
dental disciplines and provide learning experiences
designed to integrate knowledge, skills, and attitudes.
Students will move through curricular tracks as members of small practice groups. They will participate in
dental rounds (a concept borrowed from the medical
education model) with faculty leading discussions of
dental cases and bringing in the pharmacological and
medical concerns that should be considered in planning and rendering dental care. Students will dedicate
up to 25% of their time working at off-campus dental
projects sponsored by Marquette University.
The performance of students is evaluated by conventional classroom and clinical testing. Proficiency
examinations are carried out in major clinical
disciplines to determine the extent of a student’s
A combined BS/DDS program is available on an
individual basis, and a DDS+ program encompassing
graduate courses in both dental and nondental fields
The basic predental science courses and 1 year of
English are required, and additional courses in biology
and biochemistry are strongly recommended. Other
recommended courses are speech, history, philosophy,
sociology, political science, economics, accounting,
personal finance, and psychology. Transfer and
advanced standing: Students from other U.S. and
Canadian dental schools and foreign dental school
graduates can apply for advanced standing only into
the second year.
In August 2002, Marquette cut the ribbon on a brandnew, $30 million, 120,000-square-foot dental school
and clinic. The new building is designed to house a
revamped curriculum, one designed to operate more
like a private practice with an emphasis on improved
patient care. Effective reciprocal collaborations in
dental education exist between the Dental School and
the Milwaukee Children’s Hospital, Sinai Samaritan
Medical Center, and the Zablocki Veterans Administration Hospital. In addition, the School of Dentistry
operates several off-campus clinics in underserved
areas of the state, which provide additional clinical
experience for its students.