Marquette University School of Dentistry


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. Grading Policy 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 capabilities.

Unique Programs

A combined BS/DDS program is available on an individual basis, and a DDS+ program encompassing graduate courses in both dental and nondental fields exists.


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.

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