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What do DDS, DMD and MSD mean?

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DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) are the degrees awarded when one has successfully completed the requirements necessary for graduation from a dental school. The education received and the requirements needed to be met for graduation are the same for schools that offer either a DDS or DMD degree. For most dental schools, one needs to complete at least three years of undergraduate studies before being accepted into dental school and then it takes four years to complete requirements for graduation. Following completion of dental school, those students that decide to specialize in one aspect of dentistry will spend a number of years receiving additional training. Specialty programs offer certificates in that specialty and the opportunity for students to obtain a Masters Degree. MSD is a Master of Science in Dentistry. A master’s degree is obtained from a college or university after receiving a bachelor’s degree. It can take a number of years to complete ... more
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