Dean's Message

Dr. Walter Siqueira, DDS, MBA, PhD, FCAHS, USask College of Dentistry Dean

Hello and welcome to the College of Dentistry at the University of Saskatchewan!  As Dean, I’m thrilled to introduce you to our college, a place where your interest in oral health and dentistry can flourish into a fulfilling career.

Our college is a beacon of innovation and excellence in the dental field. We offer a diverse range of programs designed to cater to various interests within oral health area. Whether you’re aspiring to be a dentist, a dental therapist, a dental assistant, an oral health researcher, or even looking to combine dental expertise with business acumen, we have a path tailored for you.

Our core program is the meticulously crafted four-year Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree. It provides comprehensive knowledge and valuable hands-on experience in dentistry. For internationally trained dentists, we offer the two-year International Dental Degree Program (IDDP), which facilitates a smooth transition into Canadian dentistry licensure.

In an exciting collaboration with the Edwards School of Business, we proudly present Canada’s only dual-degree DMD/MBA program. This unique offering is ideally suited for individuals aiming to integrate clinical practice with leadership and management skills.

Additionally, our college’s program portfolio includes the two-year Bachelor of Science in Dental Therapy and a 10-month certificate in Dental Assisting. These specialized programs cater to aspiring dental therapists and dental assistants, respectively.

Furthermore, our college is committed to shaping the next generation of oral health care researchers in Canada. We achieve this through our Master's and PhD programs in Precision Oral and Systemic Health (POSH). These advanced programs offer in-depth research training, preparing students for impactful careers in dental, craniofacial and oral health research.

Our college is dedicated to creating a transformative educational experience for our students, who are the future leaders in the oral health field. At the core of this experience is our state-of-the-art Simulation Learning Center, the first in the country to be equipped with augmented reality simulators. This advanced technology ensures that our students are not only well-versed in theoretical knowledge but also excel in practical, real-world dental scenarios.

Research, along with a robust clinical education experience, forms a cornerstone of our college. We provide an environment where interdisciplinary research flourish. Students have the opportunity to collaborate with our dental clinician-scientist faculty and engage in diverse research areas such as oral proteomics, dental caries, infection control, biofilm, fibrosis, educational methodology and artificial intelligence in dentistry. Our commitment to research and clinical education has earned national and global recognition, with our college ranking 6th in Canada and 151st globally in the Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects – Dental Schools. This achievement underscores our unwavering dedication to research and teaching excellence.

Beyond academics, our college is a community. Here, you will find a diverse and collaborative environment, supported by a close-knit community of students, faculty, and staff. Saskatoon’s vibrant environment further enriches the learning experience, offering cultural, historic, and artistic exploration.

In choosing the College of Dentistry at the University of Saskatchewan, you are not just selecting a program; you are embarking on a journey to become a part of the future of oral health care. We are dedicated to guiding you through this journey with excellence, innovation, and a commitment to community care.

I look forward to welcoming you to our college and supporting you in your pursuit of a rewarding career in dentistry and oral health field!

Walter SiqueiraDDS, MBA, PhD, FCAHS 
Dean and Professor

IADR Distinguished Scientist


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Strategic Plan

Building on Strength – Improving Tomorrow

This College of Dentistry strategic plan guides our focus for inclusive community care.

Priority 1
Become Canada’s leader in Inclusive Community Care

Priority 2
Expand educational programming

Priority 3
Expand research capacity and output

Priority 4
College revitalization and enhancement

Priority 5
Uplift the needs, preferences and aspirations of Indigenous people

Mission, Vision and Values

Our Mission

To graduate future-ready, highly experienced oral health professionals committed to care for all people.

Our Vision

To make a difference in the world by including those that others ignore, discovering better ways to improve health, and training skilled, compassionate leaders and professionals.

Our Shared Values

  • Transformative, evidence-based health-care standards
  • Compassion for those we serve
  • Respect for all in principle and practice
  • Enhance diversity and foster inclusion
  • Prioritize wellness
  • Accountable for student success
  • Uncompromised honesty and professionalism
  • Ally for reconciliation
  • Empowerment through collaboration
  • Impactful innovation

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The College of Dentistry at the University of Saskatchewan is dedicated to community engagement and outreach, providing essential dental services to underserved populations in Saskatoon's central neighborhoods and northern communities.

In addition, the college strongly emphasizes diversity in its recruitment of students, staff, and faculty. It aims to reflect Saskatchewan's cultural diversity within its college community. A key aspect of this commitment is supporting Indigenous students in their dental education across all programs. The college facilitates this by reserving specific admission slots for Indigenous applicants, demonstrating its commitment to creating an inclusive educational environment.