The Graduate Program in Dentistry of the School of Dentistry of the University of São Paulo (FOUSP) relies on a staff of 27 professors, 70% of whom work in full dedication to teaching and research (RDIDP).

In the last CAPES evaluations the Graduate Program obtained a grade of 5, attributed to courses of excellence at the National Level.

The Masters course has a maximum duration of 24 months and the Doctorate course has a maximum duration of 40 months, while the Direct Doctorate should not exceed 48 months. The course is based on disciplines that support the development of projects and lines of research. The didactic internships are part of the students’ training. Upon completion of the subjects and qualification exam, the student is able to develop his/her dissertation (Master’s) or thesis (Doctorate). Our egresses become absolutely capable as Teachers and/or Researchers able to develop their work in academic or private initiative.

The infrastructure has research laboratories available for the development of projects of the Graduate Studies: Laboratory of Basic Research “Prof. Dr. Edmir Matson”; Laboratory of Applied Research to Dentistry “Prof. Dr. Lincoln Steagal”; Special Laser Laboratory in Dentistry – Lelo, Oral Biochemistry Research Center; Composites Laboratory; Finite Elements Laboratory; Test Bodies Preparation Laboratory; Mechanical Testing Laboratory; Oral Biology Laboratory (LBO) and Bioterium.

It is expected of the students of the Dentistry Program that, in addition to developing their end-of-course work (Dissertations and Theses), they will also perform other work that will result in publications in qualified indexed journals, as well as presentations of work in events and extension actions, impacting on the development of society.

PhD students also experience the exercise of orientation, co-guiding Scientific Initiation students, consolidating the learning of teaching practice. There are many opportunities to carry out research internships abroad, expressed in obtaining sandwich scholarships. Also, we have worked in exchanges with International Teaching and Research Institutions, as well as receiving professors and researchers from these institutions to teach disciplines and conferences, consolidating the actions of internationalization of the Program.


The Program aims to train ethical professors and researchers, scholars, with a refined critical view of the literature, being able to propose applications of the results achieved in the research conducted.

The elaboration of the Program is based on a proposal of global involvement of teachers and students, on the improvement of the knowledge, already acquired with the graduation, and on the search of new knowledge, through objective researches.

With strategies of theoretical classes, seminars and development of research projects, the student, at the end of the course, will have come into contact with various aspects of knowledge in the areas of Oral Biology, Biomaterials, Restorative Dentistry, Endodontics and Laser in Dentistry, which will enable the student to be a future teacher, advisor and researcher.

The Program has been evolving to encourage the increase of the quality of its scientific production, as well as, the realization of applied research using the latest technology tested in its lines of research. To strengthen this idea, the Program has been working on its internationalization, through the creation of subjects offered in English, with the participation of foreign professors, further strengthening their collaborative ties.


A moment of consolidation of scientific research, resulting, among other initiatives, from the creation of the National Research Council (CNPq) and the National Campaign for the Improvement of Higher Level Personnel (CAPES) in 1951 and the Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science (SBPC) in 1948.

In 1965, when the MEC began its studies for the regulation of Postgraduate courses, three were the main objectives: to train competent teachers to meet the demand for a rapidly expanding higher education, to stimulate the development of research and, finally, to ensure the effective training of technicians and intellectual workers of the highest standard. The Graduate Programs at USP, in the format in which they exist today, were initiated in 1969, when MEC effectively promoted the official creation of Graduate courses in Brazil.

However, the University of São Paulo (USP) already graduated its PhDs in the 1950s, as it has, since its foundation, had centers where scientific research is developed, an indispensable condition for the formation of postgraduates. Since the 1960s, USP has been responsible for the majority of human resources training in Science and Technology and, currently, for 30% of Brazilian scientific production.

The Rules for Graduate Programs of the School of Dentistry of the University of São Paulo were approved (Ordinance 1215 of 01/07/1970) by the Magnificent Rector of USP, Prof. Dr. MIGUEL REALE, edited under the terms of Article 4, sole paragraph (Ordinance GR No. 885 of 25/08/1969).

In 1987, the Graduate Program in Dentistry, Dental Clinics, School of Dentistry, University of São Paulo was reformulated and approved by the Graduate Council of USP. With the unfolding of this Program, several Concentration Areas were established.

The first selection test for the Graduate Program in Dentistry – area of concentration Biomaterials and Oral Biology, now composed as areas of concentration in the Graduate Program in Dentistry, was held in 1989, when the first students entered the Master’s and Doctorate Courses in the newly created area of concentration. In these years of work, Dental Materials has contributed to the training of about 100 Dental Professors and Researchers who are now part of the State, Federal, and Private IES, where they participate in the Graduate Program. Several also perform clinical activities (Dentistry, Prosthodontics, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry and others), since the knowledge of Dental Materials is fundamental and indispensable for the full exercise of Dentistry.

The Postgraduate Program in Dentistry – area of Dental Concentration was authorized by CAPES for Master’s and Doctorate on September 3, 1990. The coordination was exercised by Prof. Dr. Dan Mihail Fichman, from 1988 to 1994. From 1994 to 2003, Prof. Dr. Edmir Matson assumed the coordination. From 2003 to 2007, Prof. Dr. Márcia Martins Marques coordinated the Postgraduate Dentistry Program. From 2008 to 2012, Prof. Dr. Miriam Lacalle Turbino coordinated the Program. From 2009 to 2015, Prof. Dr. Márcia Martins Marques resumed the coordination for the period. Between 2016 and 2017, the coordination of PGP was under the responsibility of Prof. Dr. Adriana Bona Matos and, as of 2018, is under the coordination of Prof. Dr. Celso Luiz Caldeira.

From 2015 on, the Post-Graduation Program in Dentistry gains two new areas of concentration: Endodontics and Laser in Dentistry. This expansion of areas aims to stimulate multidisciplinary collaborative work in order to impact the oral health of patients. Especially the Laser in Dentistry area has the peculiarity of receiving professionals from other areas of health, due to the possibility of multidisciplinary use of this technology.

In 2017, two areas of concentration were migrated: Biomaterial and Oral Biology, making up the five areas of concentration of the Program.

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