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What are the benefits of a dual degree programs and research?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by Jordan1671, Sep 28, 2014.

  1. Jordan1671

    Jordan1671 5+ Year Member

    Nov 12, 2011
    A lot of programs seem to push research and having the option of dual degrees. What are the benefits of these? From what I can see, research isn't as significant if you do not desire to go into academia after dental school and is generally served only as a conversation topic for interviews into specializations, not as a point of really improving your resume. Also, why would having two degrees, benefit you as a dentist? Is there other career options that require a hybrid of these two degrees? So far to me, a dual degree program is wasteful financially and time-wise.
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  3. sjv

    sjv Moderator 2+ Year Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    Then don't do one like 99% of dental students...

    These programs aren't really pushed and are merely an option for those who are interested.
  4. teethlover93

    teethlover93 2+ Year Member

    Apr 25, 2014
    MA in Education and PhD could help with careers in academia, but having more letters after your name is not necessary even for that career path. MPH could help if you want to go into administration work or places like the CDC. Sometimes these dual degrees are free if you get into them, so besides the time commitment, there's not monetary cost.

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