Dean’s welcome for our graduate students

Dear incoming students, Dean Daniel Haas

Congratulations on your acceptance to the graduate program and welcome to University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry! 

Whether you are entering a Masters or a PhD program, I am confident you will find your time here to be uniquely challenging and rewarding. 

You can also anticipate that your time with us will be among the most fulfilling experiences of your life. 

We are committed to providing comprehensive training and take great pride in educating future dental specialists, scientists, and educators, wherever your career may take you. When you graduate, you will have gained the knowledge, skills and abilities that will serve you well throughout your life and your career. 

In addition to the resources available locally in the Faculty of Dentistry, you will have access to resources available through the University of Toronto and the School of Graduate Studies; the innovative Graduate Professional Skills Program (GPS), athletic facilities, the Health and Wellness Centre, the Student Success Centre, Accessibility Services, to name just a few. We strongly encourage students to avail yourselves of all of the resources available to you!

Still, I hope that your experiences will not be all academic.

Although the Faculty of Dentistry is the largest dental program in the country, at one of the top universities in the world, you will be joining a close-knit community of peers, mentors and staff. In fact, our students and alumni tell us that one of the defining aspects of our program is the lifelong friendships they have made here, not just among their fellow students, but also among our faculty. Our student body is passionate, involved, and pursue a remarkable breadth of talents and interests. 

I also want to assure you we are focused on ensuring all of our students have a high-quality learning experience in spite of the challenges that we are facing with COVID-19 restrictions.  

Plans are being developed to safely conduct research on-site. We will be delivering lectures online with small group seminars conducted in-person where possible. The overall quality of your learning experience and your safety guide our decisions.

We are working hard to be ready to deliver our academic programs, our student services, and the peer connections that are all important components of your university experience. 

Once again, welcome!  I look forward to meeting you and hearing of your successes.

With sincere regards,

Daniel Haas, DDS, PhD, FRCD(C) Professor and Dean 
Arthur Zwingenberger Decanal Chair