Why become a dentist?

Dentistry is a healthcare profession whose importance is growing as the value of oral health to overall health is increasingly recognized. Dentistry is ranked #2 in The 100 Best Jobs for 2018 by U.S. News and World Report and has a projected employment growth of 16% (23,300 new positions) through 2022 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to the ADA Health Policy Institute, the average net income for a private practitioner in 2017 was $197,190 for a general practitioner and $320,990 for a specialist. 78% of active private-practice dentists owned their own practices.

Earning a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) or a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree means receiving education and clinical traning on par with those offered by medical schools. MGA, like most universities, does not offer a "pre-dental" major, nor is there a single best major for getting into/succeeding in dental school. Choose a major that you are interested in and will be successful in, keeping in mind that most dental schools require multiple lab science courses.