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Advanced Education Programs

The School of Dentistry offers three types of programs for dentists who wish to pursue advanced education. These programs are: graduate (degree and certificate), postgraduate (certificate), and residency (certificate).

Graduate

Graduate programs lead to a master of science in dentistry degree and a certificate in a specialty area of dentistry. Programs are designed to meet the eligibility requirements for examination by the particular American Specialty Board and accreditation standards of the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The following clinical specialties are offered: Endodontics, Prosthodontics and Periodontics.

The curriculum in the graduate programs varies between programs and is based on discipline-specific requirements. Orientation in research and human subjects is required for students pursuing a graduate degree. A thesis is required, and the total length of the program varies with the area of specialty. The minimum is five or six academic semesters and three summer sessions, depending on the requirements of the particular specialty. Graduate programs are combined programs, and under no circumstances are the degree and certificate awarded separately.

Postgraduate

The postgraduate program leads to a certificate in general dentistry or a specialty area and an optional master of science in dentistry degree consisting primarily of basic science courses, clinical science courses and seminars, and a clinical program designed to meet eligibility requirements for examination by the particular American Specialty Board and accreditation standards of the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The following specialties are offered: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry. General dentistry programs include Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) and the General Practice Residency (GPR). A thesis is required for the master of science in dentistry degree. Orientation in research methodology and human subjects’ research is required for students pursuing a specialty certificate. The award of the certificate is contingent on satisfactory completion of the required basic and clinical science courses, clinical conferences, appropriate clinical training for the area of specialization, and a research project if required by the department.

Residency

Residency programs lead to a certificate and consist primarily of basic science courses, clinical science courses and a clinical program designed to meet eligibility requirements for examination by the particular American Specialty Board and accreditation standards of the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The specialty program offered is in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Four-year certificate and six-year combined MD/certificate Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery programs are included. The award of certificate is contingent on satisfactory completion of all program requirements.