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The Department of Orthodontics at West Virginia University offers a 34 month advanced education Master of Science program.  The program models a private practice atmosphere with state-of-the-art clinical facilities.   The curriculum is centered on daily clinical seminars and private instruction with each individual class.  Also included are regularly scheduled orthognathic surgery conferences and seminars with other dental and medical specialists.

The postgraduate program is designed to develop skilled practitioners who can easily transition into and manage a busy orthodontic practice.  Our goal is to teach a variety of treatment mechanics that are scientifically valid, and let our residents make choices based on treatment needed on a case-by-case basis.  Clinical experiences are diverse, including cleft lip and palate and orthognathic surgery cases.  An original master’s thesis project is required and is designed obtain results suitable for publication in a reputable dental journal.  Our curriculum focuses on preparation for the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) Examinations.  Classes pertaining to the written board are given throughout the 3 year program.  It is a requirement for every 3rd year resident to take the written component of the ABO and all residents are encouraged to complete the board certification process.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.


The facilities of Department of Orthodontics include a state-of-the art clinic, student laboratories, high-tech conference room, and a resident’s work room.  The clinic is modernized with desktop computers at every chair to access digital patient records and scheduling. All of the computers in our department are networked so information can be accessed from any area.  Student laboratories are equipped with all necessary equipment for fabricating orthodontic appliances and study models.  Research laboratories are separate from the department and located nearby.  Our conference room is outfitted with the latest audiovisual technology to assist in presentations and teaching.  It also contains the Orthodontic Department Library, which includes relevant journals and texts.  The resident’s room is designed to be a work space for residents and is outfitted with networked computers.  The Health Sciences Library is located one floor above the Orthodontic Clinic and contains many publications that we may not have in our own library.


In order to be considered for admission to the Orthodontic Program, students must satisfy the following criteria:
  1. Graduation from an accredited dental school.
  2. Evidence of scholastic and clinical achievement that would indicate the applicant’s ability to progress in a program of this nature.  Generally, a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 is required.
  3. Each applicant must apply to our program through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS, and have all application materials into PASS by September 1.  Each applicant must also have a match number from National Matching Services (  

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees are approximately $4,351.00 per semester for students who are West Virginia residents, and $13,005.00 per semester for out-of-state students.  Summer session fees are slightly less in each category.  Select personal instruments and materials are purchased by the students in the first year at an amount of approximately $5,000.  Books and supplies are purchased by the students at an amount of approximately $620.00 per year.

A stipend of $13,611.15 plus tuition waiver will be provided for graduate students in Orthodontics at the end of the second year for Summer 2 Session and Fall/Spring Semesters.