The Department of Periodontology offers a 34-month Master of Science program. The program is organized into five components: biomedical science didactics, periodontics didactics, clinical activity, research and teaching. The department philosophy is to provide comprehensive training that encompasses all aspects of periodontal and implant therapy. Graduate students/residents will be trained to competency in IV sedation, laser therapy and computer-guided implant surgeries. The didactic activity, research and teaching will involve about 50 percent of the resident’s time, and the other 50 percent (five half days a week) will be dedicated to patient treatment. An original thesis is required.



To train dentists for careers in clinical or academic periodontics, which will allow the graduate to practice all phases of clinical periodontics and advance knowledge in the field.


  1. To produce highly qualified periodontal clinical practitioners.
  2. To prepare students to successfully complete the American Board of Periodontology examination. 
  3. To provide the highest quality care to patients with periodontal treatment needs.
  4. To gain a thorough understanding of the biomedical sciences related to the theory, practice and research aspects of periodontology.
  5. To provide training in research, scientific writing and presentation of scientific data.
  6. To produce graduates who are satisfied with their education and alumni who take pride in their program.


The Department of Periodontology faculty and program director monitor all facets of the program on a continual basis. This ensures student development according to expected levels of progress in the clinical program and that goals and objectives are emphasized during daily operation of the program.