Master of Science in Orthodontics

Application Deadline: September 15, 2018

1 Qualifications

  • Must have passed the National Dental Board Examination - Part I at time of application and Part II upon entrance into the program.
  • Must have earned a DMD/DDS degree or its equivalent.
  • Must be eligible for a West Virginia dental license or an intern/resident permit.
  • Must report most recent GRE scores. Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) is recommended but not required.
  • Must be proficient in the English language or provide a recent TOEFL score (if you are a foreign applicant).
  • Must display 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.
  • Must have applied only to schools participating in the National Match Services program. Students applying to other programs will not be accepted (see Step 2).

2 Apply to the Postdoctoral Application Support Service Program (PASS)

Deadline: The deadline for submission of all application materials to PASS is September 15.

The Orthodontics Residency Program at the West Virginia University School of Dentistry participates in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service Program (PASS). Visit PASS to view detailed application requirements and to apply.

Applicants must also obtain a match number from National Matching Services to be considered for admission.  Applicants must also sign a form indicating that they are not applying to a non-matched program.

3 Interview

Once your application and supporting materials are processed in PASS and received by the School, they will be reviewed by the Endodontics Graduate Program Selection Committee. If you have any questions regarding the program or application process, please contact the Office of Dental Admissions, Recruitment & Access at (304) 293-1680, fax (304) 293-8561 or wendy.ridenour@hsc.wvu.edu

All applicants receiving an interview are required to submit a West Virginia University Graduate Program Application along with the $60 application fee.

While an invitation to appear for an interview should not be construed as evidence of acceptance, it is a requirement that assists the committee in its selection process.

The application and payment instructions are available online.

Official academic transcripts must be submitted directly to:
WVU Admissions Office
One Waterfront Place
PO Box 6009
Morgantown, WV 26506-6009.

4 Acceptance

Applicants approved for admission to the program will be notified through MATCH on or after December 1. Matched applicants will also receive an official acceptance letter.

All residents must consent to a criminal background check by the most recent technology available prior to final acceptance. The resident may not begin their training program beyond the orientation phase until the criminal background check has been submitted. 

Must become familiar with the West Virginia University School of Dentistry's policy and procedure for Bloodborne Pathogens and Infectious Diseases.

Must submit documentation of required immunizations including of vaccination for rubella, rubeola, mumps, hepatitis B, tetanus, meningococcal, meningitis, varicella and polio. As well as provide evidence of a negative PPD test performed within 12 months. A positive PPD test result must be accompanied by an appropriate chest x-ray report and follow-up treatment plan.

Must meet certain Federal and University standards regarding the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). To comply with these standards, all individuals admitted to the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and dental graduate programs must successfully complete the Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research (BRCR) online course offered by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). The BRCR course must be completed no later than 30 days after beginning your first semester in the education program. Failure to satisfy this requirement within the specified period of time will impact your enrollment.

Must be eligible for a West Virginia dental license or an intern/resident permit.

Need Help Applying?

If you have specific questions regarding our application procedures and requirements, please call the Office of Dental Admissions at (304) 293-1680 or e-mail your questions to dentaladmit@hsc.wvu.edu.