The School of Dentistry and the Department of Periodontics offer a program of advanced study and clinical training leading to a specialist certificate in periodontics and dental implant surgery and the degree of Master of Science.

The program requires a minimum of 34 months (three academic years and two summers) of full time residency in the School of Dentistry. It is designed to qualify dentists for careers in periodontic clinical practice, teaching and research.

The program is organized into five components: biomedical science didactics, periodontal didactics, clinical activity, research and teaching.

Students will earn:

-a certificate in periodontics and will be qualified to test with the American Board of Periodontology

-an academic Master of Science degree that requires the development of an in-depth research problem which must be reported in the form of a thesis. 

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

Academic Progression


In the first year of the program, the resident is introduced to the specialty of periodontics, its scope and its history. The resident receives instruction in the scientific and clinical aspects of periodontics and implant dentistry.

Seminars on current and classic periodontal literature will be offered in addition to case presentations and interdisciplinary seminars. The residents will also participate in didactic courses in biostatistics and research methodology. The didactic activity will be combined with supervised patient care.


The second year of the program is a continuation of the first year of training, with increased emphasis on the clinical treatment of patients and the advanced concepts of periodontics. The resident will spend more time conducting a research study and in the development of a thesis. 


Throughout the training, the resident is encouraged to be inquisitive regarding all phases of treatment and to use initiative to be resourceful. The senior resident should become a severe critic of his or her own accomplishments and be able to support clinical decisions with references from the literature. Completion or a research problem and thesis are required and the resident must successfully defend the thesis to Committee. The senior resident will be expected to present lectures and patient presentations in preparation for Board certification and future teaching responsibilities. Satisfactory completion of this year of training qualifies the resident for examination and certification by the American Board of Periodontics.


A stipend plus tuition waiver will be provided for graduate students in Periodontics at the end of the second year for summer session and fall/spring semesters. Special fees are not covered by the tuition waiver. You must pay special fees each term/semester.


Inquiries concerning this program should be directed to the Office of Dental Admissions and Recruitment.  Applications will be processed by the School of Dentistry. Applicants approved for admission to the program will be notified soon after interviews have been completed.