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Orthodontics: 35-month M.S./certificate program

This program is designed to educate dentists to become leaders of the orthodontic profession and is committed to developing the following qualities in the students: ethics, integrity, scholarship, open-mindedness, sound judgment, the ability to communicate and to relate to patients, and manual ability to provide treatment.

This is a 35-month program leading to a Certificate in Orthodontics and a Master of Science in Dental Sciences with specialization in orthodontics. This is a highly competitive program receiving many applicants each year.

The tuition for the 2011-2012 year is $15,900 for Florida residents and $39,100 for non-residents.

Application Process

1. Apply to PASS

All program applicants must apply through PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service), which is sponsored by the American Association of Dental Schools ( PASS is an application clearinghouse that provides uniform information to participating programs while relieving applicants of the burden of completing multiple individual applications. The PASS website opens for application in late spring/early summer. Participation in the PASS program is mandatory. We advise applicants to apply as early as possible.

You must apply to PASS by the deadline specified in the PASS materials to insure we receive your PASS application by our September 16th deadline.

For an application and instructions, visit the PASS website or contact:

1400 K Street NW, Suite 1100B
Washington, DC 20035-2403

Additional documentation to forward to PASS:

  • An Institutional (Dean’s) evaluation
  • One professional (faculty) evaluation
  • Personal essay
  • Dental school transcripts
  • Match Code number

Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program

Applicants must also apply to the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. Your participation in this service is mandatory. You must obtain the Applicant Agreement form and materials describing this program from:

National Matching Services 595 Bay Street, Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5G 2C2

2. Apply directly to the University of Florida Graduate School

Complete the Online Graduate Application. Select the “Graduate” option; do not select “Professional”. Please mark “Masters” and “Summer B 2014″ as the term. The application requires a non-refundable $30 application fee.

3. Send the following materials to:

Dr. Pamela Sandow, Assistant Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid
University of Florida College of Dentistry/Orthodontics
P.O. Box 100402
Gainesville FL 32610-0402

  • Original official undergraduate school transcripts sent from the institution
  • National Boards Part I and II scores
    Scores must be reported directly to UF. Request your scores from:
    Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations
    211 East Chicago Ave., #1846
    Chicago, IL 60611
    800-621-8099 ext 465
  • Graduate Record Examination scores. Institutional code 5812/Dept code 0604. GRE scores expire after 5 years. The GRE cannot expire prior to the first day of classes.

Additional Requirements for Internationally-Educated Dentists

Application Status Updates

  • Once the admissions office receives your application, you will be notified via email of any missing documentation throughout the application cycle, and up to the application deadline.
  • Once the application deadline is reached and your application is complete, we will forward your file to the program director. Please contact the program director for future questions on the program selection process.

Orthodontic Internship

Available to U.S. and Foreign Dental Graduates

The Department of Orthodontics offers an advanced education course entitled “Internship in Orthodontics for the General Practitioner.” The experience is tailored to the desires of the intern with experiences in clinical orthodontics, orthodontic case analysis, clinical or basic research and didactic orthodontic courses. This course is designed to give the intern an experience in clinical orthodontics that will better equip them to pursue an orthodontics residency. The intern can work in the faculty’s intramural practice, under the direction of the full-time professors up to two days per week. In addition, the intern may attend departmentally offered courses and clinical case conferences that the orthodontic residents take. We also offer the intern an opportunity to work on a basic or clinical research project during the course. The research may be presented at the International Association of Dental Research meeting and could also be published in the orthodontic literature.

This course is for one calendar year. Tuition is remitted in four (4) equal installments of $7,750.00 (for a total of $31,000/year). Upon completion of the Internship, a certificate of attendance and one thousand six hundred (1600) continuing education units (CEUs) is awarded.

Application Process

Send internship application materials to:

UF College of Dentistry
Department of Orthodontics
P.O. Box 100444
Gainesville FL 32610-0444

  1. Application form
  2. A copy of your active dental license.
  3. Have 2 letters of reference sent to us.
  4. Have a current official copy of your dental and college transcript and an official copy of your National Board scores sent to us (see mailing address on application form).
  5. GRE scores are not necessary for this program, but are preferred as an aid in applicant selection.
  6. Official TOEFL scores are required for foreign applicants.

If you have questions, or would like more information about the Orthodontic Internship course, please contact the Orthodontics Department at 352-273-5700 or