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Periodontics: 36-month M.S./certificate program

The goal of this program is to develop Periodontists who desire to enter clinical practice or an academic career in Periodontics. Graduates of this program will develop the ability to:

  1. Apply scientific-based therapeutic techniques to treat diseases of the periodontium.
  2. Manage all types and degrees of periodontal disease, mucogingival deformities, and inter-disciplinary therapies.
  3. Perform esthetic surgeries to correct soft tissue deficiencies.
  4. Manage alveolar defects with the latest techniques of hard and soft tissue grafting.
  5. Place and restore dental implants.
  6. Appreciate and conduct research in Periodontology.

This is a 36-month program which leads to a Certificate in Periodontics and a Master of Science in Dental Sciences with specialization in Periodontics. The program fulfills guidelines set forth by the Council on Dental Education and the American Academy of Periodontology.

Academically oriented students may elect to pursue a Ph.D. degree either concurrent with the certificate program or subsequently.

Tuition for the 2011-2012 academic years was approximately $15,900 for Florida residents and $39,100 for non-Florida residents. The 2011-2012 stipend was $9,500 for the first year, $10,000 for the second year, and $10,500 for the third year.

Application Process

September 2nd is the deadline to apply to this program.

Please apply as early as possible for your paperwork to be completed by the September 2nd deadline.

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 2nd deadline.

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

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

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.

Please send all of the following application material to:

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

  • Original official undergraduate school transcripts sent from the institution
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Photo: Email your photograph to the admissions office. Send the file in JPEG format and make sure your photo is not smaller than 400 x 400 pixels and not larger than 1200 x 1200 pixels. Photos should show you from the shoulders up, directly facing the camera. See examples of correct and incorrect photos
  • 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

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.

Fellowship and Internship Opportunities

Contact the Office of Continuing Education for more information about fellowships and internships.