Application and Admission


The Department of Orthodontics participates in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). The Department also participates in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (the Match). Applicants MUST register in the Match and PASS. The shared PASS/Match registration portal can be accessed from the Match website (select the option for Applicant Registration), or directly at

Application materials should be completed and received by PASS before September 1, 2015 for admission the following August. The following must be submitted directly to the program:

  1. A 2" x 2" photograph.
  2. An essay in the applicant's own handwriting, signed and dated. The required essay may not duplicate the essay submitted as part of the PASS application. The essay should answer the following question: 
    Numerous applications for advanced dental education programs in Orthodontics are received each year.  Many factors are considered in the selection process. So we may get to know you better, tell us about the event or time in your life which most clearly or dramatically describes who you are. (Please do not repeat the question in your essay.  Essays regarding the passing of a beloved
    pet will not be considered.)
    Limit your answer to 150 words.

After the application materials are received and evaluated, some applicants will be invited for an interview. Interviews are scheduled in the month of October. No student is admitted without a personal interview.

If accepted for enrollment, each student will be required to make application to the College of Graduate Health Sciences. Original copies of transcripts, NBDE scores, GRE scores and two original and signed letters of recommendation must accompany that application. The letters of recommendation may be the same as those submitted to PASS but must be an original and signed document.

Admission Decisions

The probability of success in graduate study is assessed using many criteria, but important characteristics are:

  1. Dental and undergraduate school achievement
  2. Performance on standardized tests
  3. Extracurricular activities
  4. The interview
  5. Experience
  6. Recommendations

Minimally, to be considered for full-standing as a graduate student, an applicant must have earned a D.D.S. or equivalent degree awarded by an accredited institution, compiled at least a "B" coursework average, and rank in the upper 30% of his or her graduating class.

Orthodontics room

Contact Us

Graduate Orthodontic Program
875 Union Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
Phone: 901-448-6213
Fax: 901-448-8358

Program Director:
Terry M. Trojan, D.D.S., M.S.