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 https://portal.passweb.org.
Application materials should be completed and received by PASS before September 2, 2014 for admission the following August. The following must be submitted directly to the program:
- A 2" x 2" photograph.
- Non-Dental School Transcript(s), e.g. undergraduate transcripts.
- Original Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report.
- An essay in the applicant's own handwriting submitted over the applicant's dated signature. The required essay may not duplicate the essay submitted as part of the PASS application. The essay should answer the following question: Many applications for advanced dental education programs in Orthodontics are received each year which makes selection of students difficult. Many factors are considered in the selection process. So we may get to know you better, tell us about a time in your life and outside your dental school experiences when doing the “right thing” wasn’t the easiest thing. (Please do not repeat the question in your essay.) Limit your answer to 150 words.
- A CV/Resume sent directly to the program when requested by the program.
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.
The probability of success in graduate study is assessed using many criteria, but important characteristics are:
- Dental and undergraduate school achievement
- Performance on standardized tests
- Extracurricular activities
- The interview
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.