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Orthodontics Master's Program

Admissions Information


Prospective students must use the PASS and MATCH application services to apply to the program. Only applications received from PASS will be considered. MATCH and PASS applications are due no later than August 17 to be considered for the class that begins the following August. Application to the Graduate School at the University of North Carolina is not required until after the MATCH process is completed.


PASS Program. PASS application materials and instructions may be obtained by contacting:

Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS)
American Dental Education Association
1400 K Street NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005

Phone: (617) 612-2065 (PASS Customer Service)
           (800) 353-2237 (Toll-Free Customer Service)

Participation through the Postdoctoral Matching Services is required for admission to our program. Applications may be obtained from:

National Matching Services, Inc.
20 Holly Street, Suite 301
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4S 3B1
Phone: (416) 977-3431 Fax (416) 977-5020

Required Supplemental Materials
The following items must be received by the Department of Orthodontics by September 2nd:

These materials should be mailed to:

UNC School of Dentistry
Graduate Orthodontics Program - Applications
201 Brauer Hall
Campus Box 7450
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7450

Note that you might request a tracking # on your mailing materials from the post office so that you can check upon the status instead of calling our office. Also, please do not send your transcripts or board scores.

International applicants are expected to submit all PASS (EXCEPT National Dental Board Examination scores) and required Supplemental materials, including GRE scores.

International students are required to take the TOEFL exam, with a minimum of 89 on the internet-based test, or the IELTS with a minimum score of 7.5. The exam score must be current (less than two years old). When registering for the test, you should indicate the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Graduate School (institution #5816) as a score recipient. The TOEFL test is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), CN6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151. You should take the test no later than May to ensure that your score arrives by the application deadline. See the following website for TOEFL test exceptions for international students.

Personal Interview. Personal, on-site interviews are held in late October or November for applicants selected by the admissions committee. Invitations are extended prior to the interview process to provide candidates ample time to schedule their trips. Interviews are by invitation only and occur only at designated times.

Faculty and applicants meet during formal interviews as well as during social events hosted by the current residents. Time is provided for applicants to ask questions of faculty, residents, and staff and to tour the graduate clinic and the University. The admissions committee meets after the interview schedule is concluded and the results are forwarded to the Match Program. Applicants must participate in the Postdoctoral Dental Match Program in order to be accepted into the UNC Program.


All prospective students must hold a DDS, DMD or equivalent degree from a dental school. Admission criteria are applied equally to all applicants regardless of race, sex, color, national origin, or religion. We encourage minority students to apply.


The Graduate Orthodontic Program is a dual certificate and Master of Science(MS) program. Students who are accepted in the certificate program will be given instructions on the application process to the UNC Graduate School for acceptance into the MS program. Students must be accepted by the Graduate School in order to matriculate in the program.

NC Licensure or Intern Permit (NC State Board of Dental Examiners

All graduate student/residents enrolled in the UNC advanced orthodontic education program must have an active North Carolina dental license or intern permit for clinical privileges. Those graduate students/residents who are not graduates of an ADA-accredited dental school (internationally trained dentists) must complete a simulation exam as part of their intern permit process. Such candidates must pass and complete the simulation exam within two months of their formal matriculation in the program. If a candidate does not complete the simulation exam within the two-month interval, he or she cannot advance in the clinical program and may be subject to dismissal from the program.