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Periodontology Master's Program

Admissions Information


The Department of Periodontology at UNC participates in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS), which is administered by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). All applications must be submitted through PASS. UNC does not accept applications sent directly to the Department of Periodontology. The application deadline is August 1 for a candidate to be considered for class matriculation in the following July. The Department's Admissions Committee reviews all received applications immediately after the application deadline. Select candidates are invited to a personal interview through late August. Final acceptance of residents is announced in early September.


PASS application cycle information, 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)

For International Students:

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). Please follow the PASS instructions for submission of the scores to PASS. When registering for the test, you should also 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.


Each applicant must submit the following directly to the Department of Periodontology:


All prospective residents must hold a DDS, DMD or equivalent degree from a dental school. Additional training such as AGD or GPR, or practice experience is not required. Admission criteria are applied equally to all applicants regardless of race, sex, national origin or religion. The University of North Carolina and the Department encourage minority resident applications.


The Graduate Periodontology Program is a dual certificate and Master's/PhD program. After provisional acceptance into the Periodontology Program, students must apply to the UNC Graduate School for acceptance into a Master's or PhD program. If the desired degree is a MS in Periodontology, applications for admission to the Graduate School should be made online:

Candidates should apply for the Second Summer session term (which starts in late June).

As part of the Graduate School application, applicants must upload a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose outlining motivations, experience and professional goals. The Periodontology department does not require the GRE. Applicants must also upload unofficial transcripts. Official transcripts should not be sent to the department or the Graduate School until requested to do so.

The application fee must be paid in U.S. funds or through an international money order. This fee cannot be waived. Applications that arrive without the required fee will remain unprocessed, pending receipt of the fee. The Graduate School will send a notification of receipt of the application only after the fee has been paid and the application has been processed.


When requested to do so by the Graduate School, International applicants must submit official academic records bearing the signature of the registrar or another academic official and either a raised or ink stamp or seal of the issuing institution. Records must be issued in the original language and be accompanied by certified English translations. International applicants must also submit verification that the degree has been awarded or a copy of the degree award.

International applicants seeking admission must complete and upload an international student data form and financial certification worksheet. The forms and instructions are available within the ‘International Applicants Only’ page. You may submit your Financial Certificate documentation at any time during the application process or you may wait to upload the documentation until you have received your admittance notification from the Graduate School. Please note these documents must be received and approved by the International Student and Scholar Services office before visa documents can be prepared. For more information, please visit:

Students who are not graduates of an ADA-accredited dental school must complete a simulation exam as part of their NC 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 pass the simulation exam within the two-month interval, he or she cannot advance in the clinical program and will be subject to dismissal from the program.


For the current academic year, 10 residents have appointments in the Department of Periodontology. Seven residents are pursuing the combined MS/Certificate program. One resident is pursuing the combined PhD degree/Certificate training and 2 residents are pursuing the MPH/Certificate program. The program has a long history of recruiting a diverse group of individuals from around the world. The following countries are currently represented among the residents: Canada, China, Italy, Mexico and the United States.


For additional information about the admissions process, please contact:

Ms. Elizabeth Meares
Department of Periodontology
UNC School of Dentistry
CB# 7450
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7450