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Graduate Prosthodontics Program

Admissions Information


Prospective students must use the PASS application service to apply to the program. Only applications received from PASS will be considered. PASS applications are due no later than August 15th to be considered for the class that begins the following July. Application to the Graduate School at the University of North Carolina is not required until after students have been selected for the program.


Our PASS application deadline is August 15 each year. 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)

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 Prosthodontics:


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. The University and the Department encourage minority student applications.

Each year, approximately 8 applicants are selected by mid-October and invited to attend the two-day interview held in November at the School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill. This interview provides the faculty, staff, and current graduate students with an opportunity meet the candidates. Upon completion of the interviews, prospective students will be notified in writing of their selection for the program.


The Graduate Prosthodontics Program is a dual certificate and Master of Science(MS) program. After provisional acceptance into the Prosthodontics Program, applications for admission to the Graduate School should be made online:

Candidates should apply for the Second Summer session term (July 1 start date).

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. National Dental Board Scores should be uploaded as Supplement Number 1. 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.


The curriculum at UNC involves approximately 60% clinic participation in the areas of Fixed, Removable, Implant and Maxillofacial Prosthodontics. Didactic offerings in Prosthodontics, research methods, dental education, oral pathology, biostatistics, etc. are required. The non-Prosthodontics didactic offerings are concentrated during the first year. In addition, each resident is required to act as a graduate teaching assistant (GTA), which usually involves teaching at the pre-doctoral level.

Research is emphasized in order to stimulate the resident to make clinical judgments based on sound scientific principles, and to afford the resident the ability to critically evaluate the scientific literature. An independent research project is mandatory for successful completion of the program. The minimal clinical requirements during the three-year program include 160 units of fixed prosthodontics, 25 units of removable partial dentures, and 30 complete denture patients, and all of the maxillofacial patients assigned. While residents participate in much of the laboratory phase of Prosthodontic treatment, emphasis is placed on direct patient care. Many residents achieve both award winning research projects and exceed the minimal requirements.

The 36-month curriculum in Prosthodontics requires the successful completion of a Master of Science thesis project. In addition, following completion of the M.S. degree, a Certificate in Prosthodontics is awarded. Adequate time is afforded each resident within the curriculum for conducting their thesis research, and several options are currently available for submission of the thesis. Deadlines for selection of a thesis topic, advisor and committee, for submission of a research protocol, and for timely completion of the completed thesis are well defined for the residents.


For additional information about the admissions process, please contact:

Dr. Lyndon Cooper
Director, Graduate Prosthodontics
UNC School of Dentistry
Phone: (919) 966-2712