Academic Programs

Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Program


Program Director
Dr. Jessica Lee

Phone: (919) 537-3955


Location: 231 Brauer Hall

Pediatric Dentistry Graduate Program
UNC School of Dentistry
Campus Box #7450
Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599-7450

Jessica Lee

Program Director: Dr. Jessica Lee

The Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers a three-year graduate program, which provides both a certificate and a degree conferred by the University. The most popular degree options are the Master of Science in Dentistry, the Master of Public Health and the PhD. There is no certificate only option at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The program is approved and accredited by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association.

Three to four students are selected each January, using the Pediatric Dentistry National Matching Service Program, for the class beginning the following July. Upon completion of all requirements, graduates are eligible for examination and certification by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. This program has an established record of combined curricula with other disciplines in public health and the basic sciences. Dual or combined programs can be structured to accommodate a non-dental master’s degree, a postdoctoral fellowship, an individual dental scientist award or a doctoral degree. Approximately one in four students pursues some variety of a special combined program.

Application Deadline

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 September 16 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 the MATCH process is completed.

The program application deadline varies slightly from year to year. Please contact Dr. Lee for current date.   But, this usually requires that all PASS application materials be on file with PASS by approximately September 3.



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

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

A personal interview is required and interviews are by invitation of the department after reviewing applicants’ records. Once a student has matched to our program through the Match program the student must apply to the UNC Graduate School. Instructions for application to the Graduate School are available at


For International Students:

International students are required to take the TOEFL exam to demonstrate English proficiency. A minimum total score of 550 is required with a minimum score of 50 in each section. 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, applicants 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. Applicants should take the test no later than May to ensure that scores arrive by the application deadline.


Admissions Requirements

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.


University of North Carolina Graduate School Application

The Graduate Pediatric Dentistry Program is a dual certificate and master’s degree program. Students must apply to the UNC Graduate School for acceptance into a master’s program. If the desired degree is a MS in pediatric dentistry, application for admission should be made online

As part of the UNC Graduate School application, applicants must upload their curriculum vitae and submit three letters of recommendation. National Dental Board Scores should be uploaded as Supplement Number 1. A statement of professional and research interests outlining motivations, experience, and professional goals should be uploaded under Statement of Purpose. (International applicants are not required to submit NDBS but should if available.) Applicants must also upload unofficial transcripts. Official transcripts should not be sent to the department or the UNC Graduate School until requested to do so.

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

The application fee must be paid in U.S. funds or international money order. This fee cannot be waived. Applications that arrive without the required fee will remain on file and 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.


International Students

When requested to do so by the UNC 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 certificate of the degree award.

International applicants seeking admission must complete and upload an international student data form and financial certification worksheet. Applicants must complete the required forms and documentation under “International Dental Graduate Applicants 2015.” The forms and instructions are available within the ‘International Applicants Only’ page. Financial Certificate documentation may be submitted at any time during the application process or may be uploaded once admittance notification is received. 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 American Dental Association accredited dental school must complete a simulation exam as part of their North Carolina 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.