Postdoctoral M.S. Degree or Certificate Program in Periodontics

Postdoctoral M.S. Degree or Certificate Program in Periodontics

The Postdoctoral Periodontics Program at Columbia began in 1947, and is one of the oldest such university-based dental programs in the world. The full-time, 36-month-long, strongly clinically focused program within the Division of Periodontics prepares licensed dentists to practice the specialty of periodontics, either in private practice or in research. The program includes courses in the theory and practice of periodontics and implantology, as well as in the basic biological and related medical sciences. Students are also given the opportunity to assist in clinical instruction in the predoctoral dental program.

Two parallel tracks are available:

  • A primarily clinical track that leads to a Certificate in Periodontics, and
  • A track that includes a substantial research component and leads to a Masters of Science degree in Periodontics

Both tracks meet the requirements of the American Academy of Periodontology and the American Dental Association

Many of the program’s clinical faculty members—who represent a variety of approaches to clinical problems—are Diplomats of the American Board of Periodontology. The program’s alumni association now includes more than 280 members, including nine Presidents of the American Academy of Periodontology, eight Directors of the American Board of Periodontology, two deans, and several department heads, as well as authors of numerous research projects, peer-reviewed articles, and textbooks.



Admissions Requirements


·         This program does not require the GRE

DDS or DMD degree or foreign equivalent

·         Must have passed Part 1 and Part 2 National Dental Board Examination to apply

·         Advanced Dental Admissions Test (ADAT) is recommended for the 2016 cycle

·         For Foreign trained dentists, a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of at least 100 is required. The institution code for Columbia University College of Dental Medicine is 2094. 

How To Apply

Students must apply to the program through the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS), starting May 18, 2016 via the PASS website. Application deadline is July 1. 

In addition to your application, you must submit the following:

  • Official dental school transcript and diploma.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, including both pre-professional and professional studies.
  • Three letters of recommendation from dental school faculty, including a letter from the Dean of your dental school.

$125 application fee to be submitted by credit card at: PAY HERE

Please send all supporting documentation to:

Alicia Garcia
Postdoctoral Program Coordinator
(212) 305-5259



Some applicants will be chosen for admission interviews, which are required before acceptance.

Additional Admission Requirements for International Applicants

Besides the application requirements described above, international students must provide the following information:

·         Official evaluation of all documents from foreign institutions that are presented as part of the application process is required.  We will accept evaluations from the organizations listed below.  Please address any questions about services directly to the organization.  Evaluations must contain course-by-course assessments.

World Education Services
P.O. Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY
(212) 966-6311

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 92970
Milwaukee, WI 53202-0970
(414) 289-3400

Attending this program in New York does not necessarily allow students without a DDS/DMD from an ADA accredited program to practice dentistry in the US.  For more information about licensing issues, please contact the responsible State Department of Education or the American Dental Association.

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine does not and will not provide a letter certifying that an international student who has completed this program is qualified for a US DDS.

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