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
Prospective postdoctoral students seeking admissions for the entering 2017 class will be able to submit an application in April of this year. Please revisit us then for further instructions.

Applicants must have a DDS/DMD or equivalent dental degree (LDS, BDS, etc.). This program does not require the GRE. In addition to your application, you must submit the following:

  • Official National Board Part I scores from the National Board of Dental Examiners (US and Canadian applicants only).  Applicants shall have passed the National Board Part I, and if possible, Part II.
  • Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores are required for those applicants whose native language is not English.
  • Official dental school transcript and diploma.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, including both pre-professional and professional studies.
  • Course-by-course evaluation of dental degree records from Educational Credentials Evaluators (ECE) is required from non-US/non-Canadian applicants.
  • Three letters of recommendation from dental school faculty, including a letter from the Dean of your dental school.

Some applicants will be chosen for admission interviews, which are required before acceptance.
Please send all supporting documentation to:


College of Dental Medicine
Postdoctoral Admissions & Student Affairs (Perio)
630 West 168th Street
P&S Box 20
New York, NY 10032

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