Postdoctoral M.S. Degree in Orthodontics

Postdoctoral M.S. Degree in Orthodontics

Program Director

Jing Chen, DDS, PhD

The 36-month Postdoctoral Program in Orthodontics provides intensive advanced training in specialized biological and clinical sciences, and is designed to satisfy all requirements for American Board of Orthodontics certification. Its combination of clinical experience, lectures, seminars, and extensive laboratory coursework is integrated with treatment of various kinds of malocclusions. Upon successful completion, a Master of Science degree is awarded.

Techniques practiced include:

  • The fundamental edgewise and Tip-Edge treatment
  • Modifications of basic edgewise mechanotherapy
  • Differential force straight wire technique

Interdisciplinary programs include:

  • Rotations in the multidisciplinary temporomandibular dysfunction clinic
  • Conference and clinical sessions for patients requiring combined orthodontic treatment and orthognathic surgery
  • Conferences and seminars regarding cleft palate/craniofacial work, adult orthodontics and the periodontally compromised patient

Students must research, submit, and defend a written thesis. They are also required to present records of completed patients according to A.B.O. guidelines, in a mock A.B.O. examination setting.

Admission Requirements

The program is highly competitive and an admission interview is required before acceptance.  The interview is by invitation only.  We expect to accept 7 students.  Upon successful completion of the 36-month program, a Master of Science degree is awarded.  The program is designed to satisfy all requirements for American Board of Orthodontics certification.  The program is both didactic and clinical, with a great deal of clinical experience.

All applications must be submitted online through Apply Yourself -  The Application deadline is October 1st of the year preceding entry (July 1st).  Documentation that cannot be uploaded into Apply Yourself must be sent to the below address.  Applicants must meet the below requirements and provide all required documentation to be considered for admission.

1.     DDS/DMD degree or foreign equivalent.

2.     GRE scores are required for all applicants, including international students.  The GRE institution code for Columbia University College of Dental Medicine is 2094.

3.     Letter of recommendation from the dental school dean, preferably submitted through Apply Yourself. Otherwise, the letter must be submitted in a sealed official envelope with the sender’s signature across the flap.

4.     Three letters of recommendation from other dental school faculty, preferably submitted through Apply Yourself.  Otherwise, letters must be submitted in sealed official envelopes with the sender’s signature across the flap.

5.     Official undergraduate college transcript(s) from all institutions attended.

6.     Official dental school transcript.

7.     National Board Scores Part 1 - required for anyone who graduates from an ADA accredited program.  Board results included in your Dean's letter are considered official.  National Board Scores Part 1 are preferred but are not required for international students (anyone who graduates from a non-ADA accredited program).

8.     Applicants must apply to the National Matching Program - and provide the Match Number.

Additional Admission Requirements for International Applicants

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

9.     TOEFL scores for students whose native language is not English and who have not previously attended school at the university level in the US or other country where English is the primary language (  The institution code for Columbia University College of Dental Medicine is 2094.  Please note that the application system may prompt you for TOEFL scores even if the requirement is not application (for example, English is your native language.)  Please contact us for information if this applies to you.

10.  The application system will prompt you to provide financial documentation.  Please indicate that such documentation would be provided should you be accepted into the program.

11.   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 an orthodontic 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 the Masters of Science in Orthodontics is qualified for a US DDS. Upon successful completion of the program, a Master of Science degree is awarded.  The program is designed to satisfy all requirements for American Board of Orthodontics certification.  

You will get an email within several weeks of submitting your online application advising you of the completeness of your file.  Please allow ample time to request documentation to be sent to us, such as transcripts, GRE results, etc.

Contact for more information:

Jacqueline Melendez

The address to use for sending all documentation is -

Orthodontics Program Director: Jing Chen, DDS, PhD
College of Dental Medicine
630 West 168th Street
P&S Box 20, VC9-219
New York, NY 10032
Tel: 212 305 2425