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

All applications must be submitted online through Apply Yourself - https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantLogin.asp?id=COL-COD.  Application deadline is October 1st of the year preceding entry (July 1st).  GRE scores, a letter of recommendation from the dental school dean, three letters of recommendation from other dental school faculty, undergraduate college transcripts and dental school transcripts must be submitted along with application.  National Board Scores Part 1 are required for anyone who graduates from an ADA accredited program.  Board scores are preferred but are not required for international students (anyone who graduates from a non-ADA accredited program) but the GRE is required.  The GRE institution code for Columbia University College of Dental Medicine is 2094. All transcripts and scores may be sent directly by the institution, but we will accept them from you if they are in sealed official envelopes.  Board scores included in your Dean's letter are considered official.  Letters of recommendation must be uploaded into the online application program or submitted in sealed official envelopes with the sender’s signature across the flap. Students must also apply to the National Matching Program - https://www.natmatch.com/dentres/.  

The address to use for sending all documentation is-

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

The program is highly competitive and some applicants will be chosen for admission interviews, which are required before acceptance.  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.

Besides the application requirements described above, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine requires 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 (http://www.ets.org).  The institution code for Columbia University College of Dental Medicine is 2094.  In addition, an 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
www.wes.org

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

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 (http://www.ada.org/490.aspx). 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.   If a US DDS degree is desired, the Advanced Standing program at present is a 2 ½ year commitment in the DDS program in our school.  This is a link to that program - http://dental.columbia.edu/page/advanced-standing-non-us-trained-doctors

Contact for more information:

Orthodontics Administrator Mary Casey mcm2146@cumc.columbia.edu 212-305-2425