The Division of Orthodontics offers two full-time academic programs:
Combined M.Dent.Sc./Certificate Program (36 months): The combined M.Dent.Sc./Certificate Program is oriented toward preparing the student for substantial involvement in a career in research and teaching. While this academic program emphasizes in-depth research, it includes strong clinical experience. This program leads to a certificate in orthodontics plus an M.Dent.Sc. degree.
Combined Ph.D./Certificate Program (approximately 60 months): The combined Ph.D./Certificate Program is also oriented toward preparing the student for a career in research and teaching. There is an emphasis on in-depth research while still including strong clinical experience. This program leads to a certificate in orthodontics plus a Ph.D. degree. The length of time for this program is subject to each individual’s research progress. Applicants to the Combined Ph.D./Certificate Program must currently be a matriculated Ph.D. student at UConn Health in good standing. In addition, they must have the written permission of their Ph.D. advisor and committee. View more information on the Ph.D. in Biomedical Science program >
The curriculum is “problem oriented” and is developed around a spectrum of courses. Each course consists of a sequence of problems and an organizational format appropriate for their solution. Each course is a result of the interaction of personnel and expertise from clinical and basic science areas.
The clinical portion of these programs include courses such as Growth and Development, Biomechanics I and II, Biology of Tooth Movement, Biostatistics, Functional Oral Anatomy, Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Multidisciplinary Care, Functional Appliances, Developmental Biology, Connective Tissue Biology, Biomaterials, Craniofacial Anomalies, Cephalometrics, Basic Edgewise, Orthodontic Appliances, Practice Management, TMJ Dysfunction, Functional Considerations, Surgical Orthodontics, and Research.
There are unique opportunities for the students to direct their interests into such diverse specialty areas as bone biology, growth and development, clinical orthodontics, orthognathic surgery, biomechanics, biology of tooth movement, muscle physiology, speech, and behavioral science. The Division has a number of well-equipped research laboratories devoted to biomechanics and cell biology as well as access to others in the School of Engineering, the Institute of Material Science, the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Skeletal Development, and the Center for Biomaterials in the Division of Prosthodontics.
All applications will be processed through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) of the American Association of Dental Schools. Information and an application can be obtained by contacting:
1625 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036-2212
Orthodontic Policies and Procedures for Student Admittance
- An application must be submitted to PASS by September 15, 2016 to be considered for the following academic year.
- A supplemental application must be submitted to the following address
by October 3, 2016 to be considered for the following academic
Division of Orthodontics
263 Farmington Avenue, MC 1725
Farmington, CT 06030-1725
- In addition, all applicants are required to register with the National
National Matching Services
20 Holly Street, Suite 301
Toronto, Ontario Canada M4S 3B1
Please include the following items in your supplemental application:
- Completed application form (PDF).
- An application fee of $75 made payable to the UConn Health Center (from U.S. bank or money order, no credit card).
- A Curriculum Vitae (CV).
- 2” x 2” photo.
- Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions. Important: Graduates from non-American Dental Association (ADA) accredited schools must submit original, sealed ECE’s or WES's with their supplemental application.
- Official transcript from the National Dental Board Examination sent directly from the National Boards to the Program Director’s address above. (The School of Dental Medicine Dean reports board scores to PASS. In addition, the National Dental Board must send exam score results directly to the Program Director’s address above.)
- Official TOEFL score for foreign trained dentists. Use TOEFL destination code 3931.
- Optional: GRE examination results. While the GRE’s are optional, it is highly recommend that the exam be taken and scores reported. Use GRE code 3931.
- We do not require the Advanced Den