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Advanced Education

Our Specialties


We offer three types of programs which are designed for dentists who wish to pursue advanced education.


The Graduate program leads to a master of science in dentistry degree and a certificate in a specialty area of dentistry. The curriculum in the graduate programs varies between programs and is based on discipline-specific requirements. Programs are designed to meet the eligibility requirements for examination by the particular American Specialty Board and accreditation standards of the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The following clinical specialties are offered: Endodontics, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics.


The postgraduate program leads to a certificate in general dentistry or a specialty area and an optional master of science in dentistry degree consisting primarily of basic science courses, clinical science courses and seminars, and a clinical program designed to meet eligibility requirements for examination by the particular American Specialty Board and accreditation standards of the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The following specialties are offered: Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD), General Practice Residency (GPR), Pediatric Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Orthodontics.


The Residency program leads to a certificate and consist primarily of basic science courses, clinical science courses and a clinical program designed to meet eligibility requirements for examination by the particular American Specialty Board and accreditation standards of the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The specialty program offered is in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Four-year certificate and six-year combined MD/certificate Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery programs are included.


Program descriptions and admission requirements may be found on this website under each of the specialty program links, under the Deadlines/Requirements tab, and also at ADEA using the PASS Program Search Engine.

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Acceptance Considerations

Generally, applicants for advanced education programs are considered on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Completed application
  • Grade-point average
  • Class standing
  • Transcript/pattern of academic achievement
  • National board scores
  • Experience and training
  • Recommendations
  • Specific program requirements
  • Personal interview (when requested by the department)

Other specific information may be requested directly by the program director.


The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) aptitude test is only a requirement for the Orthodontic program.


Applicants who are nationals of countries where English is not the primary language are required to submit scores from the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Accepted Students

  • General Information

    Letter of Intent

    Print and sign the letter of intent, which was emailed to you with your acceptance letter. Mail it to:

    Office of Student and Alumni Affairs
    School of Dentistry
    7500 Cambridge Street, Suite 4120
    Houston, TX 77054

  • Immunizations

    Beginning late March our Registrar's Office will begin emailing your User ID and Password to access MyUTH (Student System). You will need this User ID and Password for the link below.

    In order for UTHealth incoming students to register you must provide verification of immunizations before classes start in August. Beginning in January 2015, we will require all immunizations to be entered through our new online database. Once this form is submitted, Student Health Services will verify and release your immunization hold so you can complete registration.

    The form may be found at or download the Immunization Record Form.

    Helpful Tips:

    • Only load your immunization records into the online database once they are 100% complete. The system will only allow one upload. Any updates after this upload must be faxed into UTHealth which can extend the processing time.
    • We encourage students to complete this upload of records into the online database in May to allow plenty of time for UTHealth to evaluate and process records in order to release your registration hold.
  • Insurance

    Texas Education Code Section 51.961 authorizes a governing board to require health insurance of students enrolled in health institutions. The University of Texas System, Board of Regents voted November 8, 2001, to include this requirement beginning with the 2002 - 2003 Academic Year.

    Students are automatically assessed an insurance charge to their student fee bill for Mega Life Health Insurance. To waive this fee you are required to show proof of current health insurance coverage through another provider by completing the information below before the twelfth day of class for the Fall/Spring semester and the fourth day of class for the Summer semester of every academic year. Failure to provide this information before the deadline will result in forfeiting your option to waive the health insurance coverage and associated fee. Please note that it is not necessary to submit the waiver every semester, as after submitting the waiver in the fall and/or spring semester, the insurance fee will be removed from your bill for the remaining academic year. Please do not complete this form if you are purchasing Mega Life Health Insurance as assessed on your student fee bill.

    For further instructions on accessing myUTH to submit your proof of insurance or confirm participation in Academic HealthPlans, please review the Insurance Certification Instructions.

  • Criminal Background Check

    Complete the required Criminal Background Check by June 1. Please review the Policy before following the steps below.

    Directions for Student Criminal Background Check

    Go to Pre-Check and click on "Apply Here." Once you enter the application, please complete the following steps:

    • Fill in your contact information. The application is based on your e-mail address so if you need to apply again for another background check, you will need to use a different e-mail address.
    • Pay the $44 fee via PayPal to or by credit card. Make sure you write down your transaction number.
      • If you are using someone else’s PayPal account or credit card, please add a note to your payment or e-mail Shannan Tighe with your name and the name you paid under.
    • Click “yes” if you paid and then Submit Now. Your background check will not be started until payment is received!
    • Read through the Student Qualify Information section and provide your Transaction Number from your payment. Click Submit Now.
    • Read through the release and then click Next Section.
    • Provide your Identity Information.
      • You do not need to provide a driver’s license number or issue state.
      • If you do not have a middle initial, fill the space with a period.
      • If you do not have a Social Security Number, fill in 000-00-0000.
    • Click Next Section.
    • Complete the Current Residence Section.
    • Click Next Section.
    • Complete the Previous Address Section.
      • If you do not have a prior address, you can leave this section blank.
    • Click Next Section.
    • Complete ALL of the Criminal Record Information.
    • Click Next Section.
    • Electronically sign the Student Release for Background Investigation.
    • Click Submit Now.
    • Complete the Non-United States Residency form.
      • Please note: It is not assumed that you are, and have been, a resident of the U.S. for at least 6 months. All applicants are required to complete this form before your background check can be accepted.
    • You will receive an e-mail when your background check has been accepted. If there is a problem, The Pre-Check Company will contact you. Your background check will be processed within 3 business days. Please do not contact The Pre-Check Company for the status of your background check. The completed background check will be sent directly to the school, you will not receive notification when it is completed.
      • Please note: International students and students with criminal activity will take longer to process. Please allow enough time for these to be completed before your deadline date. Additional fees may apply and will be requested once your application and initial payment of $44 is received.
    • If you have any questions, please e-mail Shannan Tighe.
    • Please do NOT call The Pre-Check Company.