Periodontology

Get advanced education in periodontology

As a student in the Indiana University School of Dentistry’s Graduate Periodontology Program, you will:

  • Become competent in all diagnostic, preventive, and treatment procedures currently employed in periodontology and dental implant surgery
  • Gain the didactic knowledge and the diagnostic, treatment, and maintenance skills necessary for successful completion of the American Board of Periodontology examination
  • Complete the requirements for a Master of Science in Dentistry degree and a clinical certificate in periodontology

Upon completion of the three-year program, you’ll be prepared for clinical practice or teaching and/or research positions.

About the Master of Science in Dentistry degree program

The Master of Science in Dentistry (M.S.D.) degree and a clinical certificate are awarded upon completion of required didactic and clinical coursework, oral and written qualifying exams, and a research project culminating in a thesis or journal manuscript. This is a combined degree/certificate program; the school does not offer the option to earn only a clinical certificate

The M.S.D. program starts the first week of July each year; students may not enter the program in the spring semester. If you are an international student, you must arrive on campus at the end of May to complete the English for Academic Purposes placement test.

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Core competencies

If you successfully complete the program, you will be be able to demonstrate competency in these areas.

You will be able to:

  • Diagnose and treat diseases affecting the periodontium
  • Demonstrate competency in a wide variety of surgical techniques used in treatment of periodontal diseases
  • Demonstrate competency in all aspects of surgical placement of dental implants, including implant site development
  • Describe the relationship between material characteristics and clinical performance of dental biomaterials

You will be able to:

  • Draw upon evidence-based research to select and justify appropriate treatment methods and biomaterials
  • Formulate hypotheses and design the necessary experiments for a given procedure or material evaluation scenario.

You will be able to:

  • Present appropriate treatment plans to patients and referring dentists correctly in oral and written reports
  • Provide evidence-based arguments on research findings in oral and written reports
  • Provide patient education and oral hygiene instructions to patients based on clinical findings and current periodontal literature

How to apply

You will use the American Dental Education Association Postdoctoral Application Support Service (ADEA PASS) and the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (the Match) to apply for admission to the program.

The application deadline is August 1 each year.

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Costs and financial aid

M.S.D. students pay an annual flat rate for tuition. The rate varies based on your residency classification (whether you’re considered an in-state or out-of-state student). Other costs include university fees and instrument rental or purchase.

Federal student loans are available to qualified students. A limited number of small scholarships are awarded by academic departments.

Learn more about costs and financial aid