Graduate Endodontic Program

Program Director:  Dr. Kenneth Spolnik
Graduate Endodontic Program
Indiana University School of Dentistry
1121 W Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 274-7280

Program Information

Classes begin the first week of July and end June 30 of the second year.  The student must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 while enrolled in this 24 month program.  

All candidates are expected to complete the requirements for the Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD) degree, which includes conducting an original research project and submitting and defending an acceptable thesis.

Minimum requirements for the MSD degree include 30 hours of coursework, of which 18 hours must be devoted to didactic work.  A minimum of 6 hours must be earned toward an approved minor subject outside the major concentration.  Other elective subjects may be selected based on the student's educational objective.  A total of 6 hours must be in research, additional research credit cannot be used toward fulfillment of the degree.

Admissions Criteria

Graduates holding a dental degree (DDS, DMD) from an accredited US or Canadian dental school and graduates of international dental schools who possess an equivalent educational background and standing are eligible to apply.

Applicants must have completed a one-year GPR or AEGD or have private practice experience.

Our admission policy is designed to identify students with integrity, motivation, and resourcefulness who also have the fundamental knowledge required for undertaking a rigorous specialty curriculum. The nondiscriminatory selection of students is divided into three phases.

  • Initial screening is made by the Director of Admissions Committee using the following criteria:
    • Predoctoral record
      • grades
      • class standing
    • National Board Scores Part I and II  (required for all applicants).
    • Experience beyond predoctoral education
    • Letters of recommendation
  • Qualified applicants are invited for a mandatory interview, during which the student’s professional and personal goals and interests are further evaluated.
  • Final selection is made by the Selection Committee and all applicants are notified by the Associate Dean of Graduate Education, of his/her status. Every effort is made to complete the process by November 1.

NOTE:  The ADAT is not required for admission.

Application Information

All applicants to the endodontics program must participate in PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service) which is a centralized application service of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).    The application deadline is August 1, 2018. 

The following must be sent directly to PASS:

Professional Evaluation Forms:    Three Professional Evaluation Forms are required.   All applicants must enter evaluator contact information using the Professional Evaluation dedicated link in the ADEA PASS application in order to have the form delivered electronically to each evaluator.  Evaluations should be from faculty members or private practioners (in that order). An ADEA PASS Institution Evaluation Form (ADEA IEF) is also required from the Dean (or his/her representative) of your dental school. 

Official dental transcripts

Current CV

International applicants must submit dental school transcripts to one of the evaluation services. ADEA PASS will accept World Education Services or Education Credential Evaluators .

Applicants must also submit supplemental items directly to the IUSD Office of Graduate Education:

Indiana University School of Dentistry
Office of Graduate Education
1121 W Michigan Street, Room 280B
Indianapolis, IN  46202

US Applicants:

Certificate of Disciplinary History Form

Official dental transcripts

2 x 2 photograph

Official National Dental Board Examination Scores - Part I and Part II are required for admission.   The ADA only provides electronic results.  Applicants must complete an online request which requires a dental school contact email address (, institutional name (Indiana University School of Dentistry) and contact information (Coordinator of Grad Education).

Official DAT scores

 International Applicants:

Official transcript and diploma.  The transcript and diploma need to be submitted in a sealed envelope.  If the original documents are not in English, a verified translation must be sent with your official transcripts in your native language.

Certificate of Disciplinary History Form

All applicants must be proficient in the English language. Only applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL. Applicants must submit an original score report of the TOEFL examination (IBT format) earned within the past two (2) years. This report should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to the Program (institution code 1325). A score of 79 or above on the internet-based format of the TOEFL examination is required.   A grade of 6.5 or higher on the Cambridge International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also acceptable. 

2 x 2 photograph

Official National Dental Board Examination Scores - Part I and Part II are required for admission.   The ADA only provides electronic results.  Applicants must complete an online request which requires a dental school contact email address (, institutional name (Indiana University School of Dentistry) and contact information (Coordinator of Grad Education).   

If admitted to the program, a completed Financial Support Agreement Form from each sponsor and all required supporting documentation will need to be sent to the IUPUI International Affairs Office.

 Status of Application

Applicants will receive notification of receipt of their application.  The Committee will not review incomplete files; therefore, it is up to the applicant to verify status of his/her file.  Completed applications will be reviewed and candidates will be selected and invited for an interview.   Following the interview process, acceptance letters and contracts will be sent to each successful applicant. 

Rules Determining Resident and Nonresident Student Status for Indiana University Fee Purposes

With very few exceptions, if you enter Indiana University School of Dentistry as a non-resident, you will remain a non-resident (for fee-paying purposes) throughout your postgraduate education.  Attending Indiana University School of Dentistry for one year does not entitle you to resident tuition if you are not from Indiana.

Applicants who have further questions about the objectives, faculty, staff, facilities or curriculum are encouraged to contact Dr. Spolnik.  If you have questions concerning the application process, please contact Barb Lerner, Coordinator of Graduate Education at