Orthodontics Graduate Program

Program Director:  Dr. Kelton Stewart
Director, Graduate Orthodontics
Department of Orthodontics and Oral Facial Genetics
Indiana University School of Dentistry
1121 West Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN  46202

Program Information

The orthodontic program covers 24 calendar months with classes beginning in July and end in July of the second year.  If requirements are not completed it is necessary to remain as an officially registered student until completion of the requirements.

A Certificate in Orthodontics is awarded upon successful completion of all required didactic and clinical program requirements.  This is a combined certificate and degree; there is no option for a clinical certificate only.

All students are required to purchase a laptop computer.  Information on purchase of the computer will be sent upon acceptance to the program.

This graduate program is offered for the dentist wishing to specialize in the field of orthodontics.  The primary objectives of the courses are:

  • To develop an appreciation of optimal occlusion in the broadest sense with special considerations given to function, stability, and esthetics.

  • To gain a thorough knowledge of the dento-facial complex with reference to anatomical structure, variation and growth and development, and their demonstration by analytic methods.

  • To develop an awareness of soft and hard tissue changes during growth and repair, and understand the response of these tissues to local and systemic influences including mechanical therapy.

  • To acquire an understanding of the principles and materials involved in the bio-mechanics of treatment and proficiency in the techniques involved.

  • To view current graduate manual, click here

MSD (Master of Science in Dentistry) degree is conferred upon the satisfactory completion of a research project, including successful defense of a thesis or manuscript and a minimum residency of 24 months.  Minimum School of Dentistry requirements for the MSD degree include 30 hours of didactic and clinical coursework.  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 objectives.  A total of 6 hours must be in research; additional research credit cannot be used toward fulfillment of requirements for the degree.

Application Process:  

Application Checklist

IUSD participates in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) sponsored by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).  It is the responsibility of the applicant to insure that materials are submitted in a timely manner.  Applications that are incomplete will not be considered.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early.   The 2018 PASS application will be available in May 2017.   The application deadline is August 1, 2017.

Orthodontic applicants must also obtain a MATCH number.  PASS applicants seeking postdoctoral positions that utilize the Dental Match will be able to register for both services within the PASS application portal. 

The following should be sent directly to PASS:

Class ranking or standing:  Class ranking or standing is mandatory for all applicants except those from Un-Graded programs.  We will accept class rankings and GPA recorded on the ADEA PASS Institutional Evaluation (ADEA IEF) form. We will also accept class ranking which are recorded on the dental transcript or a letter directly from your Dental Dean's Office.   NBDE scores should also be recorded on this evaluation form.

ADAT scores:  The Advanced Dental Admissions Test (ADAT), is an admissions test to provide information to advanced dental education programs about applicants' potential for success.  The ADAT was developed by the ADA as a means to aid programs in selecting the best qualified applicants.  Official ADAT scores should be submitted directly to PASS.   The ADAT is not required for admission, however, the scores will be reviewed by the admissions committee.

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

Official transcripts:   An official dental school transcript, which shows courses taken and grades received, is required.  Official transcripts and a certified English translation for each school attended should be sent directly to PASS.   

Applicants must submit an original ECE "course-by-course" evaluation of foreign dental school report supporting their dental degree directly from Education Credential Evaluators, Inc (www.ece.org) to PASS.  

Current CV

The following supplemental materials should be sent to the Office of Graduate Education:

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

International Applicants:

  • Official National Board Scores (not required for admission)
  • Official Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores.  To register for the GRE general test, please visit the GRE website.   Applicants for the entering class of 2018 are encouraged to complete the GRE by July 1, 2017.  Information for submitted GRE:  Institution Code R1325:  Indiana University Purdue University - Indianapolis (IUPUI).
  • Certificate of Disciplinary History Form - this form needs to be filled out and completed by your dental school.
  • 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. 
  • 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 Office of International Affairs.
  • If accepted to the program, submission of original diploma and transcripts, translated by an accredited US translator, is required.   These documents need to be submitted to the IUPUI's Office of International Affairs (OIA).

 US Applicants:

  • Official Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores.  To register for the GRE general test, please visit the GRE website.  Applicants for the entering class of 2018 are encouraged to complete the GRE by July 1, 2017.  Information for submitted GRE:  Institution Code R1325:  Indiana University Purdue University - Indianapolis (IUPUI).
Suggested GRE study guide:    How to Study for the GRE: Example Questions, Resources, and Study Hacks

Minimum Requirements
:  Strong consideration will be given to applicants with a minimum DDS/DMD GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Selection of Candidates:  Residency position selections are on a competitive basis and are based on submitted credentials and personal interviews.

Status of Application:  Applicants will receive email notification of receipt of their PASS application.  The Committee will not review incomplete files; therefore, it is up to the applicant to verify completion of his/her file.  Once the application has been reviewed, selected candidates will be contacted by the Committee concerning a personal interview.

Indiana Residency Status for fee paying 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 program.  Attending Indiana University School of Dentistry for one year does not entitle you to resident tuition if you are not originally from Indiana.

Additional information on the requirements for the MSD programs, as well as MSD course descriptions is available in the IUSD Graduate Handbook.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Graduate Education at:   ds-grad@iupui.edu