Orthodontics Graduate Program


Program Director:  Dr. Katherine Kula
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 basis program covers 24 calendar months.  Classes begin 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 Master's degree is awarded upon complete of the required didactic and clinical competency program and a research project, including successful defense of a thesis or manuscript.  This is a degree program; 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.

The program in graduate instruction 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.

MSD (Master of Science in Dentistry) degree is conferred upon the satisfactory completion of the requirements 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:

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 application deadline is September 2, 2014.

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.

Three ETS Personal Potential Index (PPI) Evaluations:   Three ETS Personal Potential Index (ETS PPI) evaluations are required.   All applicants must enter evaluator contact information using the ETS PPI dedicated 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.  Pass/Fail grades are acceptable only if the transcript is accompanied by a letter which explains how well the applicant performed in the course or program.  Official transcripts and a certified English translation for each school attended should be sent directly to PASS.   International applicants are required to submit an educational credential evaluators (ECE) course-by-course evaluation report directly to PASS.

Current CV

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

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

International Applicants:

  • Official National Board Scores (not requried for admission)
  • Official Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores.  To register for the GRE general test, please visit the GRE website.   Applicants are required to complete the GRE by July 1, 2014.  Information for submitted GRE:  Institution:  Indiana University Purdue University - Indianapolis (IUPUI) (code 1325)
  • Official transcripts, including work already completed and work currently in progress.  The records should show a complete list of courses taken, grades received and any diplomas or certificates earned. 
  • 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 - this form needs to be filled out and completed by your dental school.
  • If English is not your native language, you must demonstrate proficiency in English before you are admitted.  TOEFL scores of 550+ (paper version/PBT), or a minimum score of 79+ (internet based version/iBT) is required.  IUPUI's school code for the TOEFL is 1325. A grade of 6.5 or higher on the Cambridge International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also acceptable. 
  • A completed Financial Support Agreement Form from each sponsor and all required supporting documentation.

 US Applicants:

  • Official Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores.  To register for the GRE general test, please visit the GRE website.  Applicants must complete the GRE by July 15, 2014.  Information for submitted GRE:  Institution:  Indiana University Purdue University - Indianapolis (IUPUI) (code 1325).
  • Certificate of Disciplinary History Form

 Minimum Requirements:  Minimum DDS/DMD GPA must be 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Selection of Candidates:  Selections, based on submitted credentials and personal interviews, are on a competitive basis.

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 are available in the IUSD Academic Bulletin.

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