35-month M.S./certificate programLOGO Orthogators

This program is designed to educate dentists to become leaders of the orthodontic profession and is committed to developing the following qualities in the students: ethics, integrity, scholarship, open-mindedness, sound judgment, the ability to communicate and to relate to patients, and manual ability to provide treatment.

This is a 35-month program leading to a Certificate in Orthodontics and a Master of Science in Dental Sciences with specialization in orthodontics. This is a highly competitive program receiving many applicants each year.

A stipend is available. Tuition is required.

Application Process

Monday, September 3, 2018 is the deadline to apply to this program.

We strongly encourage all applicants to have complete applications on file with PASS and UFCD prior to the deadline.

1. Apply to PASS

All program applicants must apply through PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service), which is sponsored by the American Association of Dental Schools (www.adea.org⤷). PASS is an application clearinghouse that provides uniform information to participating programs while relieving applicants of the burden of completing multiple individual applications. The PASS website opens for application in late spring/early summer. Participation in the PASS program is mandatory. We advise applicants to apply as early as possible.

For an application and instructions, please contact:

Email passinfo@passweb.org
Phone (617)612-2065

Additional documentation to forward to PASS:

  • Personal statement
  • Four Professional Evaluation Forms (PEF)
    Please note, that an Institution Evaluation Form (IEF) does not equal a PEF.

2. Register for the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program

All program applicants must register with the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program⤷.

National Matching Services
20 Holly Street, Suite 301
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M4S 3B1
Email: dentres@natmatch.com

3. Apply directly to the University of Florida Graduate School

Complete the Graduate Application⤷.

  • Select the “Graduate” option (do NOT select “Professional”).
  • Mark “Masters” and “Summer B 2019″ for the term.
  • The UF Graduate Application requires a non-refundable $37 fee. Instructions about how to submit payment are included at the end of the application.
  • Once you have submitted your payment, you will be given an 8-digit UFID number.
  • After you submit your PASS Application, you may email (GradAdmissions@dental.ufl.edu) your UFID to our office to reduce processing time.

4. Send the following materials to UF College of Dentistry

Dr. Pamela Sandow
University of Florida College of Dentistry/Orthodontics
P.O. Box 100402
1395 Center Drive, D3-5
Gainesville FL 32610-0402

  • Undergraduate school transcripts (from all undergraduate institutions attended)
    • Original official undergraduate transcripts in an envelope sealed by the institution are required by time of interview.
      Unofficial undergraduate transcripts are sufficient at time of application.
      Did you attend the University of Florida? If yes, we might be able to get your transcripts for you. Please contact GradAdmissions@dental.ufl.edu.
  • National Boards Part I and II score report
    • An official NBDE score report is required by time of interview. (Official electronic NBDE score reports must be sent to GradAdmissions@dental.ufl.edu)
      An unofficial NBDE score report is sufficient at time of application.
      *Internationally-Educated Dentists are required to submit additional documentation. Click here to review the list of additional requirements.Scores must be reported directly to UFCD.
    • Request your scores from:
      Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations
      211 East Chicago Ave., #1846
      Chicago, IL 60611
      800-621-8099 ext 465
  • Official Graduate Record Examination⤷ scores.
    • Institutional code: 5812
      Department name: Dentistry and Oral Sciences
      Department code: 0604
      GRE scores expire after 5 years. For the 2019 Application Cycle, GRE scores must be from February 8, 2014 or later.
  • Additional Requirement for applicants from Puerto Rico: Official TOEFL Scores
    • Applicants who attended dental school in Puerto Rico are required to submit Official TOEFL scores.
      A minimum TOEFL score of 80 (Internet-Based version) or 550 (paper-based) is required.
      The UF College of Dentistry code is 8612.
      Please note that TOEFL scores expire after 2 years. For the 2019 Application Cycle, TOEFL scores must be dated February 8, 2017 or later.
  • No ADAT required

5. Additional Requirements for Internationally-Educated Dentists

In addition to completing the application requirements listed above, Internationally-Educated Dentists are required to submit additional documentation in order to be eligible for admission.  Click here to review the list of additional requirements.

Application Status Updates

  • The Office of Admissions will work hard to process your complete PASS application in a timely manner. Please be aware that it can take up to four weeks.
  • Within two weeks of receiving your complete PASS application, the Office of Admissions will send you a confirmation via email.
  • After processing your complete PASS application, which can take an additional two weeks, the Office of Admissions will send you an email outlining your current application status and any remaining actions you need to take in order to complete your application.
  • Complete applications will be forwarded to the program director on a rolling basis.
  • Applicants with incomplete applications will not be eligible for admission.

Interview Procedure

  • Selected candidates are required to participate in an interview at the College of Dentistry in Gainesville, Florida.
  • Interviews for the Orthodontics Program will be conducted on October 22nd and 23rd.

At time of interview, the following documents must be on file with the University of Florida College of Dentistry Office of Admissions:

  • Original official undergraduate transcripts in an envelope sealed by the institution.
  • Official electronic NBDE score reports sent to GradAdmissions@dental.ufl.edu.
  • Original official graduate school transcripts (if applicable) in an envelope sealed by the institution.