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Postdoctoral Program Admission

In general, the Postdoctoral Periodontal Program at The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Dentistry admits four students each year. Applications are accepted from May through August for admission the following academic year. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

Following application, candidates are selected and invited for an interview. An interview is mandatory in order to be considered for acceptance. Interview dates (typically in early to middle August) are fixed. Interviewees meet with all available full-time faculty and current postdoctoral students to receive all pertinent information about the program, its attributes and problems, as well as to be further evaluated personally as to their candidacy.

Following the interview process, applicants are ranked for acceptance and notified on a rolling admission basis. Acceptance letters to each successful applicant inform and contain the specifics of the program, to include that the program is a combined advanced degree/certificate program, financial costs (e.g., clinical equipment, books, copy services, licenses, dues, etc.), and expectations. A formal letter of understanding and acceptance into the program is required from each successful applicant.

Application Requirements

  • All applicants must submit the following:
    - Online application (plus required application fee)
    - Dental school transcripts (Official documents)
    - Curriculum vitae
    - Statement of intent
    - Three recommendation letters (each accompanied by a completed OSU Graduate School Reference Form); at least one of the three letters must be from a periodontal faculty or practicing periodontist.
    - Dean’s letter (accompanied by a completed Dean’s Response Form)
  • U.S. and Canadian trained dentists (or dental students) must also submit:
    - Undergraduate transcripts (Official documents)
    - National Board Examination Scores, part I & II (dental students: part I)
  • Foreign trained dentists must also submit:
    - Undergraduate transcripts (Official documents), if applicable, or High School transcripts (Official documents)
    - TOEFL official results (minimum acceptable score: 595 paper, 100 internet) or IELTS official results (minimum acceptable score: 7.5)
    - Official translation of all foreign language documents (e.g., transcripts)
  • International applicants (Defined as: Not US citizens, permanent residents, refugees, or political asylees), must also submit:
    - Financial documentation

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