Graduate Education

Programs in Orthodontic Graduate Education

Master's Program
In conjunction with a student's education leading to a Certificate of Specialization in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, a program is available to complete the requirements for a M.S. degree.

Graduate Programs
The thesis program consists of expanded course-work, the conduct of an approved research project, and the submission of a formal thesis. The thesis program usually requires a minimum of 30 months to complete.

The M.S. degree program is administrated by the Graduate College and is not related to the Certificate Program; there is no clinical component, and extra course work may be required depending on the student's area of study. If interested in being admitted to the Graduate College, it is important to make a formal application as soon as possible after acceptance into the Postgraduate Program is confirmed (See Application Process). Extra time may be needed to meet the requirements of the M.S. degree.

Ph.D. Program
A program may be designed that combines a Certificate and a Ph.D. through the Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area in one of the participating departments, such as Oral Biology. This program is structured for an individual planning on a full-time career in academics and research.

Application Process
Prospective students begin by sending an application to the College of Dentistry Certificate Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. After matching and acceptance by the student into the postgraduate certificate program, an application to the Graduate College for the M.S. or Ph.D. program must be completed by the student who wishes to take the graduate degree program concurrently.

Applicants seeking a graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) must also meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College and the MSIA Program. The UNMC Graduate Studies Bulletin is available at this web address: It is no longer accessible in paper form.