Master's in Orthodontics

Hands-on experience led by dental health experts

As Wisconsin’s only dental school, we offer you the most advanced clinical resources and instructional technology available. Every step you take in our program will be guided by faculty and practicing professionals who uphold Marquette’s vision: to train highly skilled oral health care practitioners to bring top-quality dental care to urban and rural communities across the country — and around the world. We’ll prepare you to enter practice immediately upon graduation.

About the orthodontics master's Program

The Orthodontics master's program is a 26.5-month program. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of course work, including appropriate credit hours in clinical practice per academic year and six credit hours of thesis work. The remaining credits are divided among courses specific to the specialty discipline and elective courses.

Satisfactory completion of the didactic and clinical components of the program results in specialty certification through the Marquette University Graduate School.

Satisfactory completion of the research component of the programs results in a master’s degree through the Marquette University Graduate School.

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Graduate Program Recruiter

Jordan L. Mason

phone: (414) 288-0327


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Application Deadline

September 1 for Orthodontics program starting in June of the following year.

Application Requirements

Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.

  • A completed Marquette University application form and fee online. Applicants must apply through Marquette, or they are not considered for admission.
  • Transcripts:
    • If coursework was completed within the United States, submit copies of all current and previous college/universities except Marquette1
    • If coursework was completed outside of the United States, a transcript evaluation is required. A copy of a course-by-course evaluation is approved for the application process.2
    • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette. International applicants must have course grades converted to numerical values of 4.000, 3.000, 2.000, and 1.000 or to corresponding letter grades of A, B, C, and D, respectively. Where such a conversion is not possible, an explanation of the grading system used in the foreign dental school and undergraduate institution should accompany the official English translation of the grade transcripts.
    • Undergraduate and dental school grade-point averages, and class rank in dental school. If class rank is not listed on the official transcript, a dean's letter may be submitted to or as an additional reference through the online application.
  • Three letters of recommendation reflecting the applicant’s clinical and academic abilities.
  • Scores from the National Board Dental Examinations, Part I and Part II OR the Integrated National Board Dental Examination. Not required from graduates of non-U.S./non-Canadian dental schools. Official scores should be sent to
  • A curriculum vitae and a personal statement.
  • GRE scores (General Test only)
  • Registration with National Matching Service. The Orthodontics program is part of the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. Details of this program can be obtained through the Orthodontics Department.
  • For international applicants only: a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.

1Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

2Upon admission, an official course-by-course transcript/academic record evaluation must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

Private scholarships may be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses.