Periodontics Master's Program

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.

Patient-centered, student-focused

Our program blends the knowledge and skills of basic, clinical and behavioral sciences to prepare our student as competent, contemporary dentists. You’ll be immersed in a model of education that mimics dental practice.You’ll be challenged in a different way — to prepare you for what life will be like post-graduation. Our faculty and staff will help you manage the demands of this rigorous academic program (and have some fun, too).

Train in four areas 

The Advanced Education in Periodontics program is a 36-month program that provides a Master’s and a Certificate in Periodontics. The program provides training in four areas: didactic, clinical, research and teaching and is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. It also fulfills requirements for eligibility to the American Board of Periodontology.





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Certificate and M.S. Program Details


2 residents per year; 6 residents total

Program duration

36 months; the periodontics program requires three full years of direct patient care. 

Tuition and fees

Stipend: (2019-2020)

$1,000/week of on-call service as tuition discount

Accredited credit hours:

Residents must complete a minimum of 50 credit hours of course work, including 12 credit hours of clinical practice and six credit hours of thesis work.

The remaining credits will be from courses assigned by the course director which are specific to Periodontology.

  • 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 program results in a master’s degree through the Marquette University Graduate School. 

Eligibility to Board and Accreditation

Eligibility to the American Board of Periodontology: Yes

Commission on Dental Accreditation status: Approval without reporting requirements

Admission options

Master of science degree applicants may only be admitted to the program under Plan A, which has two options:

1.Traditional thesis option 

  • Graduate students who choose the thesis option will have their research and thesis preparation supervised by a primary adviser and approved by a thesis advisory committee that consists of at least three members.

2. Publication option

  • The publication option, in addition, culminates in the acceptance of a first author, original, peer-reviewed publication based on a research project. Selection of the publication option requires completion of a traditional thesis in the event the submitted manuscript is not accepted by the submission deadline listed in this bulletin. All graduate students are required to present their research formally.

In partial fulfillment of the requirements to obtain the master of science degree, all candidates must complete the appropriate sections of the graduate core curriculum with a grade of B- or above, conduct a research project on an appropriate clinical or basic science topic, and successfully defend their research project. Format and content of the public defense is determined by the advisory committee.

Candidates are encouraged to pursue research that originates in their chosen dental specialty. Research projects are selected in consultation with the graduate program director. Where possible, graduate students in advanced dental specialty programs are encouraged to do clinically relevant research.

For a more detailed review of the program, including coursework details, please visit the Graduate School Bulletin

What You Can Expect From Marquette Dental School

Be well-prepared

Learn and practice in a patient-centered environment that resembles the real world of dentistry. 

Be hands-on

Attend fewer traditional lectures because more of your time will be spent working with patients — beginning your first year.

Be aware

Gain an understanding of the link between oral and physical health to better serve your patients.

Be of service

Participate in university outreach programs at urban, rural and specialty care clinics, getting firsthand experience in public health.

Be challenged

Receive training in advanced dental practices with access to faculty experts committed to advancing dental knowledge through their own innovative research.

Be mentored

Form professional relationships with practicing dentists throughout Wisconsin through our formal mentorship program offered to all students.


Make an Impact Beyond your Studies

Community Outreach

Develop hands-on skills and give back to the community by providing emergency and comprehensive patient care at seven clinics throughout Wisconsin. You’ll apply what you’ve learned while participating in rounds at several of the following clinics:

  • Beloit Area Community Health Center-  Beloit, WI
  • Health Education Center, Chippewa Valley Technical College- Eau Claire, WI
  • Ministry Dental Center, St. Michael’s Hospital- Stevens Point, WI
  • Tri-County Dental Community Clinic, Fox Valley Technical College- Appleton, WI
  • School of Dentistry campus clinic, Milwaukee, WI
  • School of Dentistry Community Dental Clinic (North and South locations)- Milwaukee, WI

Clinical Research

Work with faculty-scholars advancing clinical dentistry through the synthesis and dissemination of information. You may want to partake in the development of new products that improve oral, dental and craniofacial health. You could help develop a denture base material that inhibits the growth of disease-causing microbes; optimize orthodontic treatment to move teeth faster and at minimal root resorption risk; study how new phosphate polymers can prevent microbial colonization; or find a better way to manage chronic headaches associated with myofascial pain.

Student Research Groups

Nurture your research interests by becoming a member of the Student Research Group — a local chapter of the American Association of Dental Research, a national student research group. Guided by faculty, this student-run organization will give you the opportunity to actively engage in cutting-edge research. Members also enjoy these exclusive opportunities: 

  • First choice of available research opportunities
  • Access to group funds for attending scientific meetings
  • Receive funding in support of your research projects
  • SRG-sponsored journal club

Additional Research

Graduation is dependent on receiving a master’s degree through the graduate school which involves an original research project and specified thesis requirements appropriate for this Master’s degree.

Tayebi Research Group at Marquette University School of Dentistry provides an opportunity for residents with an interest in interdisciplinary research in bio and nano materials including bone and periodontal tissue engineering.


Take the next step towards your future



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Graduate Program Recruiter

Jordan L. Mason

phone: (414) 288-0327


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Application Deadline

August 1st for the program starting in June of the following year.

2-Step Application Requirements

1. Apply through PASS

Applications are initially made through Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) of the American Dental Education Association. A complete application is required for consideration. 


2. Apply through the Marquette Graduate School

Once accepted into the program through ADEA PASS, you will need to complete the additional application requirements listed below.

Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.


  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.
  • Undergraduate and dental school grade-point averages, and class rank in dental school. 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 by the Educational Credential Evaluators Inc. (ECE). 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. 
  • 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 but recommended.
  • A curriculum vitae and a personal statement describing why the applicant wishes to pursue periodontal education.
  • Registration with National Matching Service. The Periodontics program is part of the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program.
  • For international applicants only: a TOEFL or IELTS score are the only acceptable proofs of English proficiency.

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.