Master in Prosthodontics

Hands-on experience led by dental health expert faculty

As Wisconsin’s only dental school, we offer the most progressive, clinical laboratory and didactic training at a post-graduate level in fixed, removable, maxillofacial and implant prosthodontics. 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.


Join our three-year master's program in Prosthodontics

  • Small program, one-on-one education
  • Highly motivated faculty and staff
  • Strong biomaterials research capabilities
  • Full-time, in-house certified dental laboratory technician
  • Large patient population




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M.S Program Details

The purpose of the prosthodontic residency program is to provide progressive clinical, laboratory and didactic training, closely supervised, at the post-graduate level in fixed, removable, maxillofacial and implant prosthodontics. The interrelation of other medical/dental clinical specialties is also emphasized. The program integrates a research project in the biomedical sciences with a comprehensive clinical experience culminating in the award of a master of science in dentistry.

Our program is three years in length and is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Successful completion leads to specialty certification and qualifies the graduate for examination by the American Board of Prosthodontics. The flexibility of the program permits the postdoctoral student to progress optimally, developing and building upon his or her background. Each student is assigned his/her own clinic operatory, study area and laboratory bench. The in-house laboratory is capable of fabricating all fixed and removable prostheses required in the program. Board-certified faculty and assisting staff support and advise students throughout all phases of prosthodontic treatment.

The program accepts two residents per year and typically begins in each June. Students must be in the area and settled before that time. There is a summer orientation with prosthodontic-specific material before core courses start.

To see the yearly program fee, click here. The fee is billed to the student each July, and special payment plans may be arranged with the Office of the Bursar. There are additional fees for dental instruments, equipment (articulator, clinical camera, surgical telescopes, etc.) and instrument rental. 

Program Highlights

  • Small program, one-on-one education
  • Highly motivated faculty and staff
  • Strong biomaterials research capabilities
  • Full-time in-house certified dental laboratory technician
  • Large patient population

State-of-the-Art Prosthodontic Facilities

Clinic Features

  • The department uses digital radiography, and all patient records are electronic.
  • Daylight corrective overhead lighting.
  • North-facing windows so optimal esthetic outcomes may be realized.
  • Abundance of natural light in the clinic and in the laboratory relaxes the patients and providers.
  • Implant surgical suite for placing implants.
  • Modern technology to plan implant placement, guide surgery and design restoration of implants and natural teeth. 
  • Cone beam CTs are acquired at our institution.

Treatments Completed at the Prosthodontic Clinic

  • Implant hybrid dentures 1
  • Implant hybrid dentures 2
  • Implant hybrid dentures 3
  • Maxillary and mandibular complete dentures - Before treatment
  • Maxillary and mandibular complete dentures - After treatment
  • Implant supported maxillary and mandibular hybrid dentures - Before treatment
  • Implant supported maxillary and mandibular hybrid dentures - After treatment 1
  • Implant supported maxillary and mandibular hybrid dentures - After treatment 2

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Ready to learn more about Marquette's Prosthodontics Graduate program? Request more information now or schedule a campus visit.

Graduate Program Recruiter

Jordan L. Mason

phone: (414) 288-0327


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Application Deadline

August 1st for 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.
  • 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.
  • For international applicants only: a TOEFL score of 100 for Internet-based test; 550 for paper-based test or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  • All applicants must be prepared to appear for a personal interview in Milwaukee during September, October or November. This occasion has a twofold purpose. Faculty members in the program have the opportunity to become better acquainted with the applicant, and applicants have the opportunity to become acquainted with various facets of the program to which they are applying. Phone interviews are not acceptable.

Geoffrey A. ThompsonProgram Director- Dr. Geoffrey A. Thompson, D.D.S., M.S. 

Dr. Geoffrey A. Thompson is the Program Director in the Postgraduate Program in Prosthodontics at Marquette University. He received a B.A. degree in Chemistry from the University of South Florida and attended Emory University School of Dentistry in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, he has earned a certificate in prosthodontics from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and a M.S. degree in Dental Materials from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Dr. Thompson is a Director, American Board of Prosthodontics, Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, Fellow in the American College of Prosthodontists and the Academy of Prosthodontics, and a Director and member of the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics. Dr. Thompson is active with research, with over 60 peer-reviewed publications in print. He has a special interest in creating smiles, prosthodontist-driven implant placement, mechanical testing of materials and educating and training residents for board certification.

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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.