Students must earn the professional Certificate in Operative Dentistry in conjunction with an M.S. or Ph.D. in oral science. Completion of both programs requires 36 months of full-time study. The M.S. requires additional course work as well as a thesis and oral and written comprehensive exams. Students have some flexibility in their curriculum to take courses that particularly interest them; see Oral Science in the Catalog.

The Certificate in Operative Dentistry is a professional clinical specialty program that provides dentists with advanced training for teaching, research, and the clinical practice of operative dentistry. The operative dentistry graduate program meets the educational requirements for application to take board certification examinations of the American Board of Operative Dentistry. Operative dentistry is recognized by the American Dental Association as an interest area in general dentistry.


Applicants to the certificate program must be graduates of accredited United States or recognized international dental schools and must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College. The department may request an interview with an applicant.

Students must provide their own financial support for the certificate and degree programs, including research and thesis expenses.

For more information, visit the Graduate Program in Operative Dentistry web page.