​​MS Degree in Orthodontics

Jing Chen, DDS, PhD
Program Director

PASS/Match Program Yes
Application Deadline September 15
Program Start Date July 1
Number of Positions 7
Length of Program 3 years


Apply to the Orthodontics Program 

The postdoctoral Orthodontics Program is designed to satisfy all requirements for American Board of Orthodontics certification. The program provides students with intensive, advanced training in specialized biological and clinical sciences through a combination of clinical experience, lectures, seminars, and extensive laboratory coursework, integrated with treatment of various kinds of malocclusions. Upon successful completion, a Master of Science degree is awarded.

Techniques practiced include:

  • Modifications of basic edgewise mechanotherapy
  • Differential force straight wire technique
  • Segmental arch technique
  • Techniques with twin bracket, self-ligation bracket, and Invisalign

Interdisciplinary programs include:

  • Rotations in the multidisciplinary temporomandibular dysfunction clinic
  • Rotations in the clinic of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Conference and clinical sessions for patients requiring combined orthodontic treatment and orthognathic surgery
  • Conferences and seminars regarding cleft palate/craniofacial work, adult orthodontics and the periodontally compromised patient

Students must research, submit, and defend a written thesis. They are also required to present records of completed patients according to A.B.O. guidelines, in a mock A.B.O. examination setting.