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Apply to Periodontics

To apply to this program for the Summer 2018 entering class, please follow the steps below to ensure your application is complete. Only complete applications are reviewed.

Please note the early application deadline for this program and the new information regarding the Postdoctoral Match.

  • Complete the Rackham Graduate School online application.

  • The Periodontics graduate program requires 3 letters of recommendation. Letters must be submitted online by your recommender – please review the Rackham guidelines.

  • Submit/upload dental transcripts (and translation if not in English) online with the Rackham Graduate application. For more information about submitting transcripts, please visit the Rackham Graduate School.

  • Foreign applicants whose native language is NOT English must submit IBT TOEFL scores ( electronically using institution code 1839. The minimum accepted IBT TOEFL is 84. Please do not send a paper copy of your IBT TOEFL score.Paper copies are not accepted.

  • The deadline for this program is June 30, 2017. All application materials should be submitted and received by the application deadline.

  • New for 2017-18: the Graduate Periodontics program now participates with the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. All applicants must register with Match beginning May 17, 2017 and before the application deadline of June 30, 2017.

    It is important that you review the Match website and understand the process, including Match agreements, before registering. Match results will be available to applicants in early December 2017.

All application materials must be submitted with your Rackham application and all letters of recommendation must be submitted online by your recommender. See #2 above. You will not be able to add or edit documents after your Rackham Application is submitted to the University of Michigan. Questions, please email

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am applying to the Periodontics program. My recommenders gave me letters of recommendations in paper format, how can I submit those letters?

A: We have a paperless admissions process, which means that all of your letters of recommendation must be submitted online by your recommender. Please see item #2 above.

Q: Along with my application, I would like to submit my CV/Resume, NBDE scores, Certificates, Awards, and/or GRE scores. How do I submit that information?

A: CV/Resume, NBDE scores, Certificates, Awards, and GRE scores are not required to apply to the Periodontics program. If you would like to submit any of those documents, you should submit them in the section of the Rackham Graduate application specifically for CVs. All documents must be combined into a single document. They cannot be submitted separately.

Q: How will I know when my application is made available to the Periodontics program for review?

A: The School of Dentistry Office of Admissions will notify applicants via email when their materials have been received and sent to the Periodontics program for review.

Q: When will I be contacted for an interview?

A: The Periodontics Department is responsible for all interview invitations. The department will contact you directly about interview offers. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for mid-August.

Q: What is the estimated cost of the Periodontics Graduate program?

A: Please review our tuition table. All students are enrolled beginning with the Summer term, and are registered as full-time students for the length of the program.

Q: I am an internationally trained dentist, if I am admitted to the Periodontics Graduate program and I complete the program will I be eligible for licensure?

A: In the United States, licensure requirements vary from state to state. The state dental board (where you intend to practice) is the appropriate agency to contact for specific information about licensure requirements, the state dental practice act, or other licensure-related information. For more information, please visit