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Program Information

The program covers 24 calendar months.  Classes begin in July and end in June of the second year.  If requirements are not completed it is necessary to remain as an officially registered student until completion of the requirements.

A Master's degree and a Certificate in Orthodontics is awarded upon completion of the required didactic and clinical competency program and a research project, including successful defense of a thesis or manuscript.


Application Process

ULSD participates in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) sponsored by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).  All orthodontic applicants must submit an online application directly to PASS.    

All applications must be submitted to PASS by September 2, 2014.   Applications that are incomplete will not be considered.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to insure that materials are submitted in a timely manner.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Orthodontic applicants must also obtain a MATCH number.  PASS applicants seeking postdoctoral positions that utilize the Dental Match will be able to register for both services within the PASS application portal.  Data will flow to the National Matching Service, Inc. for all applicants who select the Dental Match from the services menu and the ADEA/PASS will pay the appropriate fees to NMS.


The following should be sent directly to PASS:

Class ranking or standing:  Class ranking or standing is mandatory for all applicants except those from un-graded programs.  We will accept class rankings and GPA recorded on the ADEA PASS Institutional Evaluation (ADEA IEF) form. We will also accept class ranking which are recorded on the dental transcript or a letter directly from your Dental Dean's Office.

Three ETS Personal Potential Index (PPI) Evaluations:   Three ETS Personal Potential Index (ETS PPI) evaluations are required.   All applicants must enter evaluator contact information using the ETS PPI dedicated link in his or her ADEA PASS application account in order to have the form delivered electronically to each evaluator.  Evaluations should be from faculty members, private practitioners or friends, in that order of importance.  One additional ADEA PASS PEF is required.

An ADEA PASS Institution Evaluation Form (ADEA IEF) is also required from the Dean (or his/her representative) of your dental school. 

National Board Scores:  We will accept NBDE scores I & II recorded on the ADEA PASS Institution Evaluation Form (ADEA IEF) and sent directly to PASS.

Official transcripts:   An official dental school transcript, which shows courses taken and grades received, is required.  Pass/Fail grades are acceptable only if the transcript is accompanied by a letter which explains how well the applicant performed in the course or program.  Official transcripts and a certified English translation for each school attended should be sent directly to PASS.   International applicants are required to submit an educational credential evaluators (ECE) course-by-course evaluation report directly to PASS.


The following should be sent directly to our Program address below:

1. Dental Admissions Test (DAT) score - either the original or a copy is acceptable.

2. Submit a 2" X 2" photo

        Dr.  Sunita S. Chandiramani 

        University of Louisville School of Dentistry 

        Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry and Special Care 

        501 South Preston Street, Room 362 

        Louisville, Kentucky 40202-0001


Additional Requirements:

Official Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores.  To register for the GRE general test, please visit the GRE website.  The GRE code 1838.


International Applicants:  

Part I and Part II of NBDE must be complete and official scores sumbitted to PASS

If the original documents are not in English, a verified translation must be sent with your official transcripts in your native language.

TOEFL scores of 550+ (paper version/PBT) or 213+ (computer based version/CBT) or a minimum score of 79+ (internet based version/iBT) are required for international students if English is not your primary language.


Candidate Selection

Selection of Candidates:  Selections, based on submitted credentials and personal interviews, are on a competitive basis.  The program accepts five highly selected residents and one military contract resident per year. 

Status of Application:  Applicants will receive email notification of receipt of their PASS application.  The Committee will not review incomplete files; therefore, it is up to the applicant to verify completion of his/her file.  Once the application has been reviewed, selected candidates will be contacted by the Committee concerning a personal interview.

If you are re-applying, applications are kept for only one (1) year.  You must re-apply through PASS with all updated information.

Interview dates for this admissions cycle are scheduled for Friday, October 17 and Monday, October 20, 2014.

Following interviews, applicants will be ranked by the Department and submitted to the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program.  To participate, you will be assigned a match number.  This number is requested in the PASS application.

Applicants will be notified of Match results in early December.

Upon acceptance into the Graduate Program in Orthodontics, you must submit an official Dental School transcript, official NBDE Part II scores, GRE, DAT, and you must graduate from your dental school.


Tuition and Fees

The following is the fee structure for residents.

In-state tuition/fees:  $18,326 per year ($11,326+ $7,000 institutional fees)

Out-of-state tuition/fees:  $30,568 per year ($23,568 + $7,000 institutional fees)

*The above tuition and fees will change every year based on the state budget and the Board of Trustees.

There is a one-time deposit fee of $1,000 (which will be used toward the first semester tuition) due on acceptance into the program.  Financial aid counseling is available from the Office of the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs of the School of Dentistry.

**Please note that stipends, fellowships and externships are not available in our Graduate Orthodontics Program.



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