One of the leading programs in the country, our 27-month Graduate Orthodontic Program prepares residents to provide excellent treatment based on contemporary biologic orthodontic principles. Launched in 1971, the program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and is recognized for eligibility by the American Board of Orthodontics.

Working in a collegial atmosphere of mutual respect, our residents receive training from expert faculty members from across the United States. The rigorous curriculum is a combination of didactic courses, strong clinical experience and research.

Each year, the Dugoni School receives more than 200 applications for the coveted eight spots per class. Upon successful completion of the program, our residents graduate with a master's of science degree in dentistry and a certificate in orthodontics.

The Department of Orthodontics participates in the American Dental Education Association's Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS), a centralized application service for more than 400 participating postdoctoral dental education programs. Applicants can complete an online application or download a copy of the application form from the PASS website.

  • Completed application materials must be received by PASS prior to their deadline. Check their website for the application deadline.
  • The completed PASS application and all supporting documents must be received by the admissions committee for the Graduate Orthodontics Program by August 15, 2021.
  • A non-refundable fee of $75 must be submitted along with your application. Pay application fee here ›

Factors considered by the Graduate Orthodontics Program Admissions Committee include:

  • Possession of the doctoral degree in dentistry;
  • Excellence in predental and dental school academic achievement;
  • Dental class standing;
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score (Institutional Code 4065 / Department Code 0604);
  • ADAT not required but will accept;
  • Dental Match Program code;
  • Practice, teaching and research experience;
  • Possession of advanced academic degree(s);
  • TOEFL scores (for international students only — Institutional code 4892 / Department Code 38)
  • Dental National Board Examination scores; 
  • Integrated National Dental Board Examination (INDBE) – Results must be submitted to program by November 5, 2021; 
  • Letters of recommendation; and
  • Course by Course evaluation of dental school transcripts — for international applicants (only evaluations by ECE will be accepted).

NOTE: The faculty in the Department of Orthodontics, at University of the Pacific, Arthur A Dugoni School of Dentistry believe that residency program participation in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program is fair and beneficial to applicants. We also believe that Match participation is in the long-term best interest of the specialty. Therefore, we have decided to interview applicants who are applying exclusively to programs participating in the Match.


The school reserves the right to modify or change admission standards or requirements at any time without prior notice and effective immediately. The information provided on this site cannot be regarded as creating a binding contract between the student and the school.

Didactic courses include principles of orthodontics, cephalometrics and 3D imaging and airway consideration, facial growth, biomechanics, craniofacial biology, cleft lip and palate,  research methodology, appliance laboratory, pediatrics, statistics, anatomy, bone biology and clinical use of temporary anchorage device, TMD, orthognathic surgery, restorative-orthodontic relationships, practice management, and periodontic/orthodontic care. The faculty fosters a collegial atmosphere and mutual respect between residents and faculty.

Clinical instruction and practice are conducted in the school’s orthodontic clinic in six half-day clinics per week which include treatment for children, adolescents, adults, and multidisciplinary (integrated with periodontal and restorative procedures) patients. Adult patients constitute about one fourth of a student’s caseload. Each resident starts approximately 40 to 50 new patients and 50 to 70 transfer patients during the residency program. Residents are also rotated through the Children's Hospital Oakland Craniofacial Panel. Fixed appliance treatment employs the edgewise technique, although instruction permits a wide latitude of clinical variation based on patient needs and special faculty expertise. Experience in treating the entire range of orthodontic problems is provided. Each resident also starts several micro-implant anchorage supported patients. From 1998 to 2002 the orthodontic department was the initial testing site for the new Invisalign technology, and today provides a state-of-the-art approach to treating a wide variety of patients with Invisalign. Each resident generally starts 6 to 8 patients with this appliance.

Each resident engages in a research project and completes a thesis to qualify for the Master of Science in Dentistry degree. These are submitted for publication in scientific journals.

Residents are scheduled for didactic and clinical instruction five full days per week, and full participation is required. While there is no prohibition of weekend private dental practice, students’ commitments during the program seriously limit this opportunity.

Academic Progress

Academic progress is reviewed quarterly and records are maintained by the Department of Orthodontics. Attendance and grading policies for this program, and access to the Student Appeals Committee, are generally the same for residents as for predoctoral students.

The candidate for graduation and certification must demonstrate to the full satisfaction of the faculty the following:

  • Competence in the full range of contemporary orthodontic practice;
  • Completion of all technical and clinical requirements prescribed in the graduate orthodontic curriculum;
  • Achievement of passing grades in all required courses with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in classroom and clinical courses;
  • Design, completion and presentation of an original research project in orthodontics and a thesis acceptable at the graduate level in the opinion of the Graduate Orthodontics Research Committee;
  • Return of all university property; and
  • Discharge of all financial obligations to the community and the school.

If in the judgment of the Graduate Orthodontics Academic Performance Committee the candidate has fully satisfied all requirements, the committee is authorized to recommend conferral of the certificate in orthodontics and the degree of master of science in dentistry. The committee may also recommend delay in an individual's graduation date. Committee recommendations are submitted to the dean, who is authorized to review and make final decisions.

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