The Department of Orthodontics, University of Illinois at Chicago, offers a program which leads to a Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics through the College of Dentistry and the M.S. in Oral Sciences degree under the auspices of the Graduate College.

A minimum of 32 consecutive months of continuous attendance is required of candidates for the Specialty Certificate and M. S. degree. Nine residents begin the program each August. Students must register for a full program each semester during their residency, which will include the clinical and didactic courses required for the Specialty Certificate, Oral Sciences courses, research, and teaching.

The program is designed to prepare residents for American Board of Orthodontics diplomate status. The curriculum is composed of seminars, lectures, clinical practice with emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving. The program includes instruction and extensive experience in diagnosis and treatment planning, biomechanics, orthognathic surgery and other interdisciplinary procedures.  The residents will have the opportunity of treating the full range of different malocclusions in children and adults in a state-of-the-art orthodontic facility.

An original research project intended to produce results suitable for publication in a peer reviewed journal is required for the receipt of the Certificate in Orthodontics as well as the MS Degree. Residents are also encouraged to present their scientific results at regional and national meetings.

The program can be individualized for those who wish to combine specialty training in orthodontics with a Ph.D. degree. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The content follows the ERASMUS recommendations.



The College of Dentistry implemented a programmatic tuition for its specialty programs effective with classes matriculating July, 2008 and after. The 2014-2015 programmatic tuition rate is $30,779 for Fall, Spring and Summer. University fees, instrument costs, etc. will be in addition to tuition charges. Students are required to purchase their own instruments, at a cost of approximately $9,300 for first year residents, $750 for second year residents, and $550 for third year residents. In addition, students are required to purchase their own clinic digital camera, laptop computer, books, travel to meetings, subscriptions, and memberships. They also pay general fees, student insurance, and the health service fee (totaling approximately between $2,600 to $2,900 per year).

We do not provide a stipend or tuition waiver. Consequently, you may wish to apply for financial assistance to help cover the cost of your education. Consideration for federal and/or state aid programs require applicants to complete the FAFSA beginning January 2008. For eligibility and further information visit the UIC's Office of Student Financial Aid WebPages You may also contact them at (312) 996-3126 or There will be no compensation (direct or indirect) to students with an F-1 visa under this program.

We urge our residents to take the written portion of the American Board of Orthodontics examination in Year 2 of the program.

What's new?

Beginning in the Fall, 2013, the university has approved a new international student fee. The fee will be $80.00 per semester (Fall and Spring) and $40.00 per summer session for all international students attending UIC in valid non-immigrant status such as F-1, J-1, H-4, and J-2 The fee will allow the Office of International Services to continue to provide essential services, upgrade technologies used for student advising, increase programming options, and host cultural events to increase and expand upon the “UIC Experience.”

Thank you in advance for your attention to this important information. If you have any questions, please contact us at 312-996-3121 or



Information about application procedures is available from:
Department of Orthodontics (M/C 841)
College of Dentistry
University of Illinois at Chicago
801 South Paulina Street
Chicago, IL 60612-7211
Fax: 312-996-0873

Please note that we participate both in PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service) and in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. Applicants should request BOTH Applicant Agreement Packages from:


ADEA PASS Contact Information:
ADEA PASS Customer Support Representatives are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET), except federal holidays.
Phone: 617-612-2065


National Matching Services
595 Bay Street, Suite 301
Toronto, Ontario Canada
M5G 2C2
416-977-5020 (FAX)

The PASS application deadline for the class starting in August, 2016 is August 17th, 2015.

The PASS application deadline for the class starting in August, 2017 will be updated in May, 2016. Thank you for your patience!

Submit ALL of the following documents as listed:


  1. Completed 2015 PASS Application Form
  2. Payment if submitting a money order
  3. ETS PPI Evaluation
  4. Professional Evaluations if required or desired
  5. Official Dean's Evaluation Form (which is to include dental board scores)
  6. Institution Evaluation
  7. Official Dental School Transcripts

* Please review the following training videos for prospective applicants and potential evaluators:

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at or 202-289-7201 Ext. 190.


Provide the documents listed below to UIC's Department of Orthodontics directly: These materials are required by the program and not processed through PASS. The deadline for these items is August 15th, 2015, unless otherwise noted.


  1. Official undergraduate college transcripts
  2. Official dental school transcripts
  3. Curriculum Vitae/Resume (two pages maximum)
  4. Official Dental Admissions Test (DAT) scores
  5. Official National Dental Board Examination (NDBE) scores if these exams were taken.
  6. UIC Personal Statement. Use THE FORM provided by the Department of Orthodontics. ( Please click HERE to download the form. )
  7. Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination results, required of applicants educated in a country where English is not the primary language.
  8. Official Graduate Record Examination scores (GRE is REQUIRED for all applicants. Candidates are expected to score in the upper 50th percentile. )
    The institutional code to use when ordering your GRE score report is 1851. No departmental code is required.
  9. ONLY CANDIDATES ACTUALLY SELECTED FOR THE ORTHODONTIC SPECIALTY PROGRAM WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY A PROCESSING FEE TO UIC'S ADMISSIONS OFFICE. The non-refundable application fee for both U.S. and international applicants is $70.00 (non-refundable, effective July 1, 2015). DO NOT SEND MONEY YET.
  10. The new international credential evaluation fee will be $30, effective August 1, 2015.  This fee is assessed on any applicant presenting international course work requiring an evaluation regardless of residency.


* We understand that not all candidates take DATs, but we want to see the standardized tests that they have taken.  For DATs we will evaluate the admissions packages even if the applicants haven't submitted all the scores. 
* Our GRE and TOEFL requirements are the same as for the MS in Oral Sciences degree program.
* The GRE General is required of all applicants. Candidates are expected to score in the upper 50th percentile.
* Minimum English Competency Test Score, TOEFL 550 (paper-based); 213 (computer-based).

*We would like to receive letters of recommendation directly to UIC, but not if the letters are the same as included the PASS documents.
* Information on detailed application prerequisite and matriculation requirements is available on



A personal, on-site interview is required for admission except in unusual circumstances. Interviews are usually held in October and early November for applicants selected by the admissions committee. All interviews are scheduled by invitation from the Department of Orthodontics.

Faculty and applicants meet during formal interviews as well as during social events hosted by the current residents. Time is provided for applicants to ask questions of faculty, residents, and staff and to tour the Orthodontic Clinic, Residents' Lab and the University.

After the interview schedule is concluded, the admission committee meet and the results are forwarded to the PASS and Match Programs.

Admission criteria are applied equally to all applicants regardless of race, sex, color, national origin, or religion. We encourage minority students to apply.



Applicants must possess a DDS, DMD, or equivalent degree. 

Should you have any other questions, please contact

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