Applications for advanced education in the Department of Developmental Sciences

The goal of the graduate program in orthodontics

Orthodontic training at Marquette is provided in a 26 1/2-month program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The orthodontic residents are certified dentists who are being trained to be specialists in orthodontics.

Orthodontic faculty are certified dentists who have completed two to three years of specialty training in an accredited orthodontic residency program beyond their four years of dental school training. Most orthodontic faculty are board certified by the ABO.

M.S. and certificate in orthodontics

26 1/2 months of education in graduate orthodontics

The graduate program is 26 1/2 months and has an emphasis on high-quality clinical training. First-year residents normally take on an initial caseload of 40–50 patients, then receive an additional transfer of 50 patients during the second year of their training.

Residents must execute a research project and defend a master's thesis to graduate. The program accepts five residents each year and fulfills eligibility requirements of the American Board of Orthodontics. Approximately 20 candidates are invited for interviews every year based on the selection criteria. The orthodontics program participates in the National Matching Service.

There is a strong commitment from the local orthodontic community, and our part-time and full-time faculty provide all clinic coverage. We have 20 part-time clinical professors who have broad experience in applied orthodontics. Twelve faculty are ABO board certified, and five are current members of the Angle Society.

The program has three full-time faculty. Dr. Dawei Liu is director of the graduate orthodontic program. 

The program start for incoming graduate students is June 1, and the graduation for the second-year students is in August.

Application information

An online application is available on the Graduate School’s website. The application deadline is September 1. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Graduate School.

Application requirements:

  • A completed Marquette Graduate School online application (PASS not accepted) and application fee
  • Registration with National Matching Service is required
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges except Marquette University
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Undergraduate and dental school GPA (Graduate Points Averages) and class ranks
  • Scores from National Board Exams, Part I and II (not required from graduates of non-U. S./non-Canadian dental schools)
  • Personal statement and curriculum vitae
  • (International students) TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency
  • GRE is required

Supporting documents:

A complete application is made up of the online application, application fee, and transcripts of all colleges and universities that have been attended. The application for admission must be submitted online and must be submitted before any supporting documents are sent in. Documents like statements of purpose and resumes may be attached electronically (uploaded) to the online application.

Letters of recommendation should be submitted via the online application system. 

Please see the Orthodontics page on the Graduate School website.

Contact information

Interested in becoming an orthodontic graduate student? Contact the Graduate School.

Are you a patient seeking orthodontic treatment? Contact the Orthodontic Clinic.