Periodontics Master's Program

Hands-on experience led by dental health experts

As Wisconsin’s only dental school, we offer you the most advanced clinical resources and instructional technology available. Every step you take in our program will be guided by faculty and practicing professionals who uphold Marquette’s vision: to train highly skilled oral health care practitioners to bring top-quality dental care to urban and rural communities across the country — and around the world. We’ll prepare you to enter practice immediately upon graduation.

About the periodontal master's program

The periodontal master's is completed in three years and requires direct patient care during the duration of the program. A student in the periodontics program must complete a minimum of 50 credit hours of course work, including 12 credit hours of clinical practice and six credit hours of thesis work. The remaining credits will be from courses assigned by the course director which are specific to periodontology.

Satisfactory completion of the didactic and clinical components of the program results in a specialty certificate through the Marquette University Graduate School.

Satisfactory completion of the research component of the programs results in a master’s degree through the Marquette University Graduate School. The master’s degree is required in order to receive the specialty certificate.

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What You Can Expect From Marquette Dental School

We’re a patient-centered student-focused dental school, blending the knowledge and skills of basic, clinical and behavioral sciences to prepare our student as competent, contemporary dentists. You’ll be immersed in a model of education that mimics dental practice. Every semester, you’ll be challenged in a different way — to prepare you for what life will be like post-graduation. And, starting before your first class, our faculty and staff will help you manage the demands of this rigorous academic program — and have some fun, too.

Be well-prepared. Learn and practice in a patient-centered environment that resembles the real world of dentistry. 

Be hands-on. Attend fewer traditional lectures because more of your time will be spent working with patients — beginning your first year.

Be aware. Gain an understanding of the link between oral and physical health to better serve your patients.

Be of service. Participate in university outreach programs at urban, rural and specialty care clinics, getting firsthand experience in public health.

Be challenged. Receive training in advanced dental practices with access to faculty experts committed to advancing dental knowledge through their own innovative research.

Be mentored. Form professional relationships with practicing dentists throughout Wisconsin through our formal mentorship program offered to all students.

Make an Impact Beyond the Classroom

Community Outreach

You’ll learn hands-on skills — and give back to the community — by providing emergency and comprehensive patient care at seven clinics throughout Wisconsin. You’ll apply what you’ve learned while participating in rounds at several of the following clinics:

Beloit Area Community Health Center

Health Education Center, Chippewa Valley Technical College

Ministry Dental Center, St. Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point

Tri-County Dental Community Clinic, Fox Valley Technical College

School of Dentistry campus clinic

School of Dentistry Community Dental Clinic — North

School of Dentistry Community Dental Clinic — South

Clinical Research

You’ll have the opportunity to work with faculty-scholars advancing clinical dentistry through the synthesis and dissemination of information. You may want to partake in the development of new products that improve oral, dental and craniofacial health. You could help develop a denture base material that inhibits the growth of disease-causing microbes; optimize orthodontic treatment to move teeth faster and at minimal root resorption risk; study how new phosphate polymers can prevent microbial colonization; or find a better way to manage chronic headaches associated with myofascial pain.

Nurture your research interests by becoming a member of the Student Research Group — a local chapter of the American Association of Dental Research, a national student research group. Guided by faculty, this student-run organization will give you the opportunity to actively engage in cutting-edge research. Members also enjoy these exclusive opportunities: 

First choice of available research opportunities

Access to group funds for attending scientific meetings

Receive funding in support of your research projects

SRG-sponsored journal club


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Graduate Program Recruiter

Tim Carter

phone: (414) 288-7139


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Application Deadline

August 1st for the program starting in June of the following year.

Application Requirements

Apply through PASS

Applications are initially made through Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) of the American Dental Education Association. A complete application is required for consideration. 


Once accepted into the program through PASS,  you will need to complete the additional application requirements listed below.

Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application

  • A completed application form and fee online
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette
  • Undergraduate and dental school grade-point averages, and class rank in dental school.
  • Three letters of recommendation reflecting the applicant’s clinical and academic abilities.
  • Scores from the National Board Dental Examinations, Part I and Part II. Not required from graduates of non-U.S./non-Canadian dental schools but recommended.
  • A curriculum vitae and a personal statement.
  • Registration with National Matching Service. The Periodontics program is part of the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program.
  • For international applicants only: a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.

Private scholarships may be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses.