USC University of Southern California


Advanced Specialty Certificate Program

The 33-month program in orthodontics is administered in conjunction with the USC Graduate School. The Orthodontics Program leads to a Master of Science degree in craniofacial biology and a certificate in orthodontics. The program can also lead to a PhD track if desired.

The orthodontics curriculum prepares students for academic careers as clinical scholars through the integration of the basic sciences with orthodontic education, as well as providing the clinical experience necessary to practice orthodontics.

Application Deadlines

USC application deadline: October 1
PASS deadline: September 17

How to Apply

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC uses the American Dental Education Association’s Postdoctoral Application Support Service’s (PASS) centralized application for its specialty certificate programs.

In addition to the PASS, all Orthodontics Program applicants must submit the following supplemental materials to the Ostrow School of Dentistry’s Office of Admissions:

  • Official undergraduate transcripts.
  • Official Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) results.
  • A non-refundable processing fee of $85 ($145 for international applicants). We will accept a personal check, cashier/bank check, or money order made payable to USC. Please indicate the program you are applying to on the check.

This program also uses the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (Match) to help place residents.

Mail your supplementary packet, all in one envelope, to:
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
Office of Admissions
File No. 121452
Los Angeles, CA  90074-2145

Cost of Attendance

This program does not provide a stipend.

Estimated cost of attendance for 2013-2014

Direct Costs Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Tuition $65,017 $77,588 $77,588
Health Insurance $1,519 $1,519 $1,519
Student Health Center Fee $643 $728 $728
Disability Insurance $72 $72 $72
Topping Student Aid Fund $16 $16 $16
Graduate Orientation Fee $50 $0 $0
Grad Student Programming Fee $75 $75 $75
Grad Student Services Fee $25 $25 $25
Total Direct Costs $67,417 $80,023 $80,023
Allowances for Indirect Costs
Room and Board $17,560 $21,072 $21,072
Transportation $2,550 $3,060 $3,060
Personal/Misc $2,030 $2,436 $2,436
Estimated Cost of Attendance $89,557 $106,591 $106,591

U.S. Department of Education Disclosure

Dept of Labor Standard Occupational Classification Code: 29-1023
Dept of Labor Standard Occupational Profile:
On-Time Completion Rate: 100%
Tuition and Fees: $220,368
Equipment and Supplies: $2,550
Job Placement Rate: Not Available
Median Loan Debt
  Federal: $185,837
  Private: Zero
  Other: Zero

Financial Aid

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Health Requirements

Please note that all matriculating students must comply with the university’s health requirements.