USC University of Southern California


Periodontology represents one of the foundations of science for all clinical dentistry. The Periodontics Program at the Ostrow School of Dentistry offers two courses of study:

  • a 36-month, 180-unit course leading to a certificate in periodontology
  • a 36-month, 183-unit course leading to both a certificate in periodontology and a Master of Science degree in craniofacial biology

Both courses prepare residents in all aspects of periodontics, including:

  • anatomy
  • scientific literature
  • technique
  • science
  • therapy
  • implantology
  • research methodology
  • writing
  • lecturing
  • photography

Emphasis is placed on the interaction of periodontics with other specialties and within general dentistry. Residents also gain teaching experience in didactic and clinical settings. Multiple avenues exist to interact and learn more about the clinical and didactic aspects of the residency program through our preceptorship, externship, or exchange programs. Requests for participation in any of the programs can be submitted to the Advanced Periodontology Program Director, Dr. Homa Zadeh. Graduates of the Periodontology Program have gone on to practice with great distinction as program directors and in private practice in North America, Africa, Europe, and Asia.

Application Deadlines

PASS deadline: September 1

How to Apply

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC uses theAmerican Dental Education Association’s Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) centralized application for its specialty certificate programs. Supplemental materials are not to be sent to Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.

In addition to the PASS application, all Periodontics Program applicants must submit a non-refundable processing fee of $85 ($145 for international applicants) to the USC Office of Dental Admissions, File No. 121452, Los Angeles, CA 90074-2145. We will accept a personal check, cashier/bank check, or money order made payable to USC School of Dentistry. Please indicate the program you are applying to and PASS ID number on the check.

Cost of Attendance

This program does not provide a stipend.

Estimated cost of attendance for 2015-2016

Direct Costs Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Tuition $85,335 $85,335 $85,335
Instrument Management System Fee $2,400 $2,400 $2,400
Dental Equipment Please contact your department
Health Insurance $1,712 $1,712 $1,712
Health Fee $793 $793 $793
Disability Insurance $55 $55 $55
Topping Student Aid Fund $16 $16 $16
Student Programming Fee $80 $80 $80
Student Service Fee $25 $25 $25
Total Direct Costs $90,416 $90,416 $90,416
Allowances for Indirect Cost
Room & Board $21,334 $21,334 $21,334
Transportation $3,360 $3,360 $3,360
Personal/Miscellaneous $2,436 $2,436 $2,436
Estimated Cost of Attendance $117,546 $117,546  


U.S. Department of Education Disclosure

For certificate programs that meet federal Title IV eligibility, USC is required by the U.S. Department of Education to disclose certain Gainful Employment (GE) information. The following Gainful Employment Disclosure Template link provides information regarding related jobs, cost, loan debt and completion rate for the program:

Financial Aid

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Health Requirements

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