USC University of Southern California

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Advanced Operative and Adhesive Dentistry

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry offers two programs in operative and adhesive dentistry: (1) a 26-month program leading to a Certificate in Advanced Operative and Adhesive Dentistry, and (2) a 26-month combined program leading to a Certificate in Advanced Operative and Adhesive Dentistry and Master of Science in Craniofacial Biology.

The programs provide students with in-depth scientific knowledge and clinical experience in operative and adhesive dentistry, including cutting-edge technologies in biomaterials, digital (CAD/CAM), and esthetic rehabilitation. In addition, the programs offer students teaching experience through assisting the learning activities of the Doctor of Dental Surgery Program.

Biomaterials research is an integral part of the curriculum for both programs. Students of the combined program of Certificate in Operative and Adhesive Dentistry/Master of Science in Craniofacial Biology must complete an original research project to fulfill a thesis requirement.

The combined program in Advanced Operative and Adhesive Dentistry Certificate / Master of Science in CBY requires grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher, a minimum GRE verbal score of 40 percent rank and quantitative score of 50 percent rank. For non-native English speakers, a minimum combined TOEFL score of 90 is required with no less than 20 on each section (reading, listening, speaking and writing). Most accepted students score higher than the minimum requirement.  More information on the MS in CBY can be obtained here.

The clinical, research, and teaching experiences will prepare graduates for future academic careers in dental research and education, as well as career options in dental related public organizations and private corporations.

Application Deadlines

PASS deadline: December 1

How to Apply

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

In addition to the PASS, all Advanced Operative and Adhesive Dentistry applicants must submit a non-refundable processing fee of $85 ($145 for international applicants).

To pay online, visit our Online Payment Portal.  An email confirmation will be sent once payment is submitted. 

If you are applying to the optional combined master’s program, also submit:

  • Official undergraduate transcripts
  • Official Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) results

Cost of Attendance

This program does not provide a stipend.

Direct Costs Year 1 Year 2
Tuition 52,308 52,308
Dental Equipment 14,500 0
Health Insurance 1,875 1,875
Student Health Center Fee 667 667
Disability Insurance 55 55
Topping Student Aid Fund 16 16
Dental Gown Usage Fee 165 165
Grad Student Programming Fee 80 80
IMS Fee 2,497 2,137
Total Direct Costs $72,163 $57,303
Allowances for Indirect Costs Year 1 Year 2
Room and Board 22,272 22,272
Transportation 2,760 2,760
Personal/Misc 3,240 3,240
Estimated Cost of Attendance $100,435 $85,575

Estimated cost of attendance for 2017-2018

Students are required to have an intraoral camera, computer, and magnifying optical lens.

Financial Aid

Click here to learn more about financial aid options or click here for information on how to inform the Financial Aid Office of any changes in circumstance that might affect your eligibility.

Health Requirements

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