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

PASS deadline: October 2

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 the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.

In addition to the PASS, all Orthodontics Program applicants must submit the following to the USC Office of Dental Admissions, File No. 121452, Los Angeles, CA 90074-2145:

  • 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 School of Dentistry. Please indicate the program you are applying to and PASS ID number on the check.

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

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 $70,566 $85,335 $85,335
Instrument Management System Fee $750 $900 $900
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 $73,997 $88,916 $88,916
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 $101,127 $116,046 $116,046

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.