Orthodontics Applications and Admissions

Orthodontic Graduate Program Office: 859-323-5371

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  • Application deadline: August 31, 2020; PASS Application deadline: August 15, 2020
  • UK Interview Days (VIRTUAL):  Thursday, October 29, 2020 and Friday, October 30, 2020
  • Starting date: August 2, 2021 (Fall 2021)
  • Application Fee: PASS fees $190 for application to one program, $85 for each additional application. Dental Match registration fee is $95. UK Graduate School fees $65 for domestic students, $75 for international students
  • Degree/Certification offered: Master of Science and Certificate in Orthodontics
  • Length of Program: 34 months
  • Applicants accepted/year: 3


There are two applications required for the Orthodontics program: 1) the ADEA Pass application; 2) and the UK Graduate School application. Both applications must be submitted online and are available now. Postdoctoral Dental Match Program (the "Match") registration is also required. The Match registration can be completed with the ADEA PASS application or completed separately. 

Please note: The Orthodontic Graduate Program at the University of Kentucky participates in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. Our faculty believes the MATCH to be fair and beneficial to applicants. Consequently, we will only consider applicants who are applying exclusively to graduate programs participating in the MATCH.

Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS)

The PASS application, along with instructions, is available on their website at www.ADEA.org. Our PASS program number is PGM #927. The PASS application process will be available online in May. The following items will need to be completed and submitted to PASS:

  • Application
  • Essay
  • Official dental transcript
  • Three Professional Evaluation Forms (PEF)
  • MATCH number (obtained at natmatch.com/dentres/)
  • Domestic Students:
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
    • National Board Dental Examination scores​
    • Optional: Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)
  • International Students:
    • ​Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
    • TOEFL (for all applicants whose native language is not English) minimum score of 550 written, 213 computer based or 79 internet based
    • Optional: National Board Dental Examination scores

All application material will be due to PASS by August 15, 2020, in order to meet our deadline of August 31, 2020. In addition to the requirements of PASS, you must have also earned or be earning a degree from a recognized, accredited dental school and have sufficient financial resources to support yourself during the three years of the program. No supplemental materials are requested or should be sent directly to the Graduate Program, including transcripts, scores, letters, etc. Everything required for application to the program should be entered directly into PASS.

For any questions related to UK requirements for the PASS application or UK Orthodontic Graduate Program questions, please contact the UK Orthodontic Graduate Office at 859-323-5371. 

UK Graduate School Application

In order for the application to be considered, the Graduate School must have received the application fee ($65 for domestic and $75 for international students). The applicant should follow the online graduate school admission and application instructions found at these Graduate School website links:  

GRE Scores: the applicant should send GRE scores directly from the Educational Testing Service to the UK Graduate School using institution code R1837. 
International Students: TOEFL scores should be sent directly to the UK Graduate School using institutional code 1837.

Open UK Graduate School Application Login.

For any questions regarding the UK Graduate School application or status of the UK Graduate School application, please contact the UK Graduate School may be contacted at:

Phone: (859) 257-9390 / 859-257-4905
Email:  grad.admit@uky.edu
University of Kentucky
Graduate School
106 Gillis Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0033

When applying to the program, please keep in mind the following:

  • You must select the correct academic term. The Orthodontic Graduate Program starts in the Fall of the year you plan to enter.
  • Please select the correct program of study.

Mandatory Student Fees

2020-2021 Mandatory Student Fees Detail 

Student Activities $ 16.25
Diversity $ 6.00
Campus Modernization - Enhancing the Core $ 6.00
Student Government Association $ 12.00
Dental Student Health & Wellness Fee * $ 175.00
WRFL Student Radio $ 5.50
Kentucky Kernel $ 2.00
International Study Abroad Fee $ 6.75
Environmental Stewardship Fee $ 4.00
Johnson Center Fee $ 80.00
Technology Fee $ 99.00
Student Center Fee $ 131.25
Student Center Renovation Fee $ 81.00
Student Involvement Fee $ 27.25
Student Services Fee $ 13.50
Center for Community Outreach $ 4.00
Transportation Services $ 5.00
Total Fees (per semester) $ 674.50
Estimated Cost of Camera $ 1,550.00
(Only with proof of purchase)    
Estimated Cost of Laptop Computer $ 1,500.00
(Only with proof of purchase)    
Estimated Cost of American Board Orthodontics Exam $ 1,200.00
(Only with proof of purchase) (Students choose when to take exam during 2nd or 3rd year)    


Estimated Expenses

2020-2021 Ortho Program Expenses

Curriculum Expenses   Year 1   Year 2   Year 3
    (11 Mth)   (12 Mth)   (11 Mth)
Tuition & Fees *            
Kentucky Resident $ 13,540.00 $ 13,540.00 $ 13,540.00
Non-Resident $ 33,216.00 $ 33,216.00 $ 33,216.00
Camera (Year 1 Only- Only with proof of Purchase) $ 1,550.00        
Laptop Computer (Only with proof of Purchase) $ 1,500.00        
American Board Orthodontics Exam (Only with proof of Registration)     $ 1,200.00 $ 1,200.00
Total Estimated Curriculum Expenses            
Kentucky Residents $ 13,540.00 $ 13,540.00 $ 13,540.00
Kentucky Residents (With Proof of Purchase) $ 16,590.00 $ 14,740.00 $ 14,740.00
Out-of-State Residents $ 33,216.00 $ 33,216.00 $ 33,216.00
Out-of-State Residents (With Proof of Purchase) $ 36,266.00 $ 34,416.00 $ 34,416.00
Living Expenses   Year 1   Year 2   Year 3
    (11 Mth)   (12 Mth)   (11 Mth)
Rent ($900.00 mth x 11 mth) $ 9,900.00 $ 10,800.00 $ 9,900.00
Utilities (gas, electric, phone, internet)($400.00 mth x 11mth) $ 4,400.00 $ 4,800.00 $ 4,400.00
Food ($400.00mth x 11 mth) $ 4,400.00 $ 4,800.00 $ 4,400.00
Transportation (gas, insurance, maintenance, parking) ($400.00mth x 11 mth) $ 4,400.00 $ 4,800.00 $ 4,400.00
Personal (miscellaneous, clothing) ($400.00 mth x 11 mth) $ 4,400.00 $ 4,800.00 $ 4,400.00
Total Living Expenses  $ 27,500 $ 30,000 $ 27,500

*Living expense budgets are for the student ONLY. Students with dependents - spouse and/or children, parents or siblings, who have no other means of support are urged to consult social service agencies for assistance. Fifty percent of documented day care costs may be added to the cost of attendance, unless the student resident is a single parent.

Cost of Attendance - KY Resident $ 41,040.00 $ 43,540.00 $ 41,040.00
Cost of Attendance - Non-Resident  $ 60,716.00 $ 63,216.00 $ 60,716.00

* Mandatory fees are $674.50 per semester and include such things as the student health fee, activity fee, technology fee Johnson Center fee, and are required of students attending the University of Kentucky and all of its Colleges. 

Financial Aid Information 

  • Second and third year teaching assistants receive an annual Graduate School In-State scholarship equal to one semester of in-state tuition plus fees minus the $160 Health and $80 Johnson Center fee per semester. This scholarship is subject to change depending on availability of funds.
  • If the student has filed the FAFSA for the academic year enrolled the financial aid office will calculate the unsubsidized, and grad plus loans if the student has eligibility. Eligibility is calculated as follows: Estimated Cost of Attendance – Student Contribution - Scholarships or Fellowships = Loan Eligibility

NOTE: Beginning July 1, 2012 the Federal Government no longer allowed Subsidized Loans for the Graduate/Professions student. This means an Ortho Student can receive the total amount in the form of an Unsubsidized Loan.

The maximum amount of unsubsidized loan an Orthodontics student can borrow annually is $20,500 to be disbursed in two equal disbursements. The first disbursement is August and the second disbursement is January of the academic year. The amount of loan borrowed in the category cannot exceed the estimated cost of attendance, per federal regulations. Again we refer to a formula: Estimated Cost of Attendance – Scholarships or Fellowships = Unsubsidized Loan Eligibility (as long as it does not exceed $ 20,500).

If the student needs more loans to help cover the estimated cost of attendance we can calculate a Grad Plus Loan for the remaining amount of eligibility using the formula: Estimated Cost of Attendance – Scholarships or Fellowships – Unsubsidized Loan = Grad Plus Loan Eligibility

To be eligible for this loan the student must also pass a credit check before the lender will process the loan.

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