Orthodontics Applications and Admissions

Orthodontic Graduate Program Office: 859-323-5371

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  • PASS Application deadline: August 15, 2023. Applicants will need to apply to the UK Graduate School if accepted as a resident.
  • UK Interview Day: Interviews are by invitation only, and are typically help the last week of October. 
  • Starting date: August 5, 2024 (Fall 2023)
  • 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. Applicants will only need to apply to the UK Graduate School if accepted as a resident. 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 score(s) – NBDE Part I & Part II or INBDE scores accepted
    • Optional: Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)
  • International Students:
    • Optional: ​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 score(s) – NBDE Part I & Part II or INBDE scores accepted

All application material will be due to PASS by August 15, 2023, in order to meet our deadline of August 31, 2023. 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

If accepted as a resident, applicants will need to apply to the UK Graduate School ($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 at:

Phone: (859) 257-3603
Email:  grad.admit@uky.edu

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.

Estimated Expenses & Mandatory Student Fees

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