Periodontology Applications and Admissions

The Division of Periodontology produces graduates with advanced specialty training in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of periodontal disease. The program is a full-time, 36-month course of study, with strong emphasis on evidence-based decision making, consisting of clinical, research, and didactic components. 
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Admissions Details

  • Application deadline: September 1 of the year prior to the planned admission date
  • Starting date: July 1
  • Graduate School Application Fee: See site for details
  • Degree/Certification offered: Master of Science and Certificate in Periodontology
  • Length of Program: 36 months
  • Applicants accepted/year: 2-3


There are two applications required for the Graduate Periodontology Program: the ADEA PASS application and the University of Kentucky Graduate School application. Both applications must be submitted online-see details below. 

All Applicants:

Register and complete the ADEA PASS application here. 

All applicants must submit documentation to ADEA PASS, including:

  • Four (4) Letters of Recommendation (one must be from a Dean)
  • National Board Scores (if available for international applicants)
  • Pre-dental Transcripts 
  • Dental School Transcripts with degree granted or in-process (provided in English)

All applicants must also complete the online University of Kentucky Graduate School Application here

Graduate School Contact Information: University of Kentucky Graduate School, 201 Gillis Building (Admin Annex), Lexington, KY 40536-0297. Visit website here. Email:

  • In order for a Periodontology application to be considered, the Graduate School must recieve the application fee (see Graduate School site for details).
  • Applicants should not send official transcripts to the Graduate School at this point. Only when admitted to the Periodontology Program should an applicant provide the Graduate School with official transcripts, and NBDE 1 or NBDE 2.

International Applicants: 

In addition to the above requirements, international applicants should also be prepared to provide the following:  

  1. Bank Statement showing available funding 
  2. Proof of English proficiency
  3. Copies of passport for yourself and any accompanying family members

The Graduate School may request additional information as necessary. To see more about coming to the University of Kentucky as an international student, click here.


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 Expenses

2020-2021 Perio Program Expenses

Curriculum Expenses   Year 1   Year 2   Year 3
Tuition & Fees *            
Kentucky Resident $ 13,540.00 $ 13,540.00 $ 13,540.00
Non-Resident $ 33,216.00 $ 33,216.00 $ 33,216.00
Books $ 500.00        
Camera (Year 1 Only- Only with proof of Purchase) $ 1,500.00        
Laptop Computer (Only with proof of Purchase) $ 1,500.00        
Total Estimated Curriculum Expenses            
Kentucky Residents $ 14,040.00 $ 13,540.00 $ 13,540.00
Kentucky Residents (With Proof of Purchase) $ 17,090.00 $ 13,540.00 $ 13,540.00
Out-of-State Residents $ 33,716.00 $ 33,216.00 $ 33,216.00
Out-of-State Residents (With Proof of Purchase) $ 36,766.00 $ 33,216.00 $ 33,216.00
Living Expenses   Year 1   Year 2   Year 3
Rent ($900.00 mth x 12 mth) $ 10,800.00 $ 10,800.00 $ 10,800.00
Utilities (gas, electric, phone, internet)($400.00 mth x 12 mth) $ 4,800.00 $ 4,800.00 $ 4,800.00
Food ($400.00 mth x 12 mth) $ 4,800.00 $ 4,800.00 $ 4,800.00
Transportation (gas, insurance, maintenance, parking) ($400.00 mth x 12 mth) $ 4,800.00 $ 4,800.00 $ 4,800.00
Personal (miscellaneous, clothing) ($400.00 mth x 12 mth) $ 4,800.00 $ 4,800.00 $ 4,800.00
Total Living Expenses  $ 30,000 $ 30,000 $ 30,000

*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 $ 44,040.00 $ 43,540.00 $ 43,540.00
Cost of Attendance - Non-Resident  $ 63,716.00 $ 63,216.00 $ 63,216.00

* 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 a perio student can receive the total amount in the form of an Unsubsidized Loan.

The maximum amount of unsubsidized loan a perio 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 as follows: 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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