Graduate Program in Endodontics

The UNC Adams School of Dentistry offers a three-year postdoctoral program leading to a certificate in endodontics and a Master of Science degree. 

Graduate Program in Endodontics

The Graduate Program in Endodontics seeks to develop specialists with expertise in all aspects of endodontic therapy, including diagnosis of orofacial pain, nonsurgical endodontic treatment,  advanced surgical techniques; provide training in both research and educational methodologies; and foster an attitude of critical inquiry and life-long learning throughout a professional career.

Upon completion of the program, the residents are eligible for examination and certification by the American Board of Endodontics.

The UNC Adams School of Dentistry master in endodontics graduate program is approved and accredited by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association.

Admissions Information

Application Deadline: July 1

Applicants must utilize the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) administered by the American Dental Education Association.

Click here to access the PASS application materials and instructions.

Prospective students have to include the following in their application to PASS:

  • Unofficial transcripts from your dental school program
  • Candidate essay
  • A letter of recommendation / evaluation from the dean of your dental school (institutional evaluation)
  • Two other letters of recommendation (professional evaluations)
  • National Dental Board Examination Result (part 1 and, when available, part 2)

Application to the UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School is not required until after students have been selected for the program. This application typically opens on or after July 1. 

Admissions Requirements

All prospective residents must hold a DDS, DMD or equivalent degree from a dental school.

Additional training such as AGD, GPR or practice experience is recommended but not required.

Admission criteria are applied equally to all applicants regardless of race, sex, national origin or religion. Minority students are encouraged to apply.

International Students

In addition to the items included in the PASS application, international applicants must include:

  • Foreign transcripts evaluation
  • TOEFL examination scores

International students are required to take the TOEFL exam, with a minimum of 90 on the internet-based test, or the IELTS with a minimum score of 7.5. The exam score must be less than two years old.

Please follow the PASS instructions for submission of the scores to PASS. When you register for any tests, you should indicate the UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School (institution #5816) as a score recipient. If you did not specify the UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School as a score recipient at the time of taking the test, you must promptly ask ETS to send your scores to us (institution #5816). No departmental code is required.

Applicants should take the test no later than May to ensure that scores arrive by the application deadline.

When requested to do so by the UNC-CH Graduate School, international applicants must submit official academic records bearing the signature of the registrar or another academic official and either a raised or ink stamp or seal of the issuing institution. Records must be issued in the original language and be accompanied by certified English translations. International applicants must also submit verification that the degree has been awarded or a copy of the certificate of the degree award.

Every international applicant offered admission, including applicants who may receive teaching or research assistantships or other awards, must complete and upload the International Student Data Form and Financial Certification Instructions/Worksheet to their ConnectCarolina Student Center after being offered admission. The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will send you information and instructions for completing and uploading these forms in order to document that you meet necessary financial requirements.

International applicants in need of financial aid may write to the Institute of International Education, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017, or review the IIE website.

Tuition, Stipend Support and Benefits

The cost of attending graduate school includes tuition, fees, and health insurance, for which the student is billed directly. Tuition and fees for the master’s programs in the Adams School of Dentistry are available through the University Cashier.

Graduate students must pay tuition and fees during all years of study and training. These charges are subject to change at any meeting of the NC Board of Trustees and a yearly increase of 5-10 percent should be anticipated each year. Estimates for living expenses are available through the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid.

Out-of-state students and international students with permanent resident status (“green card”) are encouraged to establish legal residence in North Carolina and to apply for classification as a state resident for tuition purposes. Guidelines and application forms for establishing residency are available from the UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School.

Stipends are contingent on availability of funds. Regardless of the availability of stipend support, teaching responsibilities are required as a part of the program.


Click here for the course catalog. If the page does not automatically direct you, click “ENDO” at the top.

North Carolina Licensure/Intern Permit

Students who are not graduates of an ADA-accredited dental school must complete a simulation exam as part of their NC intern permit process. Such candidates must pass and complete the simulation exam within two months of their formal matriculation in the program. If a candidate does not pass the simulation exam within the two-month interval, they cannot advance in the clinical program and will be subject to dismissal from the program.

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Program Director, Takashi Komabayashi, DDS, MDS, PhD
Olmsted Family Distinguished Professor