Application Deadline: August 15
Applicants must utilize the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) administered by the American Dental Education Association and the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (MATCH).
Click here to access the PASS application materials and instructions. Click here to access the MATCH application materials and instructions.
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 August 1.
Required Supplemental Materials
The following items must be postmarked by August 15 to the address below:
- 1-2 page CV or resume
- GRE scores that are no more than four years old (must be submitted directly to the Department of Orthodontics, not the UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School). Unofficial photocopies (or screenshot) of applicant’s score report are preferred.
- Self addressed and stamped postcard. We will use this postcard to confirm we have received all of your materials.
- TOEFL or IELTS assessment (international applicants only) less than two years old
Optional Supplemental Materials
- Any letters of recommendation in addition to those required by PASS
- 2″ x 2″ passport size photograph
UNC Adams School of Dentistry
Graduate Orthodontics – Applications
201 Brauer Hall, CB 7450
Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599-7450
Note that a tracking number is recommended so that applicants can check the delivery status of their supplemental application packet.
Please note that additional information that is not included in the list above such as official or unofficial transcripts, board scores, or ADAT scores are not required.
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All prospective students must hold a DDS, DMD or equivalent degree from a dental school.
Admission criteria are applied equally to all applicants regardless of race, sex, color, national origin or religion. Minority students are encouraged to apply.
In addition to the above items, international applicants must include the following in their PASS application:
- 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.
When you register for any tests, you should indicate the University of North Carolina at 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, unless listed here as an exception.
When requested to do so by the UNC-Chapel Hill 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 degree award.
International applicants seeking admission must complete and upload an international student data form and financial certification worksheet, available here. Applicants may submit financial certificate documentation at any time during the application process or they may wait to upload the documentation until they have received your admittance notification from the UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School. Please note these documents must be received and approved by the International Student and Scholar Services office before visa documents can be prepared.
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.
In addition to health insurance, the following stipends* are provided:
- Year One: $14,000
- Year Two: $17,632
- Year Three: $21,000
*Stipend amounts subject to continued availability and approval
Regardless of the availability of stipend support, teaching responsibilities are required as a part of the program.
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.
Program Director: Tung Nguyen, DMD, MS