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*Orthodontics Program no longer participates in the MATCH program and application deadline has changed*



The Department of Orofacial Sciences at the UCSF School of Dentistry consists of five divisions:

  • Craniofacial Anomalies
  • Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
  • Orthodontics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontology

The Orthodontics Program (website: UCSF Orthodontics Program) is a full-time program, requiring 36 months in active residence beginning in July each year. The program is fully accredited and meets the educational requirements of the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). It is designed to prepare future leaders in the specialty of orthodontics, who are qualified for academic careers as well as for clinical practice.

The orthodontics program provides a balanced education with a strong emphasis in active clinical experience, didactics and research. The program combines a foundation in basic sciences with clinical and behavior training relevant to the delivery of orthodontic treatment. Postgraduate students participate in the prevention and correction of malocclusions and facial disproportions to achieve the best functional and esthetic results in growing children as well as in adults. Emphasis is placed on facial morphology and growth and on the function of the neuromuscular system. Instruction is presented through lectures, seminars, demonstrations and conferences and is supplemented and emphasized by clinical treatment of patients.

A certificate in Orthodontics and an MS degree in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences are awarded upon satisfactory completion of the postgraduate program. This program also offers an Orthodontics certificate combined with a PhD degree in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences. This option is highly recommended for those applicants intending to pursue academic careers. All graduates are educationally eligible for examination by the American Board of Orthodontics and are required to take the written examination at the end of the program. For detailed information regarding the program, please access the program website here.

For questions regarding admissions and application procedures, please contact:

Daliah Williams, Admissions Coordinator
Office of Admissions
513 Parnassus Avenue, S-630
San Francisco, CA. 94143-0430
(415) 476-2737 Ext. #3 (voice)
(415) 476-4226 (fax)

For detailed information regarding the program, please access the program website here.


PLEASE NOTE: If selected to the program the MS in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences has a separate application process.


Applicants must first submit an application to Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) by the program's August 3rd deadline. They must include with their PASS application: Personal essay, curriculum vitae (CV), dental school transcript, undergraduate transcripts, 3 Personal Potential Index (PPI) evaluations, 2 PASS evaluation forms (PEFs) and 1 Dean's institution evaluation form.

Applicants must submit the following items directly to UCSF by August 3rd:

University of California, San Francisco
Dental Admissions Office
513 Parnassus Avenue, S-630
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430

Postgraduate Application Fee Form with non-refundable $60 fee ($80 for international students, including Canadian citizens) to:

UCSF Office of the Registrar
P.O. Box 742908
Los Angeles, CA 90074-2908

Do not send any transcripts, letters of recommendation, other documents or correspondence to this address.

Following review of completed applications, selected candidates will be invited for an interview.

The Division of Orthodontics accepts five students per year into the Postdoctoral Program in Orthodontics with concurrent admission into the Graduate MS or PhD Program in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences.  There is a separate application for the MS or PhD programs.

PLEASE NOTE: Only those applicants who meet all admissions qualifications and submit all required documentation within the deadline, including the UCSF application with fee, will be considered for a position.


If accepted into the program a verbal confirmation is required within two days of the offer.  Once verbal confirmation is given a non-refundable deposit of $3,000 (which will be applied toward the applicant's registration fee) is required within two days. The deposit will be required using the deposit fee form and Express Mail option via the USPS.  Once the payment is sent, the applicant must contact the admissions office to provide the Express Mail tracking number.  Applicants who fail to pay the deposit within the period stipulated will have their offer of admission rescinded.


Postgraduate students are expected to devote 100% of their professional activities to the program. Permission to carry out practice or other professional activities outside of the program can only be granted in exceptional circumstances by the Program Director.  For details in regards to the tuition for the program, please see the Financial Aid website.