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Postgraduate Programs


The UCSF School of Dentistry has developed an extensive program of advanced education to provide opportunities to graduate dentists and dental hygienists. These programs are designed to prepare dentists to become specialty practitioners, teachers, and researchers, and most lead to certification in the chosen area of training.

The Office of Admissions and Recruitment distributes and collects application materials while the separate departments are responsible for the selections of their students. Each program has its own specific requirements, application deadline and timetable for applicant review and notification. Application procedures vary from program to program.

Currently, the School of Dentistry offers the following programs (Please click the program of your interest for requirements and admission information):


In addition to these degree and certificate programs, the Center for Continuing Education in Dentistry also offers lectures, symposia, clinical demonstrations, and short, hands-on participation courses that are scheduled for one, two, or up to five days. These are designed to enable the dentist or dental hygienist to keep abreast of recent concepts and techniques and to provide opportunities to explore new theories and procedures.

Brochures and further information about UCSF's continuing education opportunities can be obtained through:

The Center for Continuing Dental Education
707 Parnassus Avenue, Rm D-4010
San Francisco, CA 94143-0636

Click here to visit the UCSF School of Dentistry Continuing Education web site.


Major types of postdoctoral appointments include (1) fellowships (2) postdoctoral trainee, and (3) visiting scholar. Postdoctoral scholars come to UCSF from all over the world under many different funding mechanisms.

In some cases, departments or individual faculty members advertise for postdoctoral scholars and recruit widely for applicants. Often, individual fellows with their own funding source will approach a faculty member or department for sponsorship.

In many cases, consideration of an individual for appointment is the result of a recommendation by a colleague or is initiated by the applicant seeking sponsorship. Information about these types of opportunities should be directed to the director of the specialty program.


Various financial aid programs are available to students. These include scholarships, grants, loans, work-study, and guaranteed student loans and awards from outside agencies and organizations. Information is available upon request from UCSF Student Financial Aid and explains all of these programs and the application process in detail.

Upon admittance, students should apply to Student Financial Aid.

Note: Foreign students who are not permanent residents of the United States are not eligible for any of the federal programs available through the University nor are they eligible to participate in the Guaranteed Student Loan Program; they will need to rely on their own resources.


This office will offer international students and scholars help with questions and provide services related to visas. They also offer interesting seminars and workshops during the year. For more information, please visit the ISSO website.


The University operates and maintains a housing service. Economical off-campus housing is in short supply and great demand. Admitted postgraduate students who need housing should plan to arrive on campus at least four weeks or more before the beginning of the quarter to arrange for living accommodations. The Housing Office maintains a listing of off-campus apartments, flats, houses, rooms, and various types of shared accommodations. It is strongly urged that incoming students contact the Housing Office on their arrival for informational materials.

For further information, please contact:

UCSF Housing Services
Millberry Union 102 West
500 Parnassus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94143-0232
Tel: 415/476-2231 Fax: 415/476-6733

Student disability services

UCSF is committed to ensuring access to graduate education for all students. Early communication with the relevant administrators is critical to successful partnership in arranging accommodations. SDS is the appropriate and confidential office for seeking accommodations, and will coordinate communications and procedures with you and the graduate faculty and programs. Please visit the website and look over the student disability services info for more information.

Student Success at UCSF

Success in graduate school requires care and attention to all aspects of your life: health and wellness, community, career development, personal and professional relationships, and security and safety. UCSF is committed to providing a full range of resources and services to help you succeed. Learn more about these resources by visiting our Student Success website.