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Pediatric Dentistry


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)

Program Director: Thuan Le, DDS, PhD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
University of California, San Francisco
513 Parnassus Avenue, S-630
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430


The Department of Orofacial Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, affords those dental graduates interested in undertaking postgraduate specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry an outstanding environment in which to pursue their education. The program takes maximum advantage of the academic and clinical resources available at the world renowned UCSF Health Sciences Campus, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, as well as Children's Hospital Medical Center, Oakland.


The Postgraduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry is a full-time, 36 month course of study leading to a certificate in pediatric dentistry and an M.S. degree in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences. Appropriately qualified students also have the option of pursuing a PhD degree in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences. The goal of this program is to produce highly trained specialists who will assume leadership roles in academic pediatric dentistry or private practice. The program also seeks to stimulate interest in careers combining clinical practice and research. In addition to the first class academic and clinic opportunites afforded at the San Francisco campus, the affiliation with Children's Hospital Medical Center, Oakland, provides a wealth of experience in treating pediatric dental trauma in the emergency department as well as the child with special health care needs.

This program fully satisfies the educational requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

A Certificate of Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the postdoctoral program. Graduates are educationally eligible for examination by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
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The Department of Orofacial Sciences annually accepts five postgraduate students into the Pediatric Dentistry Program which begins in July each year.

Admission requirements include:

  • DDS, DMD or equivalent degree
  • National Board Exam scores, Part I (Part I and II required from applicants who have completed their dental program)
  • TOEFL (for those applicants whose native language is not English and who have not completed at least one year of US college/university level studies). The institution code is 4840.


Submission of application through PASS:

Completed applications must be received by the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) by the deadline posted on the PASS website. They must include with their PASS application: Personal essay, curriculum vitae (CV), dental school transcript, all undergraduate transcripts, 3 PASS evaluation forms (PEFs), 1 Dean's institution evaluation and all required scores reported via the PASS application.

Applicants must register with the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program, and obtain a match code number that must be submitted via the PASS application. The Matching Program is a centralized selection service that matches applicants to programs.

Applicants must submit the following items directly to UCSF on or before Sept. 15:

Please submit the non-refundable application processing fee on the Online Payment portal (OPEN ON JUNE 1). (Domestic applicants $60.00; International applicants $80.00)

If you have foreign course work you will be required to submit the following directly to the Admission Office (even if you submitted a copy to PASS):

  • Official transcript(s), detailed marks reports, etc, sent directly from the issuing institution from all college-level course work taken at a college or university outside of the United States, or a Canadian institution where English was not the official language of instruction. (Please note: Xerox or notarized copies are not acceptable.)
  • Official course-by-course evaluation from Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. or World Education Services for ALL foreign transcripts received outside of the US including Canadian schools where English was not the official language of instruction

Send to:

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


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


For the latest information regarding tuition and fees, please check the Student Financial Aid website. Generally, in-state residency and tuition can be established after one year of residency.

Most instruments and materials necessary to complete the program are provided by the Division of Pediatric Dentistry. Books and intra-oral photographic systems are the responsibility of the student.

A stipend of $25,500 is provided for each year of the program.

Financial aid is available to eligible students through the UCSF Student Financial Aid office.


American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
California Society of Pediatric Dentistry