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The University of California San Francisco Postgraduate Program in Periodontology is a full-time 36-month course of study beginning July 1st each year that integrates new knowledge in the basic and applied biological sciences with modern approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases. The curriculum is designed for individuals who wish to combine their clinical training in periodontics with a Graduate Academic Program in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences leading to an M.S. or Ph.D. degree. The program is intended to prepare future leaders in the specialty of periodontics and is well-suited for individuals interested in academic careers and clinical practice. Graduates of the program are educationally eligible for examination by the American Board of Periodontology.

The Division of Periodontology is in the Department of Orofacial Sciences in the School of Dentistry. The department is responsible for teaching the disciplines of oral and craniofacial sciences, oral medicine, oral pathology, oral radiology and periodontology. This relationship facilitates the integration of relevant components of these disciplines into an exceptionally diverse postgraduate program in periodontology.

University of California, San Francisco is one of the 10 campuses of the University of California and the only one devoted solely to the health sciences. It consists of a Graduate Division that administers a diverse group of superb graduate academic programs in basic and behavioral sciences and four top-ranked professional schools: Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UCSF has a worldwide reputation for excellence in teaching, patient care and biomedical research.

Program Director: Dr. Pinelopi Xenoudi
University of California, San Francisco
513 Parnassus Avenue, S-630
San Francisco, CA. 94143-0430

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)


The didactic portion of the curriculum places heavy emphasis on the biological aspects of the pathogenesis and treatment of oral diseases. Advanced courses in oral microbiology and immunology, virology, oral pathology, oral medicine, cell and molecular biology, connective tissue biochemistry, and biostatistics are integral parts of the curriculum. The program of study is designed to train periodontists who are capable of changing their therapeutic approaches based on new data from well-controlled scientific studies.

Approximately 60% of the overall curriculum is devoted to clinical training. Experience is provided in all acceptable modalities of periodontal therapy including hard and soft tissue grafting, regeneration procedures and placement of osteointegrated dental implants. Instruction is given in intravenous conscious sedation techniques.


  • DDS or DMD degree
  • National Board Examination scores, Part I by application deadline, Part II if matched to the program for final admission
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required only for 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.

PLEASE NOTE: If accepted into the program, applying to the MS in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences program is optional. If you decide to apply to the MS program you will be required to submit a separate application.  


Applicants must first submit an application to: Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) by the program's Aug. 1 application deadline.  They must include with their PASS application: Personal essay, curriculum vitae (CV), dental school transcript, undergraduate transcripts, 3 PASS Evaluation Forms (PEFs), 1 Dean's Institution evaluation and all required scores must be 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 Match Program is a centralized selection service that matches applicants to programs. To register and obtain a match number, please visit their website.

Applicants must submit the following items directly to UCSF on or before Aug. 1

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 must submit the following documents directly to Office of Admissions, even if you previously submitted them to PASS:

  • Official transcript(s), detailed marks reports, etc, sent directly from issuing institution from all college-level course work taken at a college or university outside of the United States or  Canadian institutions where English was not the official language of instruction. Please note: photocopies 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.

Three students are accepted annually into the program leading to a certificate in periodontology and an optional MS degree in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences. Admission is based on predental and dental school grade point averages, National Dental Board Examination scores, letters of recommendation and interviews. Applicants with clinical experience beyond dental school and/or research experience are given preference. Applicants for the combined certificate/ MS are preferred.  Please note if pursuing the MS program in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences there is a separate application process.


All students in the program are required to complete a research project and write a thesis for their graduate degree as well as prepare a manuscript suitable for publication in the appropriate scientific literature. Research projects are carried out under the supervision of a self-selected research mentor on the UCSF faculty. Extensive opportunities are available in clinical and basic science research.


One of the program's major assets is the breadth of its faculty. Over thirty periodontists who received their advanced training from twelve different institutions, participate in the instructional activities of the program. In addition to this talented group of periodontists, a large number of other clinicians and scientists participate in our training program including biochemists, microbiologists, cell biologists and individuals from virtually all dental specialties.


For the latest information regarding tuition and fees, please check the UCSF Financial Aid budget information page. Postgraduate students are expected to devote 100% of their professional activities to the program. Permissions to carry out practice or other professional activities outside of the program can only be granted in exceptional circumstances by the Program Director.


American Board of Periodontology
American Acamedy of Periodontology