Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the program, you must meet the following requirements:

Application Procedures

There are three steps to the application process:

  1. Submit your application through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) by Aug. 15. You must include the following: personal essay, curriculum vitae (CV), official dental school transcript, upload scanned copies of all other undergraduate/graduate transcripts, three PASS evaluation forms (PEFs), dean's institution evaluation and all required scores.
  2. Register with the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program to obtain a match code number, which you must submit through the PASS application. The Match Program is a centralized selection service that matches applicants to programs.
  3. Submit the nonrefundable application processing fee ($60 for domestic applicants, $80 for international applicants) through the UCSF Online Payment System.

If you have international coursework, you must submit each of the following directly to the School of Dentistry, even if you submitted a copy to PASS, by Aug. 15:

  • Official transcript(s), detailed marks reports, etc. for all college-level coursework taken at a college or university outside the United States or a Canadian institution where English is not the official language of instruction. Transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution. (Please note: Photocopies, even if notarized, are not acceptable.)
  • Official course-by-course evaluation from Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., or World Education Services for all transcripts received from institutions outside the U.S., including Canadian schools where English is not the official language of instruction.

Send these items to:

University of California, San Francisco
School of Dentistry Office of Admissions
513 Parnassus Ave., S-630
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430

Please note: To be considered for a position in the program, you must meet all qualifications and submit all required documentation, including the UCSF application processing fee, by the deadline.


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

We accept five students per year in the Postgraduate Program in Orthodontics with concurrent admission into the Graduate MS or PhD Program in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences. Please note: The MS and PhD programs have separate applications.

Postgraduate students are expected to devote 100 percent of their professional activities to the program. Permission to carry out practice or other professional activities outside the program can be granted only in exceptional circumstances by the program director.