Saint Louis University

The Center for Advanced Dental Education (CADE) offers advanced dental education in the areas of Endodontics, Periodontics and Orthodontics that prepares students for specialty practice and satisfies the education requirements of the respective specialty boards. A Certificate of Proficiency and Master of Science in Dentistry degree are awarded after the completion of all requirements of the respective specialty program. Other programs, including postdoctoral fellowships and other special course work for non-degree and non-certificate students, may be provided in special circumstances.

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Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Summer: Sept. 1 (International: Sept. 1) Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G and NDE scores; Resume; Professional Goal Statement; Match Number; 2x2 recent photo of applicant
(Advantages of the web application)
Fall: No admittance
Spring: No admittance
Tel. No.: 314.977.8611
Executive Director: John F. Hatton, DMD
Program Director: Rolf G. Behrents, DDS, MS, PhD

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students:

Applicant Criteria: The Orthodontic Admissions Committee examines and reviews the applicant and application wholly. 

Orthodontic Application Review Process: Promising applicants are invited for on-site interviews beginning in October. The orthodontic program subscribes to a national matching service and the "tell date" occurs in late November or early December.

Admission Statistics: Each entering class consists of 14 students. 

Rankings/Honors: CADE has a proud tradition of excellence--one which strives to balance progressive excellence with the highest standards and the compassionate service of our Catholic, Jesuit heritage. | About CADE 

Credit Hours/Coursework: The Center for Advanced Dental Education at Saint Louis University offers a two-and-a-half year program in the specialty of orthodontics that leads to the Master of Science in Dentistry degree and a certificate in Orthodontics. This period of full-time study provides for intensive instruction and training in the biological and clinical sciences related to the specialty of orthodontics. | Orthodontics Course Descriptions

Program Description: The program offers clinical, didactic and research training on the graduate level in the specialty of orthodontics. The program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association, well-rounded and provides balanced training in clinical orthodontics, biomedical sciences, and discovery. 

Career Possibilities: Our goal is to prepare the graduate to pursue a career of many possibilities: as a clinician with a practice limited to orthodontics, as a researcher, or as a teacher of orthodontics. 

Curriculum & Program Details: Instruction in the basic sciences at the postgraduate level is designed to provide broad and in-depth knowledge concerning the human form beyond that learned in dental school. | Core Curriculum

About the Orthodontic Faculty:  The orthodontic faculty is presently composed of approximately 50 full-time and part-time members, most of whom are practicing orthodontists. This broadly-based group of individuals (they have advanced degrees from many different universities) is relatively large (7.00 full-time equivalents) and has many talents and strengths. | CADE Directory

Scholarships & Financial Aid: The University has established a Student Financial Services Department committed to removing the financial barriers to education for students with limited resources. Several forms of financial aid assistance for students may be secured through the University and other sources. Information is available at the Student Financial Services Office. A limited number of special fellowships are available to some students in the second year of the program; these are awarded through the Center. The SLU Orthodontic Alumni are active in their support of the students and the program. | What Will My Education Cost?  | Affording Graduate Studies at SLU | Student Financial Services at SLU

Program Highlights:  Our program, which is one of the oldest orthodontic programs in the U.S., began training orthodontists in 1948. Since then, over 700 students have studied and earned their degrees at Saint Louis University; the SLU orthodontic program has produced more orthodontists than any program in the world. Our alumni have compiled an excellent record of accomplishment by providing high-quality service to their patients, teaching, conducting research, and providing service to the profession of dentistry and the specialty of orthodontics. | Alumni & Friends