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Orthodontics, M.S.

Saint Louis University’s Master of Science in Dentistry, with a concentration in orthodontics will train you to practice the advanced science of orthodontics and to care for craniofacial and dental problems in patients.

About the Program

SLU’s two-and-a-half year, full-time program in the specialty of orthodontics leads to a Master of Science in dentistry degree and a certificate in orthodontics. It provides intensive instruction and training in the biological and clinical sciences related to the specialty of orthodontics. The program typically begins the third week in June and continues for 30 consecutive months, with a 36-month option available for international students from specific countries.

Accreditation and Certification

SLU’s orthodontic program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Following completion of the program, our graduates are educationally qualified for certification by the American Board of Orthodontics.

Orthodontics Program History

Saint Louis University’s orthodontic program, among the oldest in the United States, began training orthodontists in 1948. Since then, more than 800 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 an excellent record of high-quality service to their patients, teaching, conducting research and providing service to the profession of dentistry and the specialty of orthodontics.

Program Highlights

The orthodontic program is offered by Saint Louis University’s Center for Advanced Dental Education, which strives to balance progressive excellence with the highest standards and the compassionate service of our Catholic Jesuit heritage. Our graduates leave Saint Louis University prepared to be astute and aware clinicians using an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to caring for craniofacial and dental patient problems.

Curriculum and Program Details

SLU’s orthodontics program offers three basic areas of training: an extensive and comprehensive clinical experience that involves diagnosis, treatment planning, active treatment, and retention of patients representing a variety of malocclusions and craniofacial deformities; core courses that include biomedical sciences and clinical concepts; and orthodontic research. You will need to complete 80 credit hours to graduate.

Specific courses include facial development, biomechanics, clinical cephalometrics, oral biology, surgical orthodontics, orthodontic problems related to cleft-palate patient, speech problems related to the oral mechanism, history of orthodontics, diagnosis and treatment planning, clinical diagnosis, orthodontic analysis and treatment modalities, introduction to clinical orthodontics, principles of orthodontic techniques, tip-edge brackets and the differential straight-arch technique, seminar on child and adolescent psychology, review for the ABO examination and thesis research.

View the upcoming orthodontics class schedule.

  • Eustaquio Araujo, D.D.S., M.D.S.
  • Mark C. Azar, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Nicholas P. Azar, D.M.D., M.S.
  • Brent D. Bankhead, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Rolf G. Behrents, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.S.
  • Randy K. Brown, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Margaret Cooper, Ph.D.
  • Jeffry L. Cupps, D.M.D., M.S.
  • Donald G. Eliot, D.M.D., M.S
  • John R. Firth, D.M.D., M.S
  • Patrick F. Foley, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Lynn M. Grames, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Steven D. Harrison, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Kimberly D. Haug, D.M.D., M.S.
  • Andrew M. Hayes, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Eugene W. Hayes, D.D.S., M.S.
  • J. Michael Hudson, D.M.D., M.S.
  • Lysle E. Johnston Jr., D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
  • Christopher Kesling, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Ki Beom Kim, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
  • James G. Klarsch, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Sharon Lee Mason, D.D.S., M.S.
  • William L. Mastorakos, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Julie F. McCray, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Paul A. Melnik, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Mazyar Moshiri, D.M.D., M.S.
  • Reza Movahed, D.M.D., O.F.M.S.
  • Robert J. Nikolai, Ph.D.
  • Donald R. Oliver, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Michael V. Purcell, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Kenneth B. Rowan, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Ernst M. Taeger, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Charles B. Thorton, D.M.D., M.S.
  • Hiroshi Ueno, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Kevin C. Walde, D.D.S., M.S
The goal of SLU’s Center for Advanced Dental Education is to prepare orthodontic graduates to pursue a career with many possibilities: as a clinician with a practice limited to orthodontics, as a researcher or as a teacher of orthodontics.
Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Applicant Criteria

Applicants should possess a D.D.S., D.M.D. or equivalent general dental degree.

You’ll need:

Application Requirements

Online application and fee
Three letters of recommendation
National board score test results (scores should be sent to, not required for international applicants)
Biographical goals statement
Photo (2x2 or 3x5)
Curriculum vitae or résumé
GRE Scores (SLU's GRE code is 6629)
National Match number

Requirements for International Students

Application Deadline

Applications must be completed by Sept. 1 to be considered for the orthodontic program beginning the summer semester of the following year.

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.

On-Campus Resources

Center for Advanced Dental Education Facilities

Our teaching facilities include an 18-station technique lab, a large multimedia auditorium, three classrooms, a library and three research labs. Support areas include offices, storage and sterilization areas, and a laboratory for fabricating appliances.