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Periodontics, M.S.

Saint Louis University’s master of science in dentistry with a concentration in periodontics will train you to practice the advanced science of periodontics and to care for craniofacial and dental problems in patients.

About the Program

This is a three-year program offered by SLU’s Center for Advanced Dental Education, in close affiliation with Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, which is located in nearby Alton, Illinois. The program requirements are conducted at both Saint Louis University and Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. The periodontic program starts on or about July 1 each year.

Accreditation and Certification

The program consists of clinical and classroom training on the graduate level in the specialty of periodontics. The 36 month program is fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Following completion of the program, graduates are educationally qualified for certification by the American Board of Periodontology.

Program Highlights

The periodontic 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

The periodontic program focuses on an extensive, comprehensive clinical experience involving diagnosis and treatment of patients with a wide variety of periodontal problems, biomedical sciences courses and research related to the discipline of periodontology. Sixty-eight credit hours are required to complete the program.

The clinical portion of the curriculum encompasses all aspects of periodontal treatment including non-surgical therapy, hard and soft tissue resective and regenerative surgery, implant surgery, ridge augmentation procedures, occlusal therapy, conscious sedation, periodontal plastic surgery and maintenance therapy.

Courses include principles of periodontics, periodontal literature reviews, conscious sedation, introduction to graduate implant dentistry, advanced implant surgery, clinical teaching practicum, periodontal case presentation seminar, clinical periodontics, periodontal systemic interrelationships, orthodontic-periodontic interrelationships, current literature in periodontics and thesis research.

  • Robert L. Blackwell, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Miryam Nathalia Garcia, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Charles F. Hildebolt, D.D.S., Ph.D.
  • Barbara A. McCracken, Ph.D.
  • D. Douglas Miley, D.M.D., M.S.D.
  • Arthur J. Misischia, D.M.D.
  • Mohamed T. Omran, B.D.S., M.S.
  • Cyril Pandarakalam, B.D.S., M.S.
  • Ryan L. Rader, D.M.D., M.S.
  • Neal W. Roller, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Bruce E. Rotter, D.M.D., M.S.
  • Allan J. Schwartz, D.D.S., C.R.N.A.
  • Allen Sclaroff, D.D.S., M.S.
The goal of SLU’s Center for Advanced Dental Education is to prepare periodontic graduates to pursue a career with many possibilities: as a clinician with a practice limited to periodontics, as a researcher or as a teacher of periodontics.
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 the following items to apply:

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
National Match Number

Requirements for International Students

Application Deadline

Applications must be completed by Aug. 1 to be considered for the periodontics master’s program beginning the summer semester of the following year.

Review Process

A committee examines and reviews the applicant and application wholly. Promising applicants are invited for on-site interviews in August and September.