Certificate and Masters' Degree: Overview

The certificate and masters' degree programs are directed toward providing opportunities for the development of well-trained clinicians competent to provide broad spectrum care and teachers with a comprehensive background of clinical experience, current basic science knowledge relevant to dentistry, and an understanding of research methodology. Certificate programs are administered by the Dental School; master of science degrees are granted by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Dental Diagnostic Science, Endodontics, and Prosthodontics programs offer certificate programs with an option for a masters' degree. Pediatric Dentistry offers a certificate program with options for an MPH or PhD degree. A certificate program with a required masters' degree is the offering in the field of Periodontics. The graduate degree requires a thesis based on investigative projects, additional teaching activity, and further clinical experience than the certificate program.

Application for Admission form for Graduate Periodontics program and the link is:

Residents in Dental Public Health are required to have earned a Masters degree in Public Health prior to entering the residency.

An affiliation between UTHSCSA and Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, the United States Air Force's premier 1 000-bed medical center located in San Antonio, provides mutually beneficial faculty and student interaction. Air Force endodontic, periodontic, and prosthodontic advanced education students enrolled in fully accredited postdoctoral programs at Wilford Hall complete the first year of their training at the Health Science Center. This relationship, in effect since 1921, enhances the quality of advanced dental education in both institutions.