Prospective Students

How to Apply


We strongly encourage interested candidates to visit the program prior to the application deadline. A visit will allow prospective applicants to meet and interact with current residents and faculty, and to see the attributes of the program firsthand. Please contact the program director to pre-arrange your visit.


Applications are accepted from May through August for admission the following academic year. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

All applicants must submit the following by August 1:

  • Online application and required application fee (see application link below)
  • Official dental school transcripts
  • Undergraduate transcript
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of intent
  • Three recommendation letters (each accompanied by a completed Ohio State University Graduate School Reference Form); at least one of the three letters must be from a periodontal faculty or practicing periodontist. Print this out and send to included address.
  • Dean’s letter (accompanied by a completed Dean's Response Form), printed out and sent to included address.

U.S. and Canadian trained dentists (or dental students) must also submit:

  • Undergraduate transcripts (Official documents)
  • National Board Examination Scores, part I & II (dental students: part I)

Foreign-trained dentists must also submit:

  • Official undergraduate transcripts, if applicable, or official high school transcripts
  • TOEFL official results (minimum acceptable score: 595 paper, 100 online) or IELTS official results (minimum acceptable score: 7.5)
  • Official translation of all foreign language documents (e.g., transcripts)

International applicants (non-U.S. citizens, permanent residents, refugees or political asylees) who have completed or will complete the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree and who wish to pursue a master’s or PhD degree, must also submit financial documentation.

Address all supporting documents (letters of reference, etc.) and questions regarding the application process to:

Jessica Maloney
Program Coordinator
Office of Graduate Studies
The Ohio State University College of Dentistry
305 W. 12th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
Fax: 614-688-5470

Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program

Beginning in 2017, we are participating in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program through National Matching Services Inc. (NMS). In addition to the application to the program discussed above, applicants must register with NMS and submit a Rank Order List of desired programs. An overview of the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program, and list of deadlines, can be found at

We do NOT participate in the ADEA PASS application service. Therefore, applicants to the OSU graduate periodontology program must apply through

Apply on-line

In the Ohio State graduate school application under Graduate Study Plan, list Graduate Programs as: Dentistry -- Specialization: PER


Following application, candidates are selected and invited for an interview. An interview is mandatory in order to be considered for acceptance. Interview dates (typically in early to middle August) are fixed. Interviewees meet with all available full-time faculty and current postdoctoral students to receive all pertinent information about the program, its attributes and problems, as well as to be further evaluated personally as to their candidacy.

Acceptance Decisions

Following the interview process, applicants are ranked for acceptance and the program's Rank Order List is submitted to NMS. The Match then places individuals into positions based on the preferences stated in the Rank Order Lists of programs and applicants. A position will be offered to each applicant matched to our program. Acceptance letters to each successful applicant inform and contain the specifics of the program, to include that the program is a combined advanced degree/certificate program, financial costs (e.g., clinical equipment, books, copy services, licenses, dues, etc.), and expectations. A formal letter of understanding and acceptance into the program is required from each successful applicant.