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The curriculum is centered on daily clinical seminars and private instruction with each individual class. Also included are regularly scheduled orthognathic surgery conferences and seminars with other dental and medical specialists.

The postgraduate program is designed to develop skilled practitioners who can easily transition into and manage a busy orthodontic practice. The goal of this program is to teach a variety of treatment mechanics that are scientifically valid and let the residents make choices based on treatment needed on a case-by-case basis. Clinical experiences are diverse, including cleft lip and palate and orthognathic surgery cases.

An original master's thesis project is required and is designed to obtain results suitable for publication in a reputable dental journal.

The curriculum focuses on didactic and clinical materials to prepare residents in taking the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) Examinations.

It is a requirement for every third year resident to take and pass the written component of the ABO, and all residents are encouraged to complete the board certification process.

Career Profile

Graduates may choose to work in private practice or dental education.

Additional Application Information

- Applicants must have submitted an application through ADEA PASS (deadline September 15) prior to submission of the WVU Graduate application.

As indicated on the PASS Search Engine applicants should only submit the WVU Graduate application upon request.

Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline


Spring Deadline


Summer Deadline

September 15

Salary Range

$78,243 - $296,747

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

West Virginia University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. In addition, all academic programs within the School of Dentistry earned full accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation at their site-visit in 2016. The School will undergo its next site visit by this specialized accrediting agency in April of 2023.

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