A general dentist can earn a Master of Science degree from the WVU School of Dentistry Department of Periodontics. 

The 34-month advanced education program trains dentists for careers in clinical or academic periodontics, which will allow the graduate to practice all phases of clinical periodontics with advance knowledge in the field.

Graduate students will be trained to competency in IV sedation, laser therapy and computer-guided implant surgeries.

The didactic activity, research and teaching will involve about 50 percent of the resident’s time, and the other 50 percent (five half days a week) will be dedicated to patient treatment.

An original thesis is required.

Periodontic Program Goals:

1. To produce highly qualified periodontal clinical practitioners.

2. To prepare students to successfully complete the American Board of Periodontology examination. 

3. To provide the highest quality care to patients with periodontal treatment needs.

4. To gain a thorough understanding of the biomedical sciences related to the theory, practice and research aspects of periodontology.

5. To provide training in research, scientific writing and presentation of scientific data.

6. To produce graduates who are satisfied with their education and alumni who take pride in their program.


The Department of Periodontology faculty and program director monitor all facets of the program on a continual basis. This ensures student development according to expected levels of progress in the clinical program and that goals and objectives are emphasized during daily operation of the program.


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