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Applicants should have demonstrated educational interest and aptitude in periodontics and dental implantology during their dental education, beyond the expected competencies outlined in the dental curriculum.

The program requirements listed below are in addition to the main WVU graduate application.


Step 1: Qualifications

  • Must have passed the National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Must have earned a D.M.D. or D.D.S. degree, or equivalent.
  • Must be eligible for a West Virginia dental license.
  • Must be proficient in the English language or report a recent Test of English as a Foreign Language (ToEFL) score (foreign applicants).
  • Must display evidence of scholastic and clinical achievement that would indicate the applicant's ability to progress in a program of this nature. Generally, a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 is required.


Step 2: Apply to WVU

The University application and instructions are available at:

Criteria to evaluate candidates include:

  • Letter of interest and career goals
  • Current resume
  • Dental school transcripts
  • NBDE (Part 1 and 2)
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from clinical, one from basic sciences and the Dean's letter of evaluation addressing the applicant's clinical skills, communication skills, maturity and likelihood of success in the program
  • Personal interview
  • Proficiency in the English language, both written and spoken
  • Congruence between the applicant's skills and abilities and the periodontics graduate program goals and objectives. 
  • Secondary application: Complete and upload it under the supplemental information tab/section on the application.

The application deadline is Oct. 1, 2017.

The University application and instructions are available at:

Official academic transcripts must be submitted directly to:

WVU Admissions Office
One Waterfront Place
PO Box 6009
Morgantown, WV 26506-6009


Step Three: Interview

While an invitation to appear for an interview should not be construed as evidence of acceptance, it is a requirement that assists the committee in its selection process. All applicants receiving an interview are required to submit a West Virginia University Graduate Program Application and $60 application fee.

Once your application and supporting materials are processed and received by the School, they will be reviewed by the Periodontics Graduate Program Selection Committee. If you have any questions regarding the program or application process, please contact the Office of Dental Admissions, Recruitment and Access at (304) 293-6646, fax (304) 293-8561 or

The application and payment instructions are available at


Step 4: Acceptance

Applicants approved for admission to the program will be notified after interviews are completed.

All residents will be subject to a criminal background check by fingerprinting or the most recent technology available. Residents may not begin their training program beyond the orientation phase until criminal background checks have been submitted and accepted. Program information is available at

All residents must become familiar with the WVU School of Dentistry's policy and procedure for bloodborne pathogens and infectious diseases.

In addition, they must:

  • Consent to and pass a criminal background investigation prior to final acceptance.
  • Submit documentation of required immunizations including of vaccination for rubella, rubeola, mumps, hepatitis B, tetanus, meningococcal, meningitis, varicella and polio as well as provide evidence of a negative PPD test performed with 12 months. A positive PPD test result must be accompanied by an appropriate chest X-ray report and follow-up treatment plan.
  • Meet certain federal and University standards regarding the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). To comply with these standards, all individuals admitted to the D.D.S. and dental graduate programs must successfully complete the Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research (BRCR) online course offered by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). The BRCR course must be completed no later than 30 days after beginning your first semester in the education program. Failure to satisfy this requirement within the specified period of time will impact your enrollment.
  • Be eligible for a West Virginia dental license or an intern/resident permit.