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Dentistry (Concentration in Orthodontics)

Virginia Commonwealth University

24 months
25956 USD/year
25956 USD/year
12618 USD/year
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The Department of Orthodontics offers a 24-month advanced education Master of Science in Dentistry program. The Dentistry (Concentration in Orthodontics) program from Virginia Commonwealth University teaches the latest in clinical care in an environment modeled after private orthodontic practice.


Program goal

The curriculum is composed of seminars and small-group instruction with emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving. Contemporary concepts of orthodontic treatment are reviewed for substantive and scientific content. Also included are regularly scheduled orthognathic surgery conferences and seminars with other dental and medical specialists.

The Dentistry (Concentration in Orthodontics) program from Virginia Commonwealth University is designed to develop skilled practitioners who are prepared to grow with the future and manage busy orthodontic practices. Our goal is not only to familiarize future orthodontists with contemporary techniques but also to teach them how to interpret cutting-edge scientific information and use it to approach clinical challenges logically and practically.

The program's clinical experience consists of a wide variety of orthodontic patients, including complex cases requiring orthognathic surgery and patients with facial clefts and other craniofacial abnormalities. An original research experience is an integral part of our program with each project intended to produce results suitable for publication in a nationally circulated orthodontic journal. The successful completion of a research project is required. All senior residents present their research at the Virginia Association of Orthodontists’ meeting. The program makes students educationally qualified to take the written portion of the American Board of Orthodontics examination in the senior year. Residents are required to pass the written portion of the examination prior to graduation and are encouraged to continue and complete the board certification process. This exam is given prior to the American Association of Orthodontists’ meeting.

Students completing the program earn a specialty Certificate in Orthodontics and Master of Science in Dentistry degree. Students must complete the requirements for the master’s degree prior to being awarded the specialty certificate.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

Student learning outcomes

Graduates of this program will:

  • Formulate and conduct a relevant research project as evidenced in the completion of a master’s thesis in a publishable format for a refereed journal
  • Be equipped to practice evidence-based orthodontics
  • Have demonstrated the ability to communicate with patients, colleagues in general dentistry, dental specialties, medicine and other health care practitioners in the provision of ethical and informed patient care
  • Be proficient in:
Diagnosis, treatment planning, treatment, retention and prognosis of dental malocclusions anddento-facial disharmonyOutcome assessmentDiagnostic imaging technologiesManagement of patients with craniofacial deformitiesManagement of combined orthodontic and surgical casesUse of various fixed and removable appliances, aligner technologyUse of temporary anchorage devices and soft tissue laserUse of digital technology for records taking and treatments with aligners
  • Be eligible to sit for the Diplomate Boards of the American Board of Orthodontists

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biostatistics and Research Design in Dentistry
  • Orthodontic-Periodontic-AECD Conference
  • Interdisciplinary Care Conference 
  • Thesis Guidance
  • Biomechanics: Theoretical Basis for Tooth Movement
  • Literature Review
  • Growth and Development
  • Orthodontic Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Current Literature
  • Analysis of Orthodontic Treatment

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


92 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Personal statement
  • Academic documentation
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Additional academic requirements and regulations
  • Foreign transcripts
  • Financial certification
  • Application fee

Tuition Fee

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    25956 USD/year
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    25956 USD/year
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  • In-State

    12618 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12618 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Richmond

1071 - 1750 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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