Prospective Students/Residents

Periodontics Postgraduate Program

The Department of Periodontics provides instruction and clinical experience dealing with the etiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases of the periodontium in adults. This includes surgical placement of implants and implant maintenance. Experienced faculty at the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels and in continuing education conducts programs for dental professionals. The postdoctoral program is a 33-month clinical specialty training leading to a Certificate of Proficiency in Periodontics and a research experience that leads to an MS degree. The Departmental goal is to provide the predoctoral and postdoctoral student with a strong educational foundation in periodontology for their future careers in Dentistry and to contribute new knowledge through basic and clinical research in Periodontics.

Admission Requirements

The Department of Periodontics welcomes applications from both domestic and international dentists. All prospective residents must hold a DDS, DMD or equivalent degree from a dental school. Prospective applicants must submit their applications through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS).

How to Apply

The UIC College of Dentistry Periodontics Postgraduate Program participates in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS), which is administered by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). All applications must be submitted through PASS. UIC does not accept applications sent directly to the department of Periodontology.


Details regarding the PASS application cycle, materials and instructions may be obtained by contacting:

Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS)
American Dental Education Association
1400 K Street NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (617) 612-2065 (PASS Customer Service)
(800) 353-2237 (Toll-Free Customer Service)

A rolling admissions process will be utilized to fill the class. For applicants who applied last year, they should resubmit all application materials. Personal interviews will begin in June and continue until the class is filled. THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS AUGUST 15th FOR A CANDIDATE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR CLASS TO MATRICULATE THE FOLLOWING AUGUST.

International Applicants

Applicants educated mainly outside of a country where English is not the primary language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Countries recognized as English-speaking are the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada (except Quebec), Australia, and New Zealand. The TOEFL test is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), CN6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151. Please follow the PASS instructions for submission of the scores to PASS. When registering for the test, you should also indicate the University of Illinois at Chicago (Institution code 1851). Applicants should take the test no later than May to ensure that your score arrives by the application deadline. A score of 550 (213 on computer-based exam) or greater is required by all programs. TOEFL scores older than two years are not acceptable. For more information, call the Educational Testing Service at 609-771-7100.


A personal, on-site interview is required for admission except in unusual circumstances. Interviews are usually held June through August for applicants selected by the admissions committee. All interviews are scheduled by invitation from the Department of Periodontics. Faculty and applicants meet during formal interviews as well as during social events hosted by the current residents. Time is provided for applicants to ask questions of faculty, residents, and staff and to tour the Periodontics Clinic and other facilities.

University of Illinois Graduate School Application

After provisional acceptance into the Periodontology Program, students must apply to the UIC Graduate School for acceptance into the certificate, and Master's or PhD programs.

Certificate Application and requirements

Online application

Application to the certificate program would require the following supplemental materials:

  • Original Transcripts (from all professional schools and colleges)
  • National Boards- I, and II (if available)
  • Resume
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Copies of degrees, certificates, diplomas (if studied outside of U.S.)

Send ALL documents to:
Dr. Praveen Gajendrareddy, Program Director
Department of Periodontics
College of Dentistry
University of Illinois at Chicago
801 S. Paulina Street - Room 458
Chicago, IL 60612
*Use the mail code (M/C) 859 if you mail your application through the US Postal Service

Follow links below for additional requirements for the MS and PhD program applications:

MS application and requirements

PhD application and requirements

Tuition & Fees

Information on tuition and fees is available on the university website. (Refer to the "Advanced Certificate Program" row, "Range I" column.)

The Department of Periodontics equipment, book, and licensing fees are estimated as follows:

Textbooks: $1,000.00 (first year only)

Instruments and Camera: $8,100.00 (first year only)

Upon acceptance to the program a deposit of $2000.00 is required to secure a position in the class. For candidates that matriculate into the program, the deposit will be credited to their student account. The deposit is non-refundable for candidates who hold a slot and then do not matriculate.


This program is intended to provide a source of income for eligible post-graduate students. Compensation will be 20% of collected fees (applied cash) from services provided by the post-graduate student. Disbursements will be made bi-annually for total of six disbursements over a period of three years.

Estimated salaries information for dental specialists can be found on the ONET website using the SOC code 29-1029.

Message from the Program Director

Praveen Gajendrareddy, BDS, PhD
Assistant Professor of Periodontics
Diplomate, American Board of Periodontics
Post-Grad Program Director

One of our foremost goals in the Department of Periodontics is to encourage the spirit of inquiry among our post-graduate students, as we help them develop into future leaders in the specialty. Our philosophy is one that derives from critical thinking and analysis of available data. The specialty of Periodontics is constantly changing as new information becomes available. Exploring all possibilities and considering the perspectives of the faculty in our department, as well as the periodontal literature, is an important part of graduate education.

The postgraduate Periodontics Clinic is a renovated facility with state of the operatories and equipment providing the residents with a clinical training environment that is second to none. Our program has as its foundation a strong clinical experience. In addition to routine treatment of periodontitis that includes resective and/or regenerative therapy, we now have many other modalities available to us to help our patients maintain a functional and esthetic dentition. These include periodontal plastic surgery, endosseous implants, site preservation and development for implants (guided bone regeneration, sinus augmentation, block grafts). Our residents have ample opportunity to achieve proficiency in both treatment planning and execution of these surgical procedures. It is also important that our residents leave our program with the ability to critically evaluate new research, information, and products available to help in the treatment of our patients.

The City of Chicago is a tremendous resource both professionally for the programs at the UIC College of Dentistry, and personally for all who study here. The Chicago area includes a population of over 10 million people, many of whom need our services. Our location is conducive to meeting the needs of our patients as well as the educational needs of our students. Chicago is an exiting and vibrant city, though metropolitan in many ways, it is also a wholesome environment in which to live and raise a family. The opportunities to experience a wide variety of cultural, sports, dining and other activities are endless. Some of the best schools in the nation are available in the metropolitan Chicago area. The mass transit system is second to none, allowing easy commuting for work and leisure.

On behalf of the faculty of UIC, I wish you much success in your search for graduate education opportunities in the specialty of Periodontics. I hope you will consider our UIC as you are looking for a program that fits your educational goals.

Patient Referrals

We welcome referrals to the Postgraduate Periodontics clinic and look forward to the opportunity to help you with your periodontal and dental implant needs. Please click here for additional information on our services and how you can refer to us.