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Clinical Specialty Program in Endodontics

Certificate of Proficiency in Endodontics Combined With Master of Science Heading link

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The clinical specialty program in endodontics is a full-time program that requires twenty-four consecutive months to complete. The program has been designed to satisfy the needs of those who wish to acquire greater skill, knowledge, and experience in endodontics, as well as a background in biological sciences.

Read more about the Endodontics Department

Program Description

Those who complete the course of study fully meet the educational requirements for certification by the American Board of Endodontics and state licensing bodies for the specialty practice of endodontics. The program includes participation in formal lectures, seminars, and laboratory courses; pursuit of endodontically oriented research; teacher-assisting in undergraduate teaching of endodontics; and treatment of patients in the endodontics clinic. Upon completion of the course, students are awarded a certificate of proficiency by the College of Dentistry. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

Arrangements can generally be made for selected students who meet Graduate College requirements to register for an M.S. degree. Applicants who are accepted in the certification program are not guaranteed that admission to the Graduate College will be granted. The combined program requires two or more academic years of full-time attendance to complete. Students who successfully complete this program will receive a Certificate of Proficiency in Endodontics and a Master of Science degree.

Tuition & Fees

Information on tuition and fees is available on the UIC tuition page.  (Select “professional tuition & fees” and refer to the “Advanced Certificate in Endodontics” row, “Range I” column.)

Note: Accepted applicants are required to pay a $70 application fee ($120 for international applicants) for admissions into the Endodontics Program. An additional $70 application fee ($120 for international applicants) will be charged to applicants who choose to apply to MS program. These are two separate fees.

The Department of Endodontics equipment and book estimates are as follows:

1st year postgraduate: $34, 900  (includes microscope)

2nd year postgraduate: $2,900

Hear about the program from a former resident

Admissions Requirements

The UIC College of Dentistry Endodontics Program accepts both U.S. and International applicants. Each year a total of 5 applicants are accepted into the program. It is a two year full-time program which leaves little to no time for work. If accepted into the program the applicant must pay a $70 application fee ($120 for international applicants). An additional $70 application fee ($120 for international applicants) will be charged to applicants who choose to apply to MS program. These are two separate fees. The cost of the program for tuition and University fees is approximately $41,151 a year. The additional estimated cost of required equipment and supplies for each of the two years is listed below under “Tuition & Fees”. The 2025 24-month Advanced Education Program in Endodontics will begin July 1, 2025. All residents must also attend a mandatory 2-day orientation prior to program start date.

You will be able to apply for the 2025 admissions cycle in May 2024 through the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Please visit the ADEA website for more information on PASS or to begin the application process. We encourage applicants to apply early in the cycle since we review applications on a rolling basis and typically schedule interviews in mid to late July.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should apply through the online PASS application. The online ADEA PASS system requires the following information:

  • Online Application
  • Personal statement explaining why you want to be in our 2-year Endodontic program
  • Dental school transcripts
  • TOEFL exam results (For international students only. A passing score is our minimum requirement. Visit the ETS website for more information on the TOEFL exam.)
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • National Board scores required
  • ADAT required

*No supplemental application materials are required. The Admissions Committee reviews all application materials through the ADEA PASS.

Contact Us Heading link

Blanca E. Luna
Assistant to the Head
Department of Endodontics (MC 642)
801 South Paulina Street, Room 304G
Chicago, IL 60612-7211
(312) 996-7514