Program Description

The Advanced Dental Education Program in Periodontics places specific emphasis on various high-level technique procedures to include esthetic prosthetic related mucogingival surgery, root form implant placement, preparatory augmentation, and repairs. Training includes both didactic and clinical components as well as research.  An optional master of science (MS) degree or master of science in dentistry (MSD) degree track is available to students currently enrolled in the certificate program.

The goals of the Advanced Dental Education Program in Periodontics Program are:

Goal 1: To train graduate students in the science of periodontics, including contributions from the literature, have an understanding of periodontal pathology, and understand the history and current rationale for performing clinical procedures in periodontics. 

Goal 2: To train graduate students to be able to perform at the level of proficiency the full range of clinical procedures which are considered essential to establish a dentistry practice in the field of periodontics. 

Goal 3: To train graduate students to be able to design, carry out and report a periodontal research project under the guidance of and collaboration with a graduate faculty member and to encourage graduate students to become Diplomats of the American Board of Periodontology. 

Goal 4: To train graduate students to be able to teach in both didactic and clinical areas of pre-doctoral periodontics at the level of a junior faculty member with the intent to enhance their ability to communicate with peers. 

Goal 5: To train graduate students to be able to successfully complete the American Board of Periodontology Certification Exam. 

Goal 6: To train graduate students to be able to achieve successful careers in clinical practice, research and/or dental education.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

As part of new federal regulations, LLU is providing required information regarding the following gainful employment (GE) program.  The following link will provide information regarding the cost of the certificate, financing available, median debt, normal timeframe for completion, and job placement rates for students that have completed this program. To view this information, Click Here.

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Program Length

Thirty-six months

Possible Careers

Periodontist in private practice or in local, state, or federal public health services.

Application Deadlines

There are currently no published application deadlines.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements – Periodontics
  1. The applicant must have a DDS or equivalent prior to entering the program.
  2. Official transcripts mailed directly from each post-secondary institution from which you have received credit, including colleges and dental school.
  3. A minimum cumulative dental school GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  4. Successful completion of the National Board Dental Examination Part I and Part II (when available) is required of all applicants who have or are currently completing dental school in the United States. Official score report must be mailed from the ADA to Loma Linda University. 
  5. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who have known and worked closely with you.

Applicants who have transcripts from non-US dental schools must submit a translated course-by-course transcript report from one of the following agencies (See International Transcript Information):

  1. World Education Services (WES) *
  2. American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
  3. Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc (ECE)
  4. American Education Research Corporation (AERC)

Official Degree Certificate (for all international applicants) - Any foreign transcript (or mark sheet) that does not list on it the graduation information, including the actual degree earned, must be supported by an official degree certificate or school-verified copy of the degree certificate mailed directly from the issuing institution to Admissions Processing, Loma Linda University.

Dental License (for all international applicants) - All applicants who have received their dental school training outside of the United States or Canada must have a current dental license from their country and submit a notarized copy with their application.

In addition, an English Proficiency test score is required for all International applicants as well:

English Proficiency Exam - Regardless of nationality or citizenship, an applicant whose native language is not English or whose secondary education has been given outside the U.S. is required to pass one of the following English proficiency tests:

  1. TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the test date.  The institution code for Loma Linda University is 4062. TOEFL minimum scores are: 80- Internet-based test, 550 - Paper-based test, including a minimum final score of 5.0 on the TWE part (Test of Written English)
  2. IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. LLU minimum score is 6.5
  3. MELAB LLU minimum score is 77


There are no specific courses required for this program. Please reference the Admissions Requirements.
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Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2023-2024

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Tuition $76,640 $76,640 $76,640
Fees $5,620 $5,620 $5,620
Books & Supplies $2,000
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms) $23,040 $23,040 $23,040
Total $107,300 $105,300 $105,300


Expected costs for the 2023-2024 academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2023-2024, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Months enrolled 12 12 12
Food and Housing $3,600 $3,600 $3,600
Miscellaneous Personal Costs


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.