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Prosthodontics Graduate Programs

The Department of Prosthodontics provides undergraduate and graduate instruction, patient care, and conducts research covering the many disciplines making up the broad specialty of prosthodontics. These disciplines include: fixed prosthodontics, removable prosthodontics, implant prosthodontics, maxillofacial prosthetics, and occlusion. The department has an affiliation with the Department of Hospital Dentistry at the University of Iowa Hospitals.

Advanced Training Program

The department offers an advanced training program leading to a certificate in prosthodontics. The certificate program satisfies the formal training requirements for eligibility for the American Board of Prosthodontics examination. The program is fully accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. The certificate program is 34 months in length with a new class beginning July 1st of each year.

Graduate Programs

Students may also elect a course of study leading to a Master of Science degree along with the advanced training program. The Master of Science degree, obtained through the Graduate College of The University of Iowa, requires the completion of an original research project, preparation and defense of a thesis and a comprehensive examination covering the specialty of prosthodontics. Due to these additional requirements, students may require more than the specified 34 months to complete both the clinical and M.S. degree. Courses of study leading to a Ph.D. are available through basic science departments or through interdisciplinary affiliations.

Individuals pursuing a Ph.D. and an advanced training certificate should plan on a minimum of five to six years to complete both programs.

Program Strengths

The graduate and advanced training programs are designed to prepare dentists for the practice of prosthodontics, with a strong background in dental research. The programs may be modified to fulfill individual interests, goals and desires while still meeting requirements for the certificate and M.S. or Ph.D. degrees. We believe that the major strength of our prosthodontic programs is the variety and depth of patient treatment experiences available to our students. Prosthodontic graduate students spend portions of their clinical time at the College of Dentistry and the University Hospitals and Clinics. Through these two clinical facilities the student will treat a variety of complex prosthodontic patients including medically compromised patients, geriatric patients and patients requiring maxillofacial rehabilitation. The student will also have the opportunity to work closely with other disciplines within the dental and medical fields including: endodontics, otolaryngology, oral surgery, orthodontics, periodontics, and speech pathology. Additional strengths include the faculty, research facilities, and technical support readily available within the department and through the College of Dentistry and the University.


Interested potential applicants are invited to contact: Susan Kluever at (319) 335-7258.

  • Dr. Julie A. Holloway, DDS, MS, FACP
  • Professor and DEO (Head), Department of Prosthodontics
  • Director, Graduate Prosthodontics
  • College of Dentistry
  • DSB S413
  • The University of Iowa
  • Iowa City, Iowa 52242
  • 319-353-4282

The minimum requirements for admission into the program correspond to the minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate College of The University of Iowa. In addition, the student must hold a D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree, or its foreign equivalent. Applicants should possess a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

In addition, for students whose first language is not English, a minimum score of 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required by the Department for admission. Candidates may also be requested to take the Test of Spoken English. These requirements are not absolute but will receive considerable weighing when applications are considered. A personal interview for the most qualified applicants is required. Final decision on the acceptance of any applicant meeting the requirements for admission will rest with the department faculty.

Formal application forms may be accessed on the Web at

Application Deadlines

Application for the program will be accepted at any time but must be submitted before September 1 of the academic year prior to the session in which admission is expected. Registration will be in the Graduate College and the student will be required to pay regular tuition and fees.