Operative Dentistry Professional Program of Study

A Certificate in Operative Dentistry must be earned in conjunction with an M.S. or Ph.D. in Oral Science.  See Oral Science in the University of Iowa General Catalog for additional information.


The Certificate in Operative Dentistry is earned through an advanced educational program that provides dentists with training for teaching, research, and the clinical practice of operative dentistry. The operative dentistry graduate program meets the educational requirements for application to take board certification examinations of the American Board of Operative Dentistry. 

operative advanced trainingApplicants to the certificate program must be graduates of an accredited U.S. or recognized foreign dental school and must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College. The department may request an interview with the applicant.

Certificate students must be enrolled in the M.S. or Ph.D. program in oral science in order to earn the Certificate in Operative Dentistry. Completion of both programs requires 36 months of full-time study. The M.S. requires additional course work as well as a thesis and oral and written comprehensive exams. Students have some flexibility in their curriculum to take courses that particularly interest them. See Oral Science in the Catalog.

Students must provide their own financial support for the certificate and degree programs including research and thesis expenses.


Application for the graduate program should be made to Graduate/International Admissions and will be processed through the Graduate College of the University of Iowa. To apply for the program go to the following weblink: http://grad.admissions.uiowa.edu/academics/operative-dentistry-certificate and follow guidelines under application procedures. Applicants should indicate 151 Oral Science as their Primary major and Operative Dentistry Certificate as the Non-primary major.

Materials to be uploaded:

  1. The Application Supplement (pdf)
  2. Dental license
  3. Three Letters of Recommendation
  4. CV
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) Report