The three-year Master of Periodontics degree is designed to train competent periodontists to practise the full scope of periodontics and surgical implant dentistry using an evidence-based approach to treatment.

The program provides students with a variety of clinical experiences, emphasizing thorough patient evaluation and accuracy in diagnosis and treatment planning. Students will be trained to manage patients who are in need of treatment for a variety of periodontal diseases and mucogingival defects, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD), dental implant therapy, and conscious sedation. Students will also participate in a research project.

Graduates of this program are eligible to write fellowship exams for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in Periodontics and the American Board of Periodontology Diplomate Exams.

Admission requirements

  • Candidates must have completed a minimum of an accredited four-year DDS program (ie programs in Canada, US, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia) and be eligible for student licensure in the province of Nova Scotia.
  • A minimum A- average is required for the last two years of study.
  • Students for whom English is not a first language must submit a TOEFL score above 600 (or the equivalent score on a comparable test).
  • Applicants who graduated from a pre-doctoral dental program more than five years prior to application must demonstrate evidence of clinical practice within the last two years.

Please note: Given that the number of applicants exceeds the number of positions available, a record that satisfies the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

How to apply

A. Submit an application form

To apply, fill out an application form. [PDF - 184Kb]

B. Submit supporting documents

Send to the Department of Dental Clinical Sciences (address below):

a) transcripts of university education and all other post-secondary education transcripts

b) copy of National Dental Examining Board certificate (if attained)

c) two letters of reference [PDF - 40kb]. These letters must be sent directly by the referees to the address below. At least one of the letters must be from a periodontics faculty member.

d) a one-page essay outlining your reasons for choosing the periodontics program and career aspirations

e) proof of English-language competency, if appropriate

The application deadline is June 1 of the year before the program begins. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all documentation has been received by the Faculty of Dentistry by the deadline. Applicants who are being considered for admission will be required to attend an assessment interview at Dalhousie.

The Faculty of Dentistry will contact applicants on the following important dates:

  • Early June: confirmation of receipt of completed application packages
  • Late June: arrange interviews for competitive applicants
  • July/August: interviews take place for competitive applicants

Accepted candidates

Acceptance into all programs within the Faculty of Dentistry is conditional upon receipt of a completed immunization record and criminal records check.

The start date will be mid-June.

Accepted applicants must submit a $200 tuition deposit by the date specified in the acceptance letter. Two students are normally accepted into this program each year.

Learn more about applying for graduate studies.

Mailing address for supporting application documents:

Department of Dental Clinical Sciences
Faculty of Dentistry
5981 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada  
B3H 4R2

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