Degree Offered

  • Master of Science

General Information

The School of Dentistry and the Department of Endodontics offer a program of advanced study and clinical training leading to the degree of Master of Science. The program requires a minimum of 30 months of full-time residency in the School of Dentistry. It is designed to qualify dentists for careers in endodontic clinical practice, teaching, and research.

A stipend plus tuition waiver will be provided for graduate students in Endodontics during spring semester of year two, and the summer session and fall semester of year three. Special fees are not covered by the tuition waiver. You must pay these each term/semester.

Inquiries concerning this program should be directed to the Office of Dental Admissions and Recruitment. Applications will be processed by the School of Dentistry. Applicants approved for admission to the program will be notified soon after interviews are completed.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. For details about the faculty, publications, and alumni information, please visit the Department website at http://dentistry.hsc.wvu.edu/education/programs/graduate-programs/endodontics/.

Program Goals 

  • Provide the education and training necessary for graduate dentists to practice in the specialty of Endodontics.
  • Provide the basis for a specialist in Endodontics to achieve Board Certification in Endodontics. 

Admission Requirements

The program's requirements are as follows:

  • Must have passed the National Dental Board Examination - Part 1 at the time of application and Part 2 upon entrance to the program.
  • Must have earned a D.M.D. or D.D.S. degree, or equivalent from a CODA accredited dental program.
  • Must be proficient in the English language and report most recent TOEFL score (if foreign applicant).
  • Must display evidence of scholastic and clinical achievement that would indicate the applicant’s ability to progress in a program of this nature. A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 is required.
  • Must apply to the program through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS)  http://www.adea.org/ and have all application materials submitted by August 1.  For more detailed information, go to the School of Dentistry website (http://dentistry.hsc.wvu.edu/education/programs/graduate-programs/endodontics/).
  • Must complete and submit a WVU Graduate Application.
  • Must participate in an onsite interview.
  • Must consent to and pass a criminal background investigation prior to final acceptance.
  • Must submit documentation of all required immunizations. A complete list is available on the School of Dentistry website.
  • Must become familiar with the West Virginia University School of Dentistry's policy and procedure for Bloodborne Pathogens and Infectious Diseases.
  • Must meet federal and university standards regarding the Responsible Conduct of Research.
  • Must be eligible for a West Virginia dental resident permit upon entrance to the program.

Degree Requirements

  • Fulfill University requirements for graduate study.
  • Complete 30 months (two and a half academic years) of consecutive full-time advanced study and clinical training at the School of Dentistry.
  • Complete an approved master’s thesis based on original research completed during the course of study in an area related to endodontics.
  • Must pass a final oral examination.
  • Must successfully complete all didactic and clinical work in the required curriculum.
  • Must demonstrate satisfactory clinical competency in endodontics.
  • Must complete the written portion of the American Board of Endodontics examination.
  • Complete a minimum of 92 credit hours, including 62 hours of endodontic courses, a minimum of 11 hours of selected basic sciences subjects, 8 hours teaching practicum, and a thesis (11 hours).
  • Achieve a 3.0 GPA or an overall competence in the student’s field. A minimum grade of B must be earned in all work attempted in the master’s program. A grade of C or below in two courses will require a faculty review of the student’s progress. A third C or below will result in suspension from the program.

Curriculum Requirements

Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
Minimum grade of B is required in all courses. *
BIOS 601Applied Biostatistics 13
BIOS 602Applied Biostatistics Lab1
NBAN 716Craniofacial Growth and Maturation1
PATH 601Special Studies in Oral Pathology2
PCOL 765Advanced Biomedical Sciences: Applied Pharmacology1
DENT 600Advanced Oral Surgery3
DENT 601Advanced Oral Microbiology3
DENT 687Research Methods1
ORTH 625Orthodontic Seminar1
Clinical Management of Medically Compromised Patients2
Clinical Management of Medically Compromised Patients
Teaching Practicum8
Teaching Practicum (Repeated)
Clinical Endodontics 32
Clinical Endodontics (Repeated)
Endodontic Theory23
Endodontic Theory Yr-Sm (Repeated)
ENDO 697Research11
Master's Thesis
Oral Examination
Demonstrate clinical competency in endodontics
Total Hours92

Suggested Plan of Study

First SemesterHours
DENT 6001
ORTH 6251
ENDO 6882
ENDO 6893
ENDO 6901
ENDO 6971
Second SemesterHours
BIOS 6013
BIOS 6021
DENT 6002
PATH 6012
PCOL 7651
ENDO 6884
ENDO 6892
ENDO 6901
ENDO 6971
Third SemesterHours
DENT 6013
DENT 6871
ENDO 6884
ENDO 6893
ENDO 6902
ENDO 6971
Fourth SemesterHours
NBAN 7161
ENDO 6884
ENDO 6893
ENDO 6901
ENDO 6971
Fifth SemesterHours
PERI 6441
ENDO 6885
ENDO 6893
ENDO 6901
ENDO 6971
Sixth SemesterHours
PERI 6441
ENDO 6884
ENDO 6893
ENDO 6902
ENDO 6971
Seventh SemesterHours
ENDO 6884
ENDO 6893
ENDO 6972
Eighth SemesterHours
ENDO 6885
ENDO 6893
ENDO 6973
Total credit hours: 92

Major Learning Outcomes


  • Provide the educational and training necessary for graduate dentists to practice in their specialty.
  • Provide the education and training necessary for a specialist to achieve Board Certification.


ENDO 688. Clinical Endodontics. 1-5 Hours.

(May be repeated for credit.) PR: Graduate of an accredited dental school and admission to the advanced education program in endodontics or consent. Clinical endodontic practice in the areas of: ordinary endodontic cases, complex endodontic cases, hemisection, root amputation, replantation, transplantation, endodontic implantation, vital pulp therapy, apexification, and bleaching.

ENDO 689. Endodontic Theory Yr-Sm. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. (May be repeated for a maximum of 23 credit hours.) Provides seminar discussions in the topics of basic endodontic techniques, advanced endodontic techniques, endodontic literature review case presentation, and advanced endodontic theory.

ENDO 690. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Supervised practice in college teaching of dentistry. Note: this course is intended to insure that graduate assistants are adequately prepared and supervised when they are given collges teaching responsibility. It also provides a mechanism for students not on assistantships to gain teaching experience.

ENDO 691. Advanced Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of advanced topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

ENDO 697. Research. 1-15 Hours.

PR: Consent. Research activities leading to thesis (697), problem report (697), research paper or equivalent scholarly project (697), or a dissertation (797). (Grading may be S/U.).


Graduate Program Director

  • Marvin L. Speer - D.D.S., M.S.
    Loyola University School of Dentistry


  • Keith L. Hildebrand - D.D.S., M.S.
    West Virginia University