Degree Offered

  • Master of Science

General Information

The School of Dentistry and the Department of Periodontics offer a program of advanced study and clinical training leading to the degree of Master of Science. The program requires a minimum of thirty-four months (three academic years) of full time residency in the School of Dentistry. It is designed to qualify dentists for careers in periodontic clinical practice, teaching and research.

A stipend plus tuition waiver will be provided for graduate students in Periodontics at the end of the second year for summer session and fall/spring semesters. Special fees are not covered by the tuition waiver. You must pay special fees 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 have been 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

Program Goals

The postgraduate program is designed to train well qualified dentists in all aspects of periodontics. The program is organized into five components: biomedical science didactics, periodontal didactics, clinical activity, research and teaching. The department philosophy is to provide comprehensive training that encompasses all aspects of periodontal and implant therapy. The program qualifies the student for examination and certification by the American Board of Periodontology.

The Master of Science degree program requires the development of an in-depth research problem which must be reported in the form of a thesis.

Program Curriculum


In the first year of the program, the resident is introduced to the specialty of periodontics, its scope and its history. The resident receives instruction in the scientific and clinical aspects of periodontics and implant dentistry.

Seminars on current and classic periodontal literature will be offered in addition to case presentations and interdisciplinary seminars. The residents will also participate in didactic courses in biostatistics and research methodology. The didactic activity will be combined with supervised patient care.


The second year of the program is a continuation of the first year of training, with increased emphasis on the clinical treatment of patients and the advanced concepts of periodontics. The resident will spend more time conducting a research study and in the development of a thesis. 


Throughout the training, the resident is encouraged to be inquisitive regarding all phases of treatment and to use initiative to be resourceful. The senior resident should become a severe critic of his or her own accomplishments and be able to support clinical decisions with references from the literature. Completion or a research problem and thesis are required and the resident must successfully defend the thesis to Committee. The senior resident will be expected to present lectures and patient presentations in preparation for Board certification and future teaching responsibilities. Satisfactory completion of this year of training qualifies the resident for examination and certification by the American Board of Periodontology.

Admission Requirements

The program's admission requirements are as follows:

  • Must have passed National Dental Board Examination - Part I at the time of application and Part 2 upon entrance to the program.
  • Must have earned a D.M.D./D.D.S. degree, or its equivalent.
  • Must be proficient in the English language or provide a 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) and have all application materials in PASS by August 1. For more detailed information go to the School of Dentistry website (
  • Must obtain a match number from National Match Services ( to be considered for admission.
  • Must complete and submit 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 required immunizations. A complete list is available on the School of Dentistry website.
  • Must become familiar with the West Virginia 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 34 months (three 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 Periodontics.
  • Must pass the Mock AAP oral examination.
  • Must pass the In-Service AAP written examination with a score > 60 percentile.
  • Must successfully complete all didactic and clinical work in the required curriculum.
  • Must demonstrate satisfactory clinical competency in periodontics.
  • Complete a minimum of 95 credit hours, including 73 hours of periodontic courses and a minimum of 9 hours of selected basic science subjects, 6 hours of teaching practicum, and a research/thesis (7 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 Microbiology1
DENT 687Research Methods1
ORTH 633Orthodontics-Periodontics Seminar1
Core Classic Literature Review4
Core Classic Literature Review
Clinical Management of Medically Compromised Patients6
Clinical Management of Medically Compromised Patients
Classic Periodontics Literature Review12
Classic Peri Lit Rev
Clinical Periodontics35
Clinical Periodontics
Advanced Periodontal/Implant Surgery6
Introduction to Advanced Periodontal/Implant Surgery
Implant Dentistry6
Implant Dentistry
Teaching Practicum6
Teaching Practicum
DENT 697Research6
Total Hours95

suggested plan of study

First SemesterHours
DENT 6001
PERI 6402
PERI 6504
PERI 6642
Second SemesterHours
BIOS 6013
BIOS 6021
PATH 6012
PCOL 7651
DENT 6002
PERI 6422
PERI 6441
PERI 6503
PERI 6621
Third SemesterHours
DENT 6011
DENT 6871
PERI 6422
PERI 6441
PERI 6504
PERI 6621
Fourth SemesterHours
NBAN 7161
DENT 6901
DENT 6971
PERI 6402
PERI 6503
PERI 6642
Fifth SemesterHours
DENT 6901
DENT 6971
ORTH 6331
PERI 6422
PERI 6441
PERI 6504
PERI 6621
Sixth SemesterHours
DENT 6901
DENT 6971
PERI 6422
PERI 6441
PERI 6504
PERI 6621
Seventh SemesterHours
DENT 6901
DENT 6971
PERI 6505
PERI 6642
Eighth SemesterHours
DENT 6901
DENT 6971
PERI 6422
PERI 6441
PERI 6504
PERI 6621
Ninth SemesterHours
DENT 6901
DENT 6971
PERI 6422
PERI 6441
PERI 6504
PERI 6621
Total credit hours: 95

Major Learning Outcomes


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


PERI 640. Core Classic Literature Review. 2 Hours.

PR: Enrollment in the MS program in Periodontics. This course will allow incoming residents in periodontology to gain knowledge of classic periodontal literature as it relates to etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical practice. This will include both clinical and basic sciences topics related to periodontics.

PERI 642. Classic Peri Lit Rev. 2 Hours.

PR: Enrollment in the MS program in Periodontics. This course allows residents to develop an in-depth knowledge of the periodontal literature as it relates to research and clinical practice. Both clinical and basic science content on etiology and treatment are included. The content is divided into two major sections (fall and spring semesters) over three academic years.

PERI 644. Clinical Management of Medically Compromised Patients. 1 Hour.

PR: Enrollment in the MS program in Periodontics. This course will provide an in-depth knowledge of various medically compromising conditions and their management during dental treatment.

PERI 650. Clinical Periodontics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Enrollment in the MS program in Periodontics. Hands-on, one-on-one training with periodontal faculty on surgical techniques and procedures related to periodontics and implant dentistry are provided. This course prepares the dental resident with the skills necessary to become a specialist in periodontics through practical training on patients in a clinical setting.

PERI 662. Implant Dentistry. 1 Hour.

PR: Enrollment in the MS program in Periodontics. This course is intended to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the use of dental implants for oral rehabilitation. Treatment planning options, surgical techniques, use of different implant systems and prosthetic solutions will be discussed and critically analyzed. A multidisciplinary approach involving other dental specialties such as endodontics, prosthodontics, orthodontics, oral surgery and oral radiology is emphasized.

PERI 664. Introduction to Advanced Periodontal/Implant Surgery. 2 Hours.

PR: Enrollment in the MS program in Periodontics. The course is designed to introduce the residents to the most common surgical techniques used in periodontal and implant therapy.


Chair and Graduate Program Director

  • Gian Pietro Schincaglia D.D.S., PhD.

Assistant professors

  • Basel Danan - D.D.S.
  • Abdul Shakore, Arif Salman - M.D.S.