Doctoral (PhD) Periodontology

PhD in Medical Sciences (Periodontology) is offered for post-DDS/DMD applicants. The time required to complete the PhD will vary according to the previous training of the applicant and the nature of the research undertaken; however, a minimum of six years is required with six to seven years being the expected norm.

The deadline for Fall 2018 applications is September 1, 2017.

  • Application Deadlines
    Applications accepted May 1 to September 1 the year preceding admission.
  • Entrance Requirements

    Candidates are accepted under the general regulations of the Medical Sciences Graduate Program. Completion of a DDS or equivalent dental professional designation and at least one year of experience as a licensed dentist within five years prior to the start of the program is required with a grade point average of at least 3.0 (or equivalent qualification) in the last 60 units of course weight of their dental program. At least one year of experience as a licensed dentist within five years prior to the start of the program is also required. Preference will be given to candidates who present a master's of science degree. A suitable supervisor must be identified to support the applicant.

    As part of the admission process, selected applicants will be invited to interview.

    Admission is dependent upon the recommendation of the Department of Dentistry's Graduate Committee and the Medical Sciences Graduate Program Committee.


    While it is not a requirement to apply, preference may be given to candidates who have successfully completed the National Dental Examining Board of Canada's (NDEB) Certification Process.

    English Language Proficiency

    All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission either by:

    1. Possession of a degree or its academic equivalent from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta, in which the language of instruction is English.
    2. A satisfactory score on an approved English language examination as described below.
    • TOEFL paper-based score of 570
    • TOEFL computer-based score equivalent of 230
    • TOEFL internet-based score equivalent of 95 (with at least 20 per section)
    • CAEL minimum score of 70 with at least 70 on each subtest
    • IELTS (Academic test) score of 7.5 with at least 6 on each band

    For ELP exempt countries and institutions click here.

  • Fees

    Candidates should be prepared to support themselves for the duration of their selected program, although funding from scholarships and studentships may be obtained on a competitive basis.

    A cost-recovery clinical operation fee of $9,767/year (every year that the student is registered in the program) and an equipment and instrument-rental fee of $12,023/year (only when registered in the clinical courses) are required in addition to regular instructional and non-instructional fees which can be accessed here.

    *Please note that all fees are subject to change.

  • Program Requirements

    The requirements for the degree include coursework a clinical component and a thesis. Student progress will be monitored through an annual written and/or oral external assessment. Feedback from this assessment serves to identify areas that require additional attention by the student. The assessment will permit the development of specific clinical and/or didactic improvement objectives before the next annual assessment. Course requirements include both core courses of the Graduate Dentistry curriculum, clinical courses, and electives which are recommended by the Supervisor and Supervisory Committee based on the background of the student and the area of specialization to be undertaken

    OBIOL 500 - Oral Biology I

    OBIOL 501 - Oral Biology II

    DENT 542 - Research Methodology

    DENT 551 - Introduction to Applied Statistics

    DENT 552 - Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis

    DENT 565 - Evidence Based Dentistry

    DENT 566 - Systematic Reviews in Dentistry

    DENT 570 (6)

    DENT 571 (6)

    DENT 572 - Periodontology Seminars

    DENT 573 - Periodontology Clinics

    DENT 672 - Periodontology Seminars

    DENT 673 - Periodontology Clinics

    DENT 772 - Periodontology Seminars

    DENT 773 - Periodontology Clinics

  • Required Documentation

    Application documents required:

    Official transcripts (or a certified true copy) from each university/institute attended

    Original degree certificate (or a certified true copy) if your transcript does not indicate a degree earned. Documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized English translation.

    An official note of their class ranking (if applicable) upon graduation from dentistry.

    TOEFL or IELTS test score report (if your language of instruction in university was English this requirement may be waived)

    A letter of reference and completed appraisal template from each of the 3 different referees

    Your curriculum vitae (resume) which includes education, qualifications, publications, and previous professional and research experience.

    Letter of intent - (Describe why you wish to pursue graduate studies at the University of Alberta. If applicable, indicate your potential supervisor, the sources of funding, and a potential research topic.)

    Applicants should complete the online application ApplyGrad prior to submitting any supporting documents.

    Note: An academic record that satisfies the basic entrance requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission. Enrollment in our graduate programs is limited and the number of qualified applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available. Admission will be based on demonstrated academic excellence, an MSc or equivalent degree or strong evidence of previous research experience, the candidate's CV, the candidate interview, and the quality of letters of recommendation.

    Official documents (transcripts, degree certificates, etc.) may be required upon receiving the conditional offer of admission letter. Documents must be sent directly from the post-secondary institution to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research office.