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The Department of Pediatric Dentistry offers a Certificate-Only Program and an M.S.D. Program.


Certificate-Only Option

  • Program Length: Two Years
  • Tuition: $4,420 per year
  • Stipend: $54,175 per year, PGY2: increase 2nd Year
  • Degree/Certificate: Certificate
  • Application Deadline: October 30

General Application Guidelines

  • Admission requires the D.M.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited institution.
  • United States or Canadian citizenship or US permanent residency.
  • A "B" average or ranking in the upper third of the graduating class and National Dental Board Exam scores of 85 or higher are expected.
  • Only those applications that are complete and received by the deadline are forwarded to the program director for consideration.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to see that all materials are submitted and that their file is complete.
  • Apply early!

All Applicants must:

  1. Complete PASS application.
  2. Non-refundable application fee of $145 payable at
  3. Obtain a match number.
  4. Re-applicants must fully complete a new application and pay all fees.

M.S.D. Option

  • Program Length: Two Years
  • Tuition: $53,070 per year
  • Stipend: Not offered
  • Degree/Certificate: M.S.D. and Certificate
  • Application Deadline: October 30

Additional Requirements for International Students

International students do not need to apply for a Match number, but in addition to other application materials, international students must also submit: (a) TOEFL scores, and (b) a letter of financial support. Additionally, foreign-trained dentists MUST have completed a GPR or AEGD in the United States.

Applicants who have graduated from a non-English speaking dental school and for whom English is not their first language must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). We do accept a score reported from IELTS in lieu of a TOEFL score. In order to be admitted, the applicant must score above one of the following minimum scores:

  • TOEFL Paper-Based Test: 550
  • TOEFL Computer-Based Test: 213
  • TOEFL Internet-Based Test: 90
  • IELTS Test: 6.5

The TOEFL identification number for Case Western Reserve University is: 1105

The Department code for the School of Dental Medicine is: 38

There is no financial aid given to international students enrolled in the M.S.D. programs. A letter of "proof of support" must be submitted when a student is accepted into a program. Applicants must establish that they have available financial resources sufficient to complete the program uninterrupted. All on-campus work-study employment for international students must be cleared by the individual program director and the University Office of International Students.

We recommend that applicants to all our graduate programs take the National Board Dental Exams and score at least an 85 on both parts. In many cases, and especially in the case of foreign-trained applicants, applicants have not taken this test. In this case, we require scores from another standardized test, such as the GRE, though the most qualified candidates will have taken the NBDE.

All materials should be sent through PASS. Additional inquiries to the Office of Graduate Studies:

Office of Graduate Studies
Case School of Dental Medicine
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-4905 USA

Phone: 216.368.1168

Early applications are recommended. Incomplete applications will not be sent to the program director for review.