Periodontics Admission Policies


  • Applicants must have a DMD/DDS from a dental education program accredited by the American Dental Association Council on Dental Accreditation.
  • Applicants must have a U.S. citizenship or permanent residency in the United States of America.
  • Applicants should have successfully completed part I of the National Board Examination prior to applying for admission and must complete part II before they beginning the program.
  • Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, photograph, personal statement, and at least three letters of recommendation.
  • Advanced Dental Admissions Test (ADAT) is recommended but not required.
  • Candidates for admission should possess good academic credentials and should demonstrate a definite interest in periodontics.  Priority is given to candidates with a US or Canadian license, but candidates with non-US DDS license are encouraged to apply.
  • Detroit Mercy Dental is committed to diversifying its student body and the dental workforce.  Guided by our mission as a Jesuit & Mercy institution, in alignment with the values of social justice and equity, our vision of diversity also includes individuals from educationally and economically disadvantaged populations, as defined by HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration).
  • Additional experience beyond dental school including internships, residencies, private practice, etc will strengthen the applicant's credentials.
  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry Supplemental Materials: A link will be sent to all applicants after submission to AADSAS. There, you will pay the non-refundable application fee ($75.00 USD) and upload a photo of yourself.


Application process through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service program (PASS).

The Department of Periodontology at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry accepts three students each year into the graduate program. Applications for admissions to the periodontic program will be available in May through ADEA's PASS program.


The application must be completed and returned to PASS by November 2nd of the year preceding your desired registration. The completed PASS application should include all documents requested by PASS. On the PASS web site is a connecting link to the University of Detroit Mercy's periodontic program.