Esthetic, Digital, and Operative Dentistry, Boston University Henry M Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Last updated on April 12, 2024.

Boston University Henry M Goldman School of Dental Medicine

  • Massachusetts
  • Esthetic, Digital, and Operative Dentistry
  • bu.edu
Program Size
3 (estimate)
Program Length
12-60 months
Application Deadline
December 1
Program Start
July 1

Program Contact

Dr. John Ictech-Cassis

Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Postdoctoral Admissions
635 Albany Street, G-146
Boston, Massachusetts, 02118

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CAGS (Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study) in Esthetic, Digital, and Operative Dentistry
http://www.bu.edu/academics/sdm/programs/operative-dentistry/cags/

The 24-month certificate of advanced graduate study (CAGS) program offers advanced education in the conceptual, biological, and practical components of esthetic, digital, and operative dentistry. The program includes training in basic sciences, biomaterials, lecture presentation, research methods, and the clinical aspects of restorative dentistry, as well as didactic and clinical experience in CAD/CAM technology and other digital techniques for comprehensive dental treatment. Other didactic activities include lectures, seminars, digital laboratory experiences, and preclinical training. The clinical component of the program includes patient care, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment planning, the significance of periodontal health, esthetic restoration and cosmetic dentistry, and conventional restorative procedures.

MSD (Master of Science in Dentistry) in Esthetic, Digital, and Operative Dentistry
http://www.bu.edu/academics/sdm/programs/operative-dentistry/msd/

The MSD program requires a minimum of one year in addition to the time commitment for the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Esthetic, Digital, and Operative Dentistry and entails a research project, thesis, and thesis defense.

DScD (Doctor of Science in Dentistry) in Esthetic, Digital, and Operative Dentistry
http://www.bu.edu/academics/sdm/programs/operative-dentistry/dscd/

A limited number of candidates are accepted into this DScD program, which takes at least three years in addition to the time commitment for the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Esthetic, Digital, and Operative Dentistry to complete. Candidates must complete all basic science and clinical requirements for the CAGS program. The program also requires that candidates complete a major research effort related to esthetic, digital, and operative dentistry, a doctoral dissertation, and a dissertation defense. This research is usually conducted in conjunction with research faculty of the University. At the discretion of the program director and/or department chair, research students may participate in clinical activities during their research years.

Combined Esthetic, Digital, and Operative Dentistry and Dental Public Health
After successfully completing two years of advanced esthetic, digital, and operative dentistry and one year of dental public health, the student receives a CAGS in Esthetic, Digital, and Operative Dentistry and an MSD (Master of Science in Dentistry) in Dental Public Health. A student who completes two years of advanced esthetic, digital, and operative dentistry and a minimum of three years of dental public health and dissertation receives a CAGS in Esthetic, Digital, and Operative Dentistry and a DScD (Doctor of Science in Dentistry) in Dental Public Health. Indicate your interest in the combined Esthetic, Digital, and Operative Dentistry CAGS and Dental Public Health MSD or DScD in the Questions section. You do not need to submit a separate application for Dental Public Health.

Program Information

Program Type Esthetic, Digital, and Operative Dentistry
Program Code OP8
Degrees Offered Certificate, Masters, Other
Program Size 3 (estimate)
Program Length 12-60 months
Application Deadline December 1
Program Start Date July 1
Supplemental Application No
Supplemental Fee Yes
Stipend Offered No
Match Participating No
Program Website bu.edu

Application Requirements

Required Standardized Tests

  • INBDE
  • NBDE1
  • NBDE2
  • TOEFL
  • Passing the INBDE before matriculation into the advanced dental education program
  • U.S.-educated dentists must pass the INBDE or NBDE Pt. 2 prior to matriculation into program.

Supplemental Requirements

  • Requires supplemental fee

Transcript Evaluation and Instructions

U.S./Canadian applicants must provide their undergraduate transcript(s) within the PASS application. Unofficial copies of undergrad transcripts uploaded by the applicant may be used for application purposes, but official transcripts are required for matriculation. 

International applicants must submit either the ECE or WES dental school transcript course-by-course translation and evaluation directly through PASS. 

TOEFL Requirement Instructions

TOEFL is required for all applicants who are not US citizens or US Lawful Permanent Residents, and whose first language is not English. Request official TOEFL scores from ETS in the ADEA PASS application. Only official scores are considered.  

  • Minimum score is 90 iBT.
  • TOEFL iBT Home Edition is accepted.
  • TOEFL Essentials is NOT accepted. 
  • IELTS is NOT accepted.

International applicants who have earned a degree from an accredited United States or Canadian English-speaking institution may be exempted from the TOEFL requirement. 

International Student Eligibility

This program will consider applicants who graduated, or plan to graduate, from a non-CODA accredited dental school: Yes

Applicants are eligible to enroll if they are:

  • US Citizen
  • US Permanent Resident
  • Canadian Citizen
  • Canadian Permanent Resident
  • Non-US Citizen/Resident (program offers sponsorship)

Additional Information

Request official test results within the ADEA PASS application.  Do not send official scores or documents to Boston University unless requested.