Department of Developmental Sciences / Program in Orthodontics


The Goal of the Graduate Program in Orthodontics

Orthodontic training at Marquette is provided in a 26 ½ months program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The orthodontic residents are certified dentists who are being trained as specialists in orthodontics.

Orthodontic faculty are certified dentists who have completed 2-3 years of specialty training in an accredited orthodontic residency program beyond their 4 years of dental school training. Most orthodontic faculty are Board Certified by the ABO.

M.S. and Certificate in Orthodontics

A 26 ½ months education in Graduate Orthodontics

The graduate program is 26 ½ months in duration with an emphasis on high quality clinical training. First year residents normally take on an initial caseload of 40-50 patients and then receive an additional transfer of 90-100 patients in the second half of their training.

It is a graduation requirement that residents execute a research project and defend a Master's thesis. The Program accepts 5 residents each year and does fulfill eligibility requirements for The American Board of Orthodontics. Approximately 20 graduate students are invited for interview every year based on the selection criteria. Marquette University School of Dentistry Orthodontics Program participates in the National Matching Service.

There is a strong commitment from the local orthodontic community and our part-time and full-time faculty provide all clinic coverage. We have 15 part-time clinical professors who have broad experience in applied orthodontics, nine faculty are board certified and five are current members of the Angle Society.

The program has two full-time faculty. Dr. T. Gerard Bradley is the director of the Graduate Orthodontic Program and Dr. Dawei Liu is the Research Director.

The Program start for incoming graduate students is June 1st, and the graduation for the second year students is in May.

Application Information

An online application is available on the Graduate School’s Web site. The application deadline is September 1st.  If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the Graduate School.


Application Requirements:

  • A completed Marquette Graduate School online application (PASS not accepted) and application fee.
  • Registration with National Matching Service is required.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges except Marquette University
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Undergraduate and dental school GPAs (Graduate Points Averages) and class ranks
  • Scores from National Board Exams, Part I and II (not required from graduates of non-U.S./non-Canadian dental schools)
  • Personal statement and curriculum vitae
  • (International Students)  TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency


Supporting Documents:

A complete application is made up of the online application, application fee, and transcripts of all colleges and universities that have been attended.   The application for admission must be submitted online, and must be submitted before any supporting documents are sent in. Documents like statements of purpose, and resumes may be attached electronically (uploaded) to the online application.

Letters of recommendation should be submitted via the online application system. 

Please see the Orthodontics page at the Graduate School.

Contact Information

For people interested in becoming an orthodontic graduate student - The Graduate School

For patients seeking orthodontic treatment - The Graduate Orthodontic Clinic