Advanced Graduate Education Program in Orthodontics

Program director: Mohamed Masoud, BDS, DMSc

If you are interested in applying to the AGE Orthodontics program and have questions regarding admissions, please contact the Office of Admissions at

If you are a patient interested in orthodontic treatment, please visit Orthodontics at Harvard .


The Advanced Graduate Education Program in Orthodontics at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine focuses on providing our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out ethical, patient-centered, evidence-based orthodontic treatment. In addition, our aim is to graduate specialists who possess advanced technical skills, a comprehensive scientific foundation, a thirst for knowledge, and the capacity to become strong leaders in orthodontics education and research.

The program places equal emphasis on clinical ability, research skills, and leadership capacity. Admission to the program is highly competitive.

Degrees Offered

MMSc (Master of Medical Sciences)/Certificate in Orthodontics

This program is directed toward the development of clinician-scholars whose career goals involve clinical teaching, research, and patient care. Students satisfy didactic and clinical specialty certificate requirements and have additional course requirements distributed among oral biology, biostatistics, and basic medical sciences. A written research proposal, prepared in the format of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant, is required, along with research experience, culminating in the preparation and defense of a thesis. The usual length of this program is three years when combined with clinical specialty training. A master of medical Sciences (MMSc) degree in oral biology with a certificate in orthodontics is awarded concurrently with the Faculty of Medicine of Harvard University upon successful completion of all requirements.

DMSc (Doctor of Medical Sciences)/Certificate in Orthodontics

The goal of this program is to develop clinical scholars in oral biology and to prepare individuals for careers as independent investigators in translational and clinical research related to problems in oral health. The program is geared to individuals with dental degrees who are preparing for full-time academic careers. Although the clinical requirements of the certificate training program remain the same regardless of the degree pursued, for DMSc candidates the course requirements and the depth of the research experience are substantially greater, consistent with the expectations for a Harvard doctoral-level research degree.

The design of the doctor of medical sciences program is directed toward the development of the following essential skills:

  • Competence in oral biology as an interdisciplinary area of knowledge;
  • In-depth mastery of a basic scientific discipline sufficient to permit original, creative investigation of a problem in oral health; and
  • Research expertise under the guidance of a faculty sponsor and thesis committee, culminating in a thesis and its defense.

A minimum of eight courses in the areas of oral biology, biostatistics, and basic medical sciences are required. In addition, the generation of a formal thesis proposal early in the research training period and satisfactory completion of an oral qualifying examination are expected. An independent research project is required that culminates in the preparation and defense of a doctoral thesis. The length of this program is at minimum four years when combined with a clinical specialty, and may exceed this time period. The doctor of medical sciences (DMSc) degree in oral biology with a certificate in orthodontics is awarded concurrently with the Faculty of Medicine of Harvard University upon successful completion of all requirements.


The program in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. For more information, please visit the Commission on Dental Accreditation website.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Occupational Employment Statistics
Standard Occupational Classification: 29.1023.00

Regulations of the US Department of Education (DOE) require institutions of higher education to disclose program cost, median loan debt, on-time completion rate, and (as available) graduate job placement information about nondegree certificate programs that prepare students for “gainful employment,” as a condition of receiving federal student aid under Title IV of the Higher Education Act.  Pursuant to those regulations, HSDM makes the following disclosures.


Costs for duration of program (based on 2011-12 actual costs)
Tuition and fees: $173,804
Books and supplies: $600
Room and board: $67,272 (total figure for three years, assuming on-time completion of the program, based on amounts budgeted for room and board by HSDM Office of Financial Aid)

Because fewer than 10 students have been enrolled in this program in applicable years, DOE excuses HSDM from disclosing (and urges that HSDM should not disclose) median loan debt amounts and on-time completion rate information, in order to protect student privacy. See Gainful Employment FAQ.

Institutions must disclose job placement information only if they collect such information about graduates for another reason (for example, for accreditation purposes). HSDM does not collect job placement information and so does not disclose it here.