Advanced Dental Studies, MADS

The MADS program offers participants a graduate degree, and the ability to concentrate in one of seven dental specialties through a carefully designed hybrid program consisting of both synchronous and asynchronous online courses as well as in-person clinical rotations during spring. Participants will learn to operate in an integrated healthcare system, communicate effectively with multiple clinical disciplines and develop targeted preventive and therapeutic strategies which are supported by evidence. In the clinical rotations, students will observe various clinical procedures and work with specialty program residents to review cases, develop diagnosis and treatment planning. Students can pursue a MADS with concentration in the following areas: Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Medicine, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics.

Directed to both domestic and international dentists, MADS is designed for clinicians who wish to enhance their knowledge in a clinical discipline or improve their qualifications when applying to U.S. residency programs. The program also serves international dentists with U.S. specialty degrees whose home country requires a Master’s degree for recognition of the specialty or U.S. graduates of specialty programs who wish to refresh their knowledge in their field through a structured program. The MADS program is unique among U.S. dental schools, allowing dentists to pursue professional enrichment to enhance their career while providing the flexibility to do so while continuing their dental practice or training.

This degree requires a minimum of 16 Credit Hours.


MADS Core Curriculum (each of the 7 specialties will complete these courses)

Systematic Reviews
Head and Neck Anatomy
Maxillofacial Radiology
Grand Rounds Conference
Wound Healing
Interdisciplinary Seminars Grand Rounds

Endodontics MADS 

Literature Review I
Literature Review III
Topic Presentation I
Literature Review II
Literature Review IV
Topics Presentation II

Oral Medicine MADS

Biological Systems
Brightman Conference
S. Gary Cohen Conference (Fall and Spring)
Oral Medicine
Brightman Conference II
Cohen Conference II
Oral and Maxillofacial Complex
Oral Medicine Rotation


Comprehensive Review of Pediatric Dentistry I
Embryology, Genetics, and Congenital Malformation
Comprehensive Review of Pediatric Dentistry II
Pediatric Rotation


Implant Dentistry
Introduction to Periodontology
Classic and Current Literature Review
Periodontics Case Presentation
Periodontal Prosthesis Case Presentation Fall
Fundamentals of Periodontics Fall
Classic and Current Literature Review Spring
Periodontics Case Presentation Spring
Periodontal Prosthesis Case Presentation Spring
Fundamentals of Periodontics Spring


Case Presentation I
Penn Orthodontic Department Lecture Series I
Orthognathic Surgery/TMJ Lecture Series I
Orthodontics II
Case Presentation II
Orthognathic Surgery/TMJ Lecture Series
Orthodontics Rotations
Penn Orthodontic Department Lecture Series II


Introduction to Advanced Fixed Prosthodontics
Introduction to Advanced Removable Prosthodontics
Literature Review Seminar
Treatment Plan Seminar
Current Literature Review Seminar
Literature Review Seminar II
Treatment Plan Seminar II
Prosthodontics Rotation
Current Literature Review Seminar II

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.