Advanced Pediatric Program for Internationally-Trained Dentists

Pediatric Dentistry

The University of Maryland School of Dentistry offers an Advanced Pediatric Dentistry Program for internationally-trained dentists. This Advanced Pediatric Dentistry Program is a flexible program which is designed to meet the needs of internationally-trained dentists and pediatric dentists wishing to enhance their knowledge in the specialty of pediatric dentistry.

Participants in this program attend school on a full-time basis, attending classes with the pediatric dentistry residents. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate of completion from the Office of Continuing Dental Education.

This program is not intended to prepare individuals to practice the specialty of pediatric dentistry. It is expected that the individual will return to his/her home country after gaining insight and improve his/her knowledge in the specialty of pediatric dentistry.

The didactic course will entail taking the academic courses that our pediatric dental residents take. Participants will be asked to participate in case conferences with presentations of clinical material and its relation to science. The clinical portion will include observation in the outpatient setting, sedation setting and the operating room setting. All participants will also be asked to do a research project that may lead to a journal publication.

Admission Process

After applicants have submitted all required documentation, the applications will be reviewed by the admissions committee. As required, an in-person, phone, or virtual interview may be scheduled with the applicant. Admission criteria to the Advanced Pediatric Dentistry Program includes, but are not limited to: academic achievements, demonstrated interest in pediatric dentistry, TOEFL scores and performance in previously attended academic programs, clinical experience and letters of recommendation.

Application Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Application fee ($160.00 USD)
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Personal statement/letter of intent
  • Notarized copy of dental school diploma/degree
  • Original transcripts/translated in English
  • ECE/WES course-by-course evaluation
  • TOEFL score reports
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Passport biographical page

English Language Test Requirements:

  • TOEFL (minimum 80 internet based test, 550 paper based)*
  • IELTS (minimum 7.0 total bandwidth score) please attach results*

*Scores from these exams must be no more than two years old at the time of submission of the J-1 request.


One year: $60,000 (USD)

International Student Admissions Standards

International Students who require J-1 visa sponsorship to attend the University of Maryland must demonstrate English proficiency and financial responsibility before the Office of International Services (OIS) can issue the appropriate visa document for the program of study.

English Proficiency

International students requiring visa sponsorship from the Office of International Services (OIS) must demonstrate English proficiency.  Proficiency is most often verified through the TOEFL or IELTS English Language Proficiency tests.  For students whose native language is English, the TOEFL requirement may be waived.

To find the minimum acceptable score, please access the school's admission links.

Financial Responsibility

International students who require visa sponsorship must ensure they have sufficient funding to cover the cost of the program and living expenses while in Baltimore. Financial responsibility may be proven by a variety of methods. These include the following:

  • Personal or family funds
  • Government or international organization sponsorship

The documentation must state the name of the person or organization that will sponsor the student and specify the amount of the financial support provided to the student.

If using personal or family funds, a bank statement from within the past six months must be provided. Additionally, if the applicant is receiving financial support from a friend or family member, that person must also write a letter specifying the exact amount of funding he or she will provide during the program.

The expenses of a married student are considerably more than that of a single student. In addition to funds for his or her own expenses, the married student must show an additional $5,000 per year for each dependent. A dependent is classified as a spouse and/or children under the age of 21.

Prior to processing visa paperwork, the OIS requires evidence of the minimum financial support amount committed to the applicant's education.

Health Insurance

Health Insurance is required for all University of Maryland students. The applicant must prove that he or she has coverage equivalent to University of Maryland’s minimum requirements, or purchase the policy offered by the University of Maryland to all students.

Contact Information

Students can email their application and documents to:

Keith Groves, DMin, MPC
Director of Continuing Education
University of Maryland School of Dentistry
650 West Baltimore Street, Suite 6207
Baltimore, MD 21201

Michelle Howell
Office of Continuing Education
University of Maryland School of Dentistry
650 West Baltimore Street, Suite 6207
Baltimore, MD 21201

For questions about the Advanced Pediatric Dentistry Program, contact:

Vineet Dhar, BDS, MDS, PhD
Department of Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry
University of Maryland School of Dentistry
650 W. Baltimore Street, Room 2219
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-706-7970