Graduate Periodontics

Graduates of our periodontal program are expected to be leaders in the field of periodontics. 

The focus of the periodontics program educates graduate students in clinical periodontics and relevant basic sciences as well as principles of scientific investigation. This three-year graduate program leads to a Master of Science degree in Periodontics and provides a variety of clinical, didactic and research experiences. As a student at OU, you will get hands-on clinical experience interacting with a vast amount of patients requiring different periodontal care. Graduate students will also get the chance to interact with other residents and graduate students in the College of Dentistry and on the Health Sciences Center campus by assisting in the education of the pre-doctoral students.

Program Structure

The program provides a variety of clinical, didactic and research experiences. The clinical experiences available are broad and based upon a large number of patients requiring periodontal care, such as the replacement of missing teeth by placement of dental implants. 

Graduate students will interact with other residents and graduate students in the College of Dentistry and OUHSC. Periodontal graduate students will assist in the education of the pre-doctoral students not exceeding the time requirements in the program.

Key Information About the Program:
  • The start date for the three-year program is July 1 of each year. 
  • Two graduate students are chosen per year
  • Total credits for completion of the program: 78
  • Once accepted to the program, specific equipment and information will be given to the graduate student
  • Applicants with clinical experience in general dentistry after dental school graduation are highly desirable for the program 
  • Graduate Program Tuition and Fees


Graduate students of the periodontal program are expected to be leaders in the field of periodontics. With that being said, an original research project dissertation and thesis defense are required for completion of the master's program.

Observational Externship in Periodontics

For those not yet wishing to receive a master's, the Department of Periodontology offers an observational externship in periodontics for dental students and dentists who want to enhance their knowledge and skills in the field of Periodontology. This program is a non-degree program sponsored by the Department of Periodontics. Courses taken during this externship program will not receive Graduate College credit.

Specifically, the programs includes:

  • observing graduate periodontal clinic activities;
  • lecture, seminar and clinical case conference attendance.

Classroom activities involve classic, implant and current literature review seminars, clinical case conferences and other continuing education activities. 

Procedures performed in the graduate clinic on a routine basis involve periodontal osseous and regenerative surgeries; soft tissue procedures for root coverage and non-root coverage applications; implant placements with associated regenerative procedures; and ridge augmentation procedures, among others. 

*Assisting in surgical procedures will require OSHA, HIPAA and other relevant certification from the OU Health Sciences Center. If you are interested in assisting, please contact us ahead of your arrival so that we can provide a list of required documentation. While we will assist in obtaining the required certification, all relevant costs will be at the expense of the attendee. 

Program tuition is $750.00 per week for a maximum of eight weeks. The student will be responsible for all travel, incidental fees, personal computer, health insurance and living expenses above and beyond the program cost. The University has no availability for housing. Other mandatory insurance fees may also apply.  No funds, scholarships, loans or grants are available for this program from the OU College of Dentistry.

At this time, the Department of Periodontics is unable to obtain or sponsor visas for international applicants. The applicant will be responsible for obtaining their own visa and/or other travel documentation.


Application Process


  • Dental degree OR a letter from the Dean of OU College of Dentistry stating that the applicant is attending a dental school.
  • An updated curriculum vitae
  • A letter of intent

Attendance is suggested between September and April as most of the classroom activities occur during that period of time. However, the program is year-round and applications will be accepted anytime throughout the calendar year. Please contact us to verify if your time-frame for attendance will allow for maximum educational benefits and exposure. 

Acceptance in the Master of Science Graduate Periodontal program is not ensured upon completion of this program. However, this externship program will benefit participants wishing to apply to a degree-granting graduate program in Periodontics in our college or any other educational institution in the U.S. 

Externship Application (pdf)




Stephanie Ward
Graduate Periodontal Program Coordinator
Tel: (405) 271-6531

Tapan Koticha, B.D.S, M.D.S.
Director, Graduate Periodontics Program


Full-time faculty members:
Dr. Fernando Suárez López del Amo, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Yacoub Al Sakka, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. John Dmytryk, Assistant Professor, Interim Chair
Dr. Robin Henderson, Perio Chair, Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Pre-Clinical Operations
Dr. Tapan Koticha, Assistant Professor, Director
Mrs. Karen Sehorn, Clinical Assistant Professor, Dental Hygiene

Part-time faculty members:
Dr. Ray Beddoe, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. William Reeves, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Edwin Sutherland, Clinical Assistant Professor