Division of Endodontics


Graduates will promote optimal health through education, patient care, research and service.


The graduate program in Endodontics at the University of Minnesota is one of the oldest endodontic programs in the United States, with a long and distinguished history of contributions to the specialty through our research efforts and our graduates. A master’s thesis is required. 

Instruction includes extensive exposure to the scientific literature that forms the knowledge base of endodontics. A wide array of new technologies and instruments are incorporated into the educational program. Didactic instruction is in the form of traditional classes as well as seminars, and you will have plenty of time to master your clinical skills. Research is an important part of the curriculum, and residents are expected to present at the American Association of Endodontists Annual Meeting. Graduates are well equipped to enter the world of practice and make significant contributions to not only endodontics, but the entire profession.

About the program

The graduate endodontics program at the University of Minnesota is a 26-month course of study that leads to a Master of Science degree and a certificate in endodontics. Graduates of the program will become proficient clinicians and leaders in endodontics.

Program at a Glance

Degree and Certificate Offered
Residents per year

Joining the Program

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Prospective students apply using the ADEA PASS application system. The application and transcripts are due July 1 of the year prior to the program’s start date. 

Applicants are considered based on academic record, research and scholarly development, clinical experience, and letters of recommendation. Of the criteria for admission, academic record and scholarly development are the most heavily weighted. Clinical experience is not a prerequisite, but it is highly desired. 

An interview is required for selection into our program. Each year, approximately 14 to 16 people will be selected for an invitation to interview. After the interview process, four applicants will be accepted and notified by the program director. A returned, signed letter of intent and a deposit are required to secure your spot.

See our ADEA program page.

Program Requirements

Subject Description
Test scores

National Board scores for Part 1 are required for all applicants. Part 2 is highly recommended, or completion of the INDBE

Transcripts Must submit official dental school transcripts via ADEA PASS.
CV/Resume Must submit a CV or resume to ADEA PASS.
Supplemental application N/A. 
Dental licensing Must have a valid state dental license; US dental license not required.
Degree Must have earned a DMD/DDS degree or equivalent.
Additional requirements See the School of Dentistry website for additional requirements. Please pay a $50 application fee ($55 for international students) through the ADEA PASS page. https://sod-umn.nbsstore.net/advanced-education-program-in-endodontics-aepe
International requirements

Must report TOEFL score on ADEA PASS and report to program; TOEFL results of 105 or higher are required.

Must have foreign transcripts evaluated and submitted to the program.


Students will complete a minimum of 30 credits in their major, including the series of courses in endodontics. The program features extensive clinical training encompassing a wide variety of non-surgical and surgical endodontic techniques. You will attend evidence-based didactic and clinical seminars within the division, and explore the basic sciences in other departments. In addition to the required graduate level courses, the program requires a master’s thesis.

Research is a major component of the graduate program. The School of Dentistry offers formal training in the design, conduction, analysis and presentation of a research project.

Application Dates & Deadlines

ADEA PASS Application and Transcript Deadline: July 1

Endodontics in the clinic

Dr. Noblett shows residents an x-ray
Dr. Noblett shows residents an x-ray
Dr. Noblett shows residents an x-ray
Dr. Noblett shows residents an x-ray

Contact the Division of Endodontics

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Program Director
Ronald Ordinola Zapata, DDS, MS, PhD
8-166 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 624-9900
[email protected]