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Pediatric Dentistry, M.S.

Saint Louis University’s advanced education program in pediatric dentistry offers a comprehensive 24-month course of study preparing you to provide comprehensive oral health care for children, including those who are medically compromised or have special health care needs.

About the Program

Saint Louis University’s advanced education program in pediatric dentistry is designed to meet the educational requirements for limitation of practice to pediatric dentistry and examination by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Emphasis is placed on all phases of pediatric dentistry.  

Extensive experience is provided in the areas of sedation, analgesia and the use of general anesthesia to deliver dental treatment. Research experience is gained through completion of a master’s thesis project.



Program Highlights

The pediatric dentistry  program is offered by Saint Louis University’s Center for Advanced Dental Education, which strives to balance progressive excellence with the highest standards and the compassionate service of our Catholic, Jesuit heritage. It is university based with hospital affiliations.

 Students who complete the program are awarded a Master of Science in Dentistry with a concentration in pediatric dentistry, as well as a post-doctoral certificate.

Curriculum and Program Details

SLU's graduate program in pediatric dentistry centers around seminars held on relevant topics and a literature review course will discuss current and classic articles from pediatric dental literature.

Multidisciplinary seminars are held in conjunction with our graduate programs in orthodontic, endodontics and periodontics.

Formal courses are presented in biostatistics, oral medicine, oral pathology, early and mixed dentition, therapeutics, practice management and some basic sciences. Off service rotations occur in general anesthesia, pediatric medicine, pediatric emergency room and craniofacial clinic.


  • Daniel C. Stoeckel, D.D.S., M.S., Program Director, Pediatric Dentistry
Our goal is to prepare you to pursue a career of many possibilities. Graduates are prepared to be clinicians with a practice limited to pediatric dentistry, researchers or teachers of dentistry.
Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Applicant Criteria

Applicants should possess a D.D.S. or D.M.D. from an ADA-accredited or Canadian accredited dental school, or an equivalent degree from an accredited foreign dental school.

You’ll need the following items to apply:

Application Requirements

Minimum grade point average of 3.0 on 4.0 scale.  (Applicants with less than a 3.0 GPA will be considered if they have significant clinical experience.)
Ranking in the top 50 percent of the class. 
Successful completion of part one of the National Dental Board at the time of application and successful completion of part two by the time of matriculation.
Participation in MATCH
Personal interview

Requirements for International Students

Application Deadline

Applications must be completed by October 1 to be considered for the pediatric dentistry program that will begin in the summer semester of the following year.

Review Process

A committee examines and reviews the applicant and application wholly. Promising applicants are invited for on-site interviews in August.