Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Certificate

This program provides an opportunity to acquire specific knowledge and develop skills necessary to perform accepted standards of an oral and maxillofacial pathology practice. It is a three-year (36-month) program and is designed for those planning to teach or practice oral and maxillofacial pathology.

FALL 2025 ENROLLMENT  |  Applications accepted May 8 - November 15, 2024

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Program Director:
Alfredo Aguirre, DDS, MS

Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences, 355 Squire Hall

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About the Program

This program leads to a certificate of advanced study in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. 

The opportunity exists for dual-enrollment in the Oral Sciences, MS program, Biomaterials, MS program, or Oral Biology PhD program.  Candidates must apply to each program separately by posted deadlines. Acceptance into each program is a separate process.

Successful completion of this program leads to eligibility to take the examination given by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.

Emphasis is placed on microscopic and clinical diagnoses as well as the proper management of oral and maxillofacial lesions. We offer one on one personalized training, customized training to proficiently practice microscopic and clinical oral pathology, and balanced academic activities.

Facilities available for the program include the School of Dental Medicine clinics and laboratories, which include a state of the art in-house whole slide digital scanner and a large collection of virtual microscopy slides. Additionally, vast research facilities in association with the Oral Biology Department, university-affiliated hospitals, hospital clinics and laboratories are offered.


The Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of accredited without reporting requirements. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is www.ada.org/en/coda.

Length of Program

The program length is 36 months of full-time attendance beginning August 1st, the first year. Combined programs may entail a longer period of matriculation depending on the chosen graduate program.  Students concurrent enrolled in a Master's program typically complete both programs within three years. Students opting for a PhD program typically complete both programs within five or six years.

Acceptance into any research program is a separate process. Program options include: