Prosthodontics Certificate

This program is designed to help students achieve clinical excellence in prosthodontics, especially in the field of digital dental technology. Here, students will receive excellent faculty and staff support, with access to state-of-the-art technology including digital scanners, design software and an in-house milling center.

Fall 2020 Enrollment

Applications:  The application cycle will open June 1.

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About the Program

Upon satisfactory completion of the prescribed courses of instruction, a Certificate of Proficiency in Prosthodontics will be awarded to the student.

This Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics educates qualified dentists for the specialized practice of prosthodontics, and fulfills the academic and clinical requirements of the American Board of Prosthodontics. The curriculum can be flexible for individual needs but primarily enables students to attain the special knowledge and skills for proficiency in the theoretical and practical aspects of prosthodontics.

The didactic and clinical components provide:

  • Advanced education in related and relevant biological and biomaterial sciences
  • In-depth experiences in fixed, removable and implant prosthodontics
  • Multidisciplinary diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Exposure to maxillofacial prosthetics at the Erie County Medical Center
  • Understanding and clinical experience in occlusion, temporomandibular disorders, orofacial pain and geriatrics
  • The design, methodology and analysis of research
  • Training in teaching

Approximately 60 percent of the time is devoted to patient and laboratory services.


The program in prosthodontics 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

Length of Program

This program takes a minimum of three years to complete, depending on which program is chosen.

Prosthodontics/PhD Program

The Prosthodontics/PhD program generally requires five to seven years for completion. Students are required to perform research and complete a thesis at the PhD level for this program. The Oral Biology PhD program is administered by Dr. Chris Li and Dr. Stefan Ruhl. Students on this track are usually supported by a training grant funded by the National Institute for Dental Craniofacial Research.

Applicants wishing to pursue both the Prosthodontics Certificate and the PhD or MS research programs must apply separately for each program.

Please note that NIDCR support is available only to U.S. citizens, or to those persons with Permanent Resident status. However, support for non-citizens ineligible for NIDCR fellowships may be available from teaching assistantships, or from individual faculty mentors with research funds.

Prosthodontics/MS in Oral Sciences Program

The research component of the Prosthodontics/MS Program in Oral Sciences is administered through the office of Dr. Ernesto DeNardin (716-829-3998). This track requires a minimum of 36 months to complete, and involves research in a variety of areas at the Masters Degree level. At the present time there is no funding available for students enrolled in this program. It runs concurrently with the Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics.

Applicants wishing to pursue both the Prosthodontics Certificate and the PhD or MS research programs must apply separately for each program.

Faculty & Staff


Gary Alexander

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

215 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862



Marshall Fagin

Clinical Associate Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

215 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862



Dana Keblawi

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

225E Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862



Hyeongil Kim

Associate Professor/Director PG Pros Program

Department of Restorative Dentistry

215G Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862



Jennifer Kuracina

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

235R Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862



Edward Monaco

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

222C Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862



Christopher Pusateri

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

235 P Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862



Ramtin Sadid-Zadeh

Assistant Professor

Department of Restorative Dentistry

215 Squire Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2862


Ronald Jarvis, DDS, MS, FACP

Clinical Associate Professor


Estimated Expenses

Advanced Education General Expenses, 2018/2019 School Year *

  NY State Resident Out of State US Resident International Non US Resident
University Tuition $11,090 $22,650 $22,650
University Fees      
Student Activity  $128 $128 $128
Academic Excellence $475 $475 $475
Comprehensive  $2,051 $2,051 $2,051
Medical Insurance $2,210 $2,210 $1,450
Books & Supplies $1,392 $1,392 $1,392
Clinic Mgmt. System (CMS) ** $9,000 $9,000 $9,000
Post-Graduate *** $7,000 $7,000 $7,000
International Student     $200
Sub Total $22,256 $22,256 $21,696
Total Tuition and Fees  $33.346 $44,906 $44,346
All Endodontics students: Add $2,000 for sterilization and equipment fees  $35,346 $46,906 $46,346
Estimated Living Expenses      
Personal expenses $1,830 $1,830 $1,830
Transportation $1,732 $1,732 $1,732
Living Allowances $18,201 $18,201 $18,201
Total Living Expenses $21,763 $21,763 $21,763
TOTAL TUITION AND OTHER EXPENSES $55,109 $66,669 $66,109

Explanation of Fees

Activity Fee: Mandatory fee leveled by student's respective divisions.

Academic Excellence Fee: Mandatory fee used to enhance student academic support services,advisement, research opportunities, equipment, facilities, and scholarship. technology needs, new campus life initiative/improvements.

CMS Fee**: Covers dental instrument sterilization, maintenance & replacement and to support clinic computing costs.  Does not apply to students in TMD/Orofacial Pain and Oral Pathology. 

Post-Graduate Fee***: For expenditures, equipment, computers, instruments, and supplies needed for higher level course instruction. Does not apply to Oral Pathology students.

Please note:

  1. * The Advanced Education General Expenses Budget applies to students in the following clinical programs: Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Orofacial Pain, Orthodontics, Periodontics and Prosthodontics.  Advanced Education students enrolled in other programs should refer to the Graduate Student Budget published by the University.
  2. Most clinical certificate programs are subject to additional expenses; please contact your program director to determine costs.
  3. The tuition and fee rates shown are subject to change without prior notice pending official approval from the SUNY Board of Trustees.

Additional Expenses

Our Current Residents


Dental School

Certificate Year

Mohammed Al Gady, BDS              University of Dammam                   2021
Hanan Ali, BDS, MS                           University of Benghazi  & University at Buffalo 2021
Yu Chun Lin, BDS                           Taipei Medical University              2021
Minh Van,  DDS                             University of Medicine & Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City 2021
Jeffrey Willis, DDS                      University at Buffalo 2020
Jinghua Zhang, DDS                   University at Buffalo 2020
Gyula Forgo, DMD
University of Szeged School of Dentistry 
Daniel Pinto, DDS
University at Buffalo
Donna Scott, DDS MS
University at Buffalo

Application Information

Fall 2020 Applicants — Important Dates

Step Date(s)
Applications Accepted starting June 1, 2019
Interviews September/October

All application materials must be submitted by the deadline.

Now Participating in MATCH

The University at Buffalo Prosthodontics Certificate will participate in MATCH for the first time with the group entering Fall 2018. Applicants must register online to participate in the Match. Applications to our Prosthodontic's Certificate program should be submitted via UB's Gradmit system independent of the Match.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit all documents listed below.  Your application will not be complete until these items have been received and you have submitted your application for formal review.


If you have questions about the application process, please contact:

Advanced Education Admissions 
(716) 829-2839

Required (All Applicants)

1. The On-line Application

  • Please complete all questions on the application completely and accurately.
  • You must complete the International On-Line Application if you are an international student who is not an immigrant, regardless of where you graduated from dental school; check the box for "International Applicant" after selecting degree program on the Interactive Graduate Application Site (GRADMIT)
  • You must complete the Domestic On-Line Application if you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., regardless of where you graduated from dental school

2. $50.00 non-refundable application fee paid on UBePay

  • Once you have submitted your online application for formal review, you will be able to pay the application fee by credit/debit card only. Your application cannot be reviewed until the fee has been paid. Please note that the $50 application fee is non-refundable.

3. CV / Resume

4. Letters of Recommendation

  • Two letters of recommendation and a Dean's letter (if graduated from a US or Canadian dental school), otherwise three letters of recommendation.
  • Recommendation letters must be uploaded electronically:
  • In the recommendation section of this online application, you submit three referees with their email addresses. They will receive an email notification to electronically submit an online recommendation only after you submit your application for formal review.

5. Unofficial transcripts from EVERY college/university attended

  • If you are accepted into the program you will be asked to submit original transcripts with proper signatures, seals or stamps. Academic documents that are not in English must be accompanied by an exact, certified translation. International applicants please include copy of certificate with proof of degree.

Additional Requirements — International Applicants

In addition to the requirements listed above, please submit the following:

1. Unofficial TOEFL Score Report That Meets Requirements

TOEFL score report must be at or above minimum of 550 (written) / 213 (computer based) / 79 (internet based) or better obtained within eighteen months of the application deadline.

  •  If you are accepted into the program you will be asked to submit original TOEFL score reports.

2. UB Financial Form / Bank Documents

  • All International applicants must complete and upload to their application the UB financial form documenting all the sources of your financial support with the sponsor's signature. Official supporting documentation as outlined in the instructions must also be uploaded.
  • Official financial documents verifying scholarship support from your government if applicable. Upload in the Bank Documents section.
  • No certificate of eligibility will be issued without satisfactory financial documentation. Financial documentation is required for visa issuance only-documentation may be submitted after acceptance but I-20 documentation cannot be issued without it.

3. Photocopy of Passport Biographical Page

4. Photocopy of Your Current I-20 AND the F-1 Visa Stamp in Your Passport if You Are Currently an F-1 Student

* All documents become property of the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and are not returnable to the applicant.

The Interview Process

Applicants who are chosen to interview will be required to do a simple occlusal wax-up at #19, and a facial wax-up at #9.


Advanced Ed

Advanced Education Admissions

Phone: 716-829-6927; Fax: 716-829-2731


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