Students interested in applying to Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) programs are not required to have any specific major, however a bachelor’s degree is required before entering dental school. Most dental programs last approximately four years. After completing the program, students can choose to further their education toward a specialty, which will require participation in a residency program.

Specialties may include but are not limited to:

  • Dental Anesthesiology
  • Dental Public Health
  • Endodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral Medicine
  • Periodontics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics 


UMKC School of Dentistry Doctor of Dental Surgery Program