Applying to the Oral Biology Graduate Program


Application Materials include:

  • The application together with an extensive personal statement;
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and prior graduate coursework (submitted directly by all colleges and universities attended);
  • GRE scores;
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (for applicants from non-English speaking countries);
  • Three letters of recommendation;
  • Application fee ($50). The application fee can be waived under special circumstances.

Deadlines: All of above items must be in the possession of the Department of Oral Biology no later than January 15. The department admits students for study to begin in the subsequent fall semester only. There is no admission for study to begin in other semesters.

Notification of Admissions Decisions: Admissions review begins after January 15, and applicants can expect to be notified of the department's decision within eight to 10 weeks. Financial aid offers are made together with admissions offers.

Financial Aid: All PhD applications will automatically be considered for financial aid in the form of Graduate Student Research (GSR) fellowships. There are no separate forms for financial aid. In the 2011-2012 academic year, GSRs in comparable programs received stipends of $2125/month, tuition scholarships for up to 15 credits/term, and health insurance. Oral Biology Graduate Student 2011-2012 Tuition rates are based on rates charged by the Graduate Schools in the Health Sciences (School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, Graduate School of Public Health, and School of Health Related Professions).

Personal Statement: Please complete the personal statement form; discuss at length your intellectual and professional interest in graduate study in Oral Biology.  Click here for the Personal Statement Form.

This statement is a vital part of the application, and carries the most weight in our admissions decisions. Your statement might appropriately address the following questions:

  • What are your primary interests within your chosen field of study (i.e., Craniofacial Genetics or Tissue Regeneration) and list any relevant background experience that might make you a good candidate?
  • Which faculty mentor and lab would you like to work with?
  • Where do you see yourself after graduate school (what type of career are you training for)?

Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation should be sent to Ms. Lynn M. Marendo, Graduate Administrator, Department of Oral Biology, 347 Salk Hall, University of Pittsburgh, 3501 Terrace Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261. Download to Recommendation Form

Transcripts: official transcripts of all undergraduate and prior graduate coursework should be submitted directly by all colleges and universities attended to Lynn M. Marendo, Graduate Administrator, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Oral Biology, 347 Salk Hall, 3501 Terrace Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261.

Graduate Record Exam: We require all applicants to submit verbal, quantitative, and writing scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).  GRE scores must be less than 5 years old at the time of application and must be submitted from the Educational Testing Service directly to the department using Institution code 0231, Department code 2408.

For information on the GRE go to

Non-United States Citizens

English Language Test Requirement: Students applying from countries where the official language is not English (and the Province of Quebec in Canada) are required to show evidence of English language proficiency by submitting the official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Scores must be less than two years old. TOEFL or IELTS scores must be submitted directly from the testing service to the Department of Oral Biology.

TEST OF ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (TOEFL): For students whose native language is not English, a TOEFL score higher than 600 (paper test), or 250 (computer test), or 100 (iBT internet test) is required for admission.  TOEFL scores can be submitted to the DOB by using Institution Code 2927 and Department Code 2408. For more information on the TOEFL exam visit

INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTING SYSTEM (IELTS): The minimum IELTS score is 7.0. IELTS results certificates are to be sent directly to the OB Graduate Studies Office. For more information on the IELTS exam, visit

International students may be admitted provisionally to the program with a TOEFL below 600 (paper test), or below 250 (computer test), or below 100 (iBT), or below a Band 7.0 on the IELTS, but they must take an additional test (the "Michigan" test) as part of registration (see

Applicants who have completed or are about to complete a bachelor's degree or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States are exempt from submitting English language proficiency test results, but the GRE requirement may then be required.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Requirement: GRE scores are required for all applicants. Outside North America, information about taking the GRE can be obtained by contacting the nearest United States embassy or consulate, or at

Additional General Information for International Students: Additional general information for International Students is available through the Office of International Services. However, if you have questions that are not answered by the information on these Web sites, please contact us or the Office of International Services (OIS) directly.

Request an Application

Paper or electronic applications are accepted. Your application must be submitted to Lynn M. Marendo. Paper versions of recommendation forms and International Student Supplement forms are available for downloading and printing on the Oral Biology web site.


If you have any questions about how to apply, or questions concerning the status or completeness of your application, please contact:

Ms. Lynn M. Marendo

Department of Oral Biology

347 Salk Hall

University of Pittsburgh
3501 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261


Last updated 04-10-12