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Oral and Craniofacial Sciences Academic Program Application Process

The application cycle for Fall 2024 admissions opens in September 2023 and ends on January 15, 2024.

Fall-term admissions only are accepted.

Applications must be made online through GradCAS.

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Three to six students will be matriculated in both the MS or PhD programs per year.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree in a natural or physical science or engineering program
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a scale of 4) or its equivalent from an accredited institution
  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation. (Letters from faculty familiar with the applicant's research accomplishments are of particular value to the evaluation process.)

Application Materials

  • The Graduate Program in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences GradCAS Application 
  • Uploaded Personal Statement in GradCAS (please see instructions below)
  • Submitted Official Transcripts through GradCAS of all undergraduate and prior graduate coursework.  International applicants are required to submit an official transcript evaluation (ECE or WES) for all education completed outside of the U.S to the school, but should also submit an unofficial copy through GradCAS.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS Scores are to be submitted directly to the school (for applicants from non-English speaking countries; TOEFL DI Code: 2408) and applicants must also self-report TOEFL or IELTS through GradCAS
  • Three Letters of Recommendation submitted to GradCAS
  • Additional support material for international students (please see International Students below)

Upon receipt of all application materials, a phone or video interview may be scheduled with the applicant.

Application Deadline

All interested students should submit their paper application materials for admission no later than January 15.

Notification of Admissions Decisions

Admissions review begins after January 15, 2024. Applicants can expect to be notified of the department's decision within 8-10 weeks.

Financial Aid

All PhD applications will automatically be considered for financial aid in the from of Graduate Student Research (GSR) fellowships. There are no separate forms for financial aid. Oral and Craniofacial Sciences graduate student tuition rates are based on rates charged by the Pitt Schools of Health Sciences.

Application Instructions

Application Form

Applications may be made online through GradCAS.

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Please review the GradCAS Applicant Help Center if you have any additional questions.

Please visit this GradCAS Applicant Help link for browser compatibility and other technical requirements.

Personal Statement Form
This statement is a vital part of the application, and carries the most weight in our admissions decisions. Discuss on one page your intellectual and professional interest in graduate study in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences.

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

Official transcripts are required to be submitted in
GradCAS. International applicants are required to submit an official transcript evaluation (ECE or WES) directly to the OCS Graduate Studies Office for all education completed outside of the U.S., but should also submit an unofficial copy through GradCAS.

Three letters of recommendation
Only references sent directly to GradCAS are accepted. 

Application fees
The program application fee to apply to the program is $50, in addition to a GradCAS processing fee of $38 for each program you apply to. The fees to submit an application total to $88.

International Applicants

Please submit your IELTS scores and official transcript evaluations directly to the OCS Graduate Studies Office:

Lainey Dworek
Graduate Program Administrator 
University of Pittsburgh
School of Dental Medicine
6650 Salk Hall
3501 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh PA 15261

Citizens of countries where English is not the official language (including the Province of Quebec, Canada) are required to submit English language proficiency scores. Applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree or a higher from a regionally accredited institution in the United States are exempt. Applicants must submit scores fewer than 2 years old from one of the following:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

A Test of English as a Foreign Language (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 department using DI Code: 2408.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score is 7.0. IELTS results certificates are to be sent directly to the OCS Graduate Studies Office.

Duolingo: The minimum Duolingo scores is 130.

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 English Proficiency Test as part of registration.

Additional general information for International Students is available through the University of Pittsburgh Office of International Services. If you have additional questions, please contact the Pitt Dental Medicine Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences or the Office of International Services.