Oral and Craniofacial Sciences Academic Program Application Process

Fall-term admissions, only, are accepted, however, early admissions are encouraged.

Paper applications are accepted.

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

  • Complete and submit both the Graduate Program in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences Application Form and Personal Statement Form
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and prior graduate coursework (submitted directly by all colleges and universities attended)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Application fee of $50.    Pay Now
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores (for applicants from non-English speaking countries; TOEFL DI Code: 2408)
  • Additional support material for international students (please see below).
  • Upon receipt of all materials, a phone or video interview will 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

Early applications are encouraged, for offers may be extended to suitably qualified candidates before the application deadline. 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 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

Personal Statement Form
This statement is a vital part of the application, and carries the most weight in our admissions decisions. Discuss at length 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) 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)?

Official electronic or paper transcripts are accepted. Transcripts must be sent directly by the institution(s) attended. International applicants are required to submit an official ECE transcript evaluation for all education completed outside of the U.S. 

Three letters of recommendation
Only online references sent directly to the department are accepted. 

Application fee of $50
Online credit card payments, checks and money orders are accepted.
Please make out checks to the University of Pittsburgh
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Please submit all application materials (it is preferable to email completed materials as PDFs) to

Alycia Maltony, MEd
Oral Biology Graduate Program Administrator
University of Pittsburgh
School of Dental Medicine
2114 Salk Hall
3501 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh PA 15261

International Applicants

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 OB Graduate Studies Office.


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.

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.