Graduate Program in Oral Biology Application Process


Fall term admissions only, early admissions are encouraged. Paper applications are accepted. Three to six students will be matriculated in both the MS or PhD programs per year.

Application Deadline

All interested students should submit their paper application materials for admission by January 15th.

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

After receipt of all materials, a phone or video interview will be scheduled.

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 form of Graduate Student Research (GSR) fellowships. There are no separate forms for financial aid. Oral Biology Graduate Student Tuition rates are based on rates charged by the Graduate Schools in the Health Sciences.

Application Instructions

1. Application Form: Click here for the Graduate Program in Oral Biology Application Form.

2. Personal Statement: 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. Discuss at length your intellectual and professional interest in graduate study in Oral Biology.

  • 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)?

3. Transcript(s): Official Electronic or paper transcripts are accepted. Transcripts must be sent direcly by the institution(s) attended. 

4. Three Letters of Recommendation: Only online references sent directly to the department are accepted. 

5. Application Fee of $50: Online credit card payments, checks and money orders are accepted. Please make out checks to the University of Pittsburgh. CLICK HERE TO PAY NOW.

6. Please submit all application materials (preferably emailed 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
Ph: 412-648-5096 

For more information please contact the Department of Oral Biology here.

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)
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 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

Additional general information for International Students is available through the Office of International Services. If you have questions, please contact us or the Office of International Services directly.