OHS PhD Admission

The program is most appropriate for advanced students who hope to eventually join the faculty of a dental school. Therefore, the program is primarily for outstanding students who have completed or will soon complete clinical dental training (DDS and/or specialty), and/or those students who want to combine a DDS with a PhD, or, clinical specialty and doctoral training.  Entering students should have a strong background in biology, chemistry, mathematics through calculus, and physics at the university level. Students admitted with deficiencies in these areas may be required to make up any deficiencies during the first two years of doctoral study.

Application material may be accessed through Rackham Graduate School Admissions Page (select Ann Arbor Campus)

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 Applications Open in June.  

Admission will be based on review of the total application, including the following criteria:

  • grade point average and academic record
  • research experience
  • personal statement 
  • Graduate Record Examination, General Test
  • three letters of recommendation  
  • interest of student in research foci of the OHS Program, as expressed in a written statement of interest.

The Program is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Foreign students must achieve a minimum score of 560 (or 220 CBT) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 80 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). However, a re-evaluation of English proficiency will be required before registration.

Applications are accepted for admission to the doctoral program in Oral Health Sciences by December 5. Questions about application procedures and forms may be sent to