To be considered for either the MS or PhD program, it’s recommended that applicants hold a degree in the biological (e.g., microbiology, molecular biology, immunology, neurobiology, psychobiology, genetics) and chemical sciences (e.g., biochemistry, organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, thermodynamics).

Candidates should also have a minimum 3.0 grade point average in upper division courses in these subjects. Degree-holders from other disciplines, with a strong background in the sciences, are also welcome to apply. A dental background is helpful, but not required.

For our two combined degree programs, DDS/PhD (link to page) and Dental Specialty/PhD (link to page), you must apply to the DDS program or the specialty program separately, in addition to applying to the PhD program.

Selection Factors for MS & PhD

  • Undergraduate GPA and science-course grades

  • Recommendation letters

  • Statement of purpose

  • TOEFL (required for international applicants)

Additional Factors for PhD:

  • GRE score (Required for the PhD)

  • Previous research experience & list of any publications

Application Process

Applicants can only apply to one program and applications must be submitted through the UCLA Graduate Division website. When prompted, please check either the “Oral Biology program - MS” or “Oral Biology program - PhD” on the form.

Applicants can expect to upload the following documents through the electronic application system:

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Official transcripts

  • Statement of purpose

  • Curriculum vitae

*Additionally, applicants must send an official, sealed copy of their transcripts to have a complete application: 

Attn: Oral Biology
UCLA School of Dentistry
10833 Le Conte Avenue, 13-089 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Deadlines & Fees

The admissions cycle for these programs are limited to Fall enrollment and the deadline to apply to either program is December 15 of each year.

If you miss the deadline, you must wait until the next cycle. Accepted applicants will be notified by March 31, for the PhD program, and by April 15, for the MS program.

Contact Us

Matthew Dingman
Division Administrator for Oral Biology and Medicine & Counselor

Phone: (310) 825-1955