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Oral Biology PhD Program

Admissions Information

Individuals with significant background in biological sciences, dentistry and/or medicine who have an interest in developing research skills and focus, and studying current issues in oral biology are encouraged to apply.

Individuals interested in a combined program (D.D.S. or clinical certificate + Ph.D.) must apply separately to both programs and be independently accepted by both programs. Anyone interested in a combined program should contact the program director prior to applying.

There are two pathways for admission to the curriculum in Oral Biology:
Direct Application to Oral Biology: Individuals (domestic or international) with a doctoral or biomedical professional degree, including D.D.S., D.M.D., M.D. or equivalent, who wish to apply for the Ph.D. degree in the curriculum in Oral Biology should apply directly to the program through the UNC Graduate School. Priority consideration for the class beginning in August, 2016 will be given to completed application materials received by the UNC Graduate School by December 15, 2015.

Application through Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program: Individuals (domestic or international) without an advanced professional biomedical degree who wish to apply for the Ph.D. degree in the curriculum in Oral Biology must apply through the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program (BBSP). The deadline for completed application materials is December 1, 2015.


Applications for admission directly to the program are made online through the UNC Graduate School: Candidates should apply for the Fall term.

General questions may be directed to:
The Graduate School
University of North Carolina
200A Bynum Hall
CB# 4010
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-4010
Phone: 919.966.2611

As part of the Graduate School application, applicants must upload a curriculum vitae, provide the names and contact information for three recommenders, and a statement of purpose that outlines your previous research experience(s), your motivation for seeking a Ph.D. in Oral Biology, and your professional goals. Applicants must also upload unofficial transcripts. Official transcripts should not be sent to the Graduate School until requested to do so.

The application fee must be paid in U.S. funds or through an international money order. Application fee waivers are limited to specific categories of applicants ( Applications that arrive without the required fee will remain unprocessed, pending receipt of the fee. The Graduate School will send a notification of receipt of the application only after the fee has been paid and the application has been processed.

The UNC Graduate School requires the GRE for all applicants, and has a recommended guideline for admittance of a minimum score of 50th percentile in each section of the GRE General Test (verbal, quantitative). The GRE must have been taken within the past five years. Applicants requesting direct admission to the Oral Biology Ph.D. program are reviewed by the program director and the admissions committee. Applicant interviews are by invitation only. Admission criteria are applied equally to all applicants regardless of race, gender, color, national origin, or religion. The University and the School of Dentistry encourage minority student applications.


Candidates should have a strong quantitative aptitude and a strong commitment to research. Candidates' research interests, research qualifications, and appropriate experiences are significant factors in selection.


International students are required to take the TOEFL exam, with a minimum of 89 on the internet-based test, or the IELTS with a minimum score of 7.5. The exam score must be current (less than two years old). When registering for the test, candidates should indicate the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Graduate School (institution #5816) as a score recipient. The TOEFL test is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), CN6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151. Applicants should take the test no later than October to ensure that scores arrive by the application deadline.

As part of the application process, international applicants should submit unofficial academic records in the original language. The academic records must be accompanied by English translations. After acceptance by the Graduate School, the applicant will be required to submit an official academic record in the original language bearing the signature of the registrar or other academic official with a raised or ink stamp or seal of the issuing institution. The official academic documents must be accompanied by certified English translations. Every international applicant seeking admission, including applicants who may receive teaching or research assistantships or other awards, must complete and upload the International Student Data Form and Financial Certification Instructions/Worksheet (available in admission application).

Required forms and documentation are available within the ‘International Applicants Only’ page in ApplyYourself. You may submit your Financial Certificate documentation at any time during the application process or you may wait to upload the documentation until you have received your admittance notification from the Graduate School. Please note these documents must be received and approved by the International Student and Scholar Services office before visa documents can be prepared at any time during the application process. For detailed admissions instructions, please visit


Ms. Cindy Blake
Oral Biology Ph.D. Program
5502 Koury Oral Health Sciences Building
UNC School of Dentistry
CB #7455
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7455
Phone: (919) 537-3230
Fax: (919) 966-3683