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Applying to the Graduate Program

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for reaching out regarding our PhD in Oral & Craniofacial Biomedical Sciences (OCBS) and MS in Oral Biology (OBIO). Our NEW application system is now active! As promised, here is the information needed to apply.

New application site:

The application period is during the fall and selection next winter.
We have one deadline (December 15th) for the basic science track PhD (OCBS) and MS (OBIO) and we use an online application process. The application fee (domestic = $89 and international = $114) can be paid by credit card.

Documents you need to have ready before going to the application website:

  1. One unofficial transcript must be uploaded onto the application portal
     If admitted, the original transcript will need to be submitted to the admissions office upon arrival.
  2. Texas A&M University Admissions office does not accept credential evaluations from private companies. We perform our own evaluation of foreign credentials. Therefore, we require the official native language transcript with an accompanying official English translation.
  3. Texas A&M University will accept transcripts sent electronically through SPEEDE, eSCRIP-SAFE, or National Clearing House. Transcripts from any other vendor will not be accepted.
  4.  Three electronic recommendation letters (uploaded PDF on the application portal)
  5. CV/resume (uploaded on the application portal)
  6. Statement of purpose/ personal statement is optional. If applicants choose to include one, they can attach it with the CV/resume. 
  7. GRE scores are optional, but if you have them, we would like to see them.  Use code 6003 for reporting scores to Texas A&M University (GraduateCAS)
  8. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score for international applicants. The TOEFL institution code for TAMU is 6003. Additionally, we accept IELTS, International English Language Testing System scores. To report IELTS scores, Texas A&M University only accepts scores submitted electronically by the IELTS testing center (no paper forms will be accepted). The student must contact the testing center and request that scores be sent electronically to “Texas A&M University (College Station and Galveston).”

English Proficiency must be met for all International Applicants. The following are all ways that it can be met.

  • a minimum TOEFL score (from a test date within two years) of 80 internet-based testing (i-BT)
  • a minimum TOEFL Essentials score (from a test date within two years) of 8.5
  • a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall band (from a test date within two years) 
  • a GRE Verbal Reasoning score of at least 146 (subject to departmental approval)
  • a GMAT Verbal Score of at least 22 (subject to departmental approval)
  • completing all years of a Bachelor's degree or higher at a U.S. accredited university (subject to departmental approval)
  • acquiring alternative verification from the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies via departmental request.  An international graduate student holding a Master's degree from a U.S. accredited university qualifies for alternative verification.
  1. Deadline for applications: December 15, 2024 is the next admissions deadline.
  2. Financial support - We do not support MS degree candidates, but support is available for Ph.D. students.
  3. Tuition cost and fees can be found on the graduate school website link:  
  4. Visiting the campus is not encouraged. If the graduate committee wants to interview you, they will send an invitation. However, you will not be reimbursed for travel expenses for interviews. The graduate committee will not review an application until it is complete.
  5. The MS in Oral Biology does not increase the likelihood of dental school admission; DDS applicants are evaluated equally according to our DDS requirements.  

Bruno Ruest, Ph.D.

Program Director

Acting Department Head 

Department of Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University School of Dentistry
3302 Gaston Ave.
Dallas, Texas 75246

If you have questions, please contact the Biomedical Sciences Department at: 214-828-8320,