Admissions & Applying

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Matthew Dingman
Division Administrator
(310) 825-1955


A 3.0 undergraduate GPA (or foreign equivalent) is required, as well as a solid baccalaureate foundation in the life sciences field. A dental background is helpful but not required.

Application Process 

All students must apply via the Graduate Division website. You can upload your statement of purpose, resume and unofficial transcripts to the application directly; however the department also needs official transcripts to be sent to their office directly. The letters of recommendation are done via the electronic application system. Please follow the guidelines carefully to ensure your application is complete by the deadline. 

Fees and Expenses

For information about fees, expenses, important dates and other topics of interest, please refer to the Registrar’s Website and Graduate Division website. Financial support may be available from the program, although it is typically limited to tuition support only for the first year.

Selection Factors

The factors considered by the Admissions Committee are:

  • Student Academic Performance such as GPA

  • GRE score (the GRE is required to apply to this program)

  • TOEFL (required for international students)

  • Previous Research Experience and Publication

  • Reference Letters

Additional Information

  • Apply to the MS or PhD program 

  • You can only apply to ONE program

  • When applying, even if you are applying to the dental school or a certificate program, just indicate the Oral Biology program – MS or PhD

  • Although you upload your official transcripts to the application, you must send the Department one official, sealed copy.

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

*** Only the PhD application requires the GRE. ***

Application Deadline

For the moment, the deadline to apply to the PhD program is December 15 of every year. Applicants who are accepted into the program will be notified no later than March 31.