Application Requirements

Program Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet the University of Washington graduate school admissions requirements.

In addition, applicants to the Oral Medicine MSD program must demonstrate:

1.  Successful completion of an advanced dental degree (i.e. DDS, DMD, or equivalent) from a CODA-accredited university in the United States or Canada.

2.  A proven history of clinical practice (at least one year preferred).

3.  General knowledge of clinical research protocol at the university level.

Applicants graduating from non-accredited university (including international applicants*) are also considered for admission with following requirements:

1.  Successful completion of an advanced dental degree (i.e. DDS, DMD, BDS).

2.  Successful completion of the NBDE Parts I & II.*

  • Exceptional candidates who have yet to complete NBDE Part II may be considered (at the discretion of the Program Director).
  • If accepted, enrollment is contingent on successful completion of Part II.

3.  English language proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate comprehension of the English language though successful completion of the TOEFL iBT.
  • TOEFL iBt scores must be at least 90 (out of a possible 120) for consideration for admission.
  • More information on the TOEFL examination.

4.  Certification of adequate financial support for all international applicants (required by the University of Washington).

  • Students are responsible for securing their own funding. Currently there is no financial assistance available through the Department of Oral Medicine.
  • More information about tuition.
  • The Oral Medicine program is classified as a “Tier II” program by the UW Graduate School.

In addition to meeting the UW graduate school and department admission requirements, a functional and practical knowledge of the following is required:

  • General and Oral Anatomy
  • General and Oral Growth and Development
  • Physiology
  • Oral Diagnosis
  • Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis
  • Head and Neck Radiography
  • Radiographic Interpretations
  • General and Oral Pathology
  • General Dentistry
  • Oral Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Therapeutics
  • Treatment Planning
  • Clinical Psychology (to the degree required to enable the individual to be a knowledgeable and sophisticated diagnostician and therapist).  

Application and Selection Criteria

Applicants apply through the Department of Oral Medicine and the UW Graduate School.

Qualified applicants must have a dental degree or be in the final year of dental school. They should have a GPA of 3.0 (“B”) or better.

The Department requires:

  • Office university transcripts from all undergraduate, graduate, and dental programs.
  • Official documentation of exam scores (e.g. NBDE I &II, TOEFL if applicable)
  • Letters of recommendation completed by dental faculty or appropriate professional colleagues (two to four).
  • A written personal statement related to the applicants interest in Oral Medicine.
  • A nominal application fee ($50).

The UW Graduate School requires:

  • Completion of the Graduate School application form.
  • Office university transcripts from all undergraduate, graduate, and dental programs.
  • A nominal application fee.
  • Certification of adequate financial support for international applicants.

Selection is performed by the department faculty, who review the scholastic achievements, exam scores, statements, and recommendation letters of all applicants and identify those most likely to complete the program successfully.

Prospective applicants may visit the School and meet with students and staff. Formal interviews with the faculty are required as part of the selection process several months prior to the program start date.  Applicants assume all travel costs if invited for interviews.

The University of Washington, as a standing policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran. Any discriminatory action can be a cause for disciplinary action. This policy applies to all University programs and facilities including, but not limited to, admissions, educational programs, employment, and patient and hospital services. Such discrimination is prohibited by Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Age Discrimination in Employment Act Amendments of 1978, Vietnam Era Veteran’s Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, other federal and state statues and regulations, and University policy. Coordination of the compliance efforts of the University of Washington with respect to all of these laws and regulations is under the direction of the:

Equal Employment Officer

Dr. Helen Remick
4045 Brooklyn Ave. NE
University of Washington
Box 354560
Seattle, WA 98195-4560
Telephone (206) 543-1830

University of Washington (UW) Graduate School Admissions

Prospective applicant should apply to the program (DENTISTRY-Oral Medicine MSD) through UW graduate school admissions.

Once admitted to the graduate program, graduate students may register online for classes. Registration is now offered exclusively at myuw.washington.edu.

Application for Advanced Standing

The Oral Medicine Graduate Program does not routinely grant advanced standing or admit transfer students; however, applications may be considered under special circumstances at the discretion of the Program Director and Department Chair.

Applications are reviewed in a manner consistent with the admission process (outlined above) and are subject to all application criteria admission requirements of the University of Washington Graduate School and Department of Oral Medicine.

Approval of advanced standing also requires:

1.  Documentation of successful completion of a portion of a CODA-accredited Oral Medicine program in the United States or Canada (e.g. one year, two quarters, etc.).

2.  A letter of recommendation from the Program Director at the applicant’s current (or prior) institution confirming:

  • The information required in Item 1.
  • Good standing within the program at the time of application.

Advanced standing students are subject to all MSD requirements in the UW Oral Medicine MSD program, specifically:

  1.  Completion of the core curriculum offered by the program*.
  2.  24 months of full-time clinical training with evaluation of clinical competencies, didactic competencies, and favorable recommendation by graduate program faculty*.
  3.  Completion of an approved research project and Master’s thesis.

*If accepted, past coursework will be reviewed based on official transcripts and consultation with the applicant’s prior Program Director (where applicable). Approved coursework will be applied to a student’s MSD requirements.

For example, if the student successfully completed 12 months of his or her previous program, he or she would require an additional 12 months of full-time clinical training to be eligible for graduation. Equivalent credit hours would be applied toward UW Graduate School requirements. Topics or courses that were not completed or were not available at the student’s prior institution must be successfully completed to prior to graduation.

Petition for Credit for Prior Coursework

After acceptance to the Oral Medicine program, students may petition to receive credit for past course work if a comparable course was completed at the University of Washington or an accredited university if:

  1.  Coursework was completed at the graduate level within the past 5 years.
  2.  The student received a grade of greater than or equal to 3.0.

Decisions regarding credit for prior course work are made at the discretion of the Program Director.