Doctor of Philosophy degree is designed for students desiring extensive research training as well as in-depth course work in oral health sciences.Program Information
DDS/PhD combined training is available for students committed to an academic or research career. This is a minimum 8 year program and combines the DDS curriculum with studies directed toward a PhD in Oral Health Sciences.Program Information
MS Thesis Program
MS Thesis Program
Master of Science degree is designed for students who want advanced training in oral and craniofacial biology, but is less extensive than the PhD program. This program requires a thesis.Program Information
MS Dental Hygiene Program
MS Dental Hygiene Program
Master of Science in Oral Health Sciences for Dental Hygienists is available for dental hygienists who seek careers as dental hygiene educators. This pathway emphasizes training in basic and applied dental science as well as a research experience. This program requires a capstone project but not a thesis.Program Information
The annual application deadline is January 15. Oral Health Sciences accepts applications for Summer or Autumn Quarter start. Your graduate school application, including all required application materials, must be submitted by that date.
The Graduate School of the University of Washington is administratively responsible for admissions to graduate study. To apply to the Graduate Program in Oral Health Sciences, applicants must submit an application to the UW Graduate School as well as meet all requirements set forth by the Graduate School. You can find information on the Graduate School’s policies and procedures, along with a link to the on-line application, on their page Understanding the Admissions Process.
The Graduate School’s FAQ section of their Admissions website may also be useful. Information for underrepresented and minority applicants, including programming, resources and funding opportunities and can be found at the page Graduate School’s Equity & Justice in Graduate Education.
- Applicants for all thesis programs must have either a Baccalaureate degree in the life sciences (e.g. Microbiology or Biochemistry) or a professional degree from a Dental or Medical School. We seek applicants who show great promise of successful careers in research with an interest in teaching. Our applicants typically have strong undergraduate records as well as previous laboratory experience and demonstrated skills in life sciences or public health research.
- A minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the last graded 60 semester credits or 90 graded quarter credits
- Demonstrated English Language proficiency for all Graduate School applicants whose native language is not English
Please review the UW Graduate School’s English Proficiency information including COVID-19 updates regarding current English Proficiency admission policies.
Minimum scores required for OHS admissions are:
- 7.0 on the IELTS
- 92 on the TOEFL ibt
- 237 on the TOEFL C
- 580 on the TOEFL (paper)
- 90 on the MLT
When requesting official TOEFL scores from the Education Testing Service, use institutional code 4854 for the University of Washington.
- UW Graduate School online application and fee
- Three letters of recommendation. We prefer that the letters of recommendation be from university teachers or your professional supervisors who know you well enough to provide us with an objective evaluation of your potential as a graduate student. A good recommendation would include statements about your research abilities and any progress you have made towards research goals. You will designate your recommenders on the graduate application. Hard copies are strongly discouraged as we are now reviewing all applications on line.
- A 200-300 word statement of your educational and professional objectives which includes a general area of research interests, academic goals, motivation, and background. You should upload your statement into the graduate application. Optional: a personal statement that addresses the relationship between your personal background and your aspirations.
- A Biographical Sketch which is a CV/resume. You should upload this directly into your graduate application.
- Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded into the graduate application. You will only need to submit official transcripts directly to the Graduate School if you are offered acceptance. This information, along with complete mailing addresses, will be provided on the Graduate Application after you have been offered admission and accepted. Note that the Graduate School ONLY accepts official transcripts sent directly from your previous institution.
- Proof of English language proficiency if English is not your native language
- A signed copy of your graduate application will be required if you are accepted.
Please note that GRE test results are not required.
You are an international applicant if you are NOT a U.S. citizen, immigrant, or green card holder. International students must have a visa status that allows for academic study at the University of Washington. If accepted, all international applicants must show proof of financial ability. This information will be provided on your graduate application after you have accepted the offer of admission. Additional international applicant information can be found here.
Please refer to the the tuition and fee rate schedule for the most current tuition rates.
- Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS)
- ADEA Scholarships (MSDH Students)
- ADHA Scholarships (MSDH Students)
- GSEE: The Office of Graduate Student Equity and Excellence
- Graduate Funding Information Services (GFIS)
- Graduate Student Conference Travel Awards
- Magnuson Scholarship
- Office of Fellowships and Awards
- SOD T90/R90 NRSA traineeships may be available to students who are U.S. citizens/permanent residents (T90), or a non-U.S. citizen/permanent resident in pursuit of a PhD, who already holds a dental degree (R90).
Biology of Aging
Cancer Biology and Virology
Community, Public Health and Health Services Research
Dental Hygiene Training and Research
Microbe-Host Interactions and Immunology
Orofacial Development, Structure and Function
Pharmacology and Drug Metabolism
Salivary Gland Biology and Salivary Diagnostics
Stem Cell Biology, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
Claire Mills, DDS
What do you enjoy about being an OHS DDS/PhD student? As a dual degree student, I am able to gain a comprehensive perspective of translational research from the bench to clinic. This is very beneficial to help me develop clinically relevant and scientifically feasible research questions to investigate during my training and in my career.
What are you currently researching? My research project is to investigate the role of field cancerization in the pathogenesis of oral squamous cell carcinoma. Field cancerization is a mechanism of tumorigenesis where a widespread area of cells are exposed to carcinogenic insult, and certain genetic changes prompt specific cells to progress to dysplasia and eventual carcinoma. The goal of my project is to identify which of these changes drive tumor formation in patients.
Priti Mulimani, MDS (Orthodontics), MOrth RCSEd, FDS RCSEd
What do you enjoy about being an OHS PhD student? I love getting my PhD training in the OHS department due to the astounding number of inter-disciplinary collaborations and connections it facilitated for me. Here, I got opportunities and support to explore various avenues relevant to my research interests and to put together a customized research project which best suited my goals with the help of my expert PhD mentors and advisors. This has totally helped me choose a project that aligns with my long-term goal to become an independent translational researcher by gaining expertise in biomedical science research techniques in addition to my previous orthodontic expertise.
What are you currently researching? As an orthodontist, my research interests are in understanding the cellular, molecular, and genetic modulators of periodontal biology and orthodontic tooth movement. My PhD research project explores how the behavior of periodontal ligament cells is regulated by inflammatory mediators and mechanical force. This entails investigating the periodontal ligament response both at a single cell level and at a tissue level using two- and three- dimensional in vitro experimental techniques, at the Cell Biomechanics Lab in South Lake Union UW Medicine Research Center.
Apichai Yavirach (Yao), DDS
What do you enjoy about being an OHS DDS/PhD student? What I like the most about the OHS department is that it gave me a chance to explore my research interest and collaborate with other investigators outside of the dental school. After I graduate, I plan to go back to Thailand and work as an instructor at the Faculty of Dentistry, Chiang Mai University.
What are you currently researching? As both a dentist and researcher, I love to apply basic sciences to dental research since understanding the oral diseases from a microbiology perspective can provide very useful pieces of information leading to novel and efficient treatments. In the Giachelli lab, I have been investigating possible pathophysiology of medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ) mainly focusing on osteoclasts and macrophages, and working on the application of engineered osteoclasts as a potential local cell therapy.