Application Process

Oral Health Sciences only accepts applications for Summer (preferred) or Autumn Quarter.  The application deadline is January 15.  Your graduate application, including all required test scores, should be complete by that date.

Applicants for all 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.

All graduate applications should be submitted online.

You may find it helpful to review our information on the graduate admissions webpage.  Go to either Oral Health Sciences Masters or Oral Health Sciences PhD Programs at this website.

The frequently asked questions of the graduate admissions website is also very helpful.

Information for underrepresented and minority applicants can be found at the Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) website.

All Applicants

The following will need to be submitted onto your graduate application by the January 15 deadline:

  • 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 transcripts sent directly from your previous institution.
  • A signed copy of your graduate application will be required if you are accepted.

International Applicants

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.

Proficiency in English is required for graduate study at the University of Washington.  Therefore every applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency.  No waivers of this English proficiency requirement may be given.

The following minimums are required:

  • 7.0 on the IELTS
  • 92 on the TOEFL ibt
  • 237 on the TOEFL  C
  • 580 on the TOEFL  (paper)
  • 90 on the MLT

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

When requesting official TOEFL scores from the Education Testing Service, use institutional code 4854 for the University of Washington.  TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the test date.  Information for the TOEFL can be obtained here.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

The University of Washington only accepts scores submitted electronically by the IELTS test center.  No paper Test Report Forms will be accepted.  All IELTS test centers can report scores electronically.  You must request from the center where you took the test that your scores be sent electronically using the IELTS system  (E-TRF) to the following address:  University of Washington, Data Management Services, United States of America, Box 355850, Seattle, WA  98105.  If you have already taken the IELTS, you can go to IELTS Website for the email address of the IELTS Administrator to make your request.  No institution code is required.  Allow a minimum of 13 working days for reporting test results.  IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date.  More information regarding the IELTS can be found at here.


Please refer to the the tuition and fee rate schedule for the most current tuition rates.

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.

Financial Aid

NIH traineeships may be available to students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.