D.D.S. Ph.D. Admissions Requirements
The application to the COSTAR D.D.S./Ph.D. has multiple components. You must complete all steps to be considered.
You will spend the first three years focusing on the Ph.D. component. You will enter the customized dental school training component only after completing the Ph.D. qualifying exam and making significant progress with your dissertation research.
The remaining requirements of the Ph.D. program (dissertation research and preparation) will be conducted concurrently with requirements of the D.D.S. curriculum. The combined program will take at least seven years to complete.
How to apply to the dental school
A central application center processes applications to all medical and dental schools of The University of Texas System. Texas residents are required to apply through the UT Application Center. Applications may be obtained from:
Required for Texas residents:
For non-Texas residents only:
Applications are also accepted from the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS). Applications may be obtained from:
American Association of Dental Schools Application Service
1400 K Street, NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
Applications are accepted between May 1 and October 1 of the year preceding anticipated matriculation. All actions on admission are the prerogative of the Admissions Selection Subcommittee of the Dental School. Applicants to UT Health San Antonio are responsible for instructing the Division of Education Measurements of the ADA to send DAT results directly to The University of Texas Medical and Dental Application Center or to AADSAS. Please refer to the appropriate information section on the Dental Admission Test.
TMDSAS Timeline for Application / Admission Process
May 1 - October 1 - application period in year prior to desired admission. (TMDSAS Deadline)
August - School begins interviewing applicants.
How to apply to the Ph.D. program
Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must apply to and be accepted separately to both the UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
Recommendation Form (You must submit three recommendations.)
Submit your prior research experience, publications and research interests. (CV).
FUNDING: Candidates accepted to the UTHSCSA D.D.S./Ph.D. program can apply for funding through COSTAR. This funding will include a stipend, tuition, travel and other training-related expenses. In the event that the student’s program lasts longer than the duration of the grant, the responsibility for funding additional years will be that of the student’s major research advisor.
ADVISORY COMMITTEE: When selected for the COSTAR Track I D.D.S./Ph.D. program, each student will be assigned a member of the Leadership Council as an advisor. This individual will work closely with the student and the assigned Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS) of the department in which the student is pursuing the Ph.D. until such time that the student chooses a major advisor. At this time the COSTAR Leadership Council Advisor will work closely with the major advisor and appropriate departmental COGS.