Prospective Students

Admissions FAQ

Q: I am interested in enrolling in an advanced education program as well as the PhD Program. What do I do?

A: You must apply to both programs and be accepted by both programs. Students accepted into one program are not automatically accepted into the other. If you are accepted into a specialty program, you can apply to the PhD program after you arrive.

Q: As a student in the PhD program, am I eligible for financial aid?

A: Yes, all students accepted into the program are eligible for some form of financial aid. This includes international students. Students in the Oral Biology program are appointed as Graduate Research Associates. This appointment provides a stipend of $25,000 per year and a fee authorization that covers the majority of your tuition expenses.

Q: I am an internationally-trained dentist interested in the PhD program. Can I practice dentistry in the USA?

A: Generally the answer is no.  However, if you are accepted into a specialty program or are teaching in our dental clinics, you may be eligible to apply for a Limited Resident’s license.

Q: Do I have to have a DDS or equivalent to enter the program?

A: No. Many of our students do have a DDS or equivalent degree, but not all. The minimum requirement is a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in one of the biological or physical sciences or engineering.

Q: What are the minimum scores/grades to gain entry?

A: The Graduate School at the Ohio State University requires a grade point average of 3.0/4.0 for admission to the graduate school, but the average GPA for our accepted students is >3.5.  International students must have a TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the iBT. Our program requires GRE test scores from students, and the average for accepted students is above the 60th percentile. Our program looks closely at GRE scores, but considers other factors (previous research experience, grades, recommendation letters, and research interests that match those of our faculty) as equal or more important factors for admission.

Q: When can I begin the program?

A: Most students begin in the fall semester but students can start other semesters under special circumstances.

Q: When should I apply to the program?

A: Complete applications that are received by January 1 are considered for the widest range of financial aid packages. Complete applications received after that date but before the end of April will be considered by our program; however, fewer opportunities for financial aid will be available.

Q: When are decisions about acceptance made

A: Acceptance decisions are made in March, and accepted students should return their acceptance form in April.

Q: Can I apply online?

Yes, we only accept online applications. Please see How to Apply.