Dental Scientist Training Program (DDS/PhD)
The UCSF integrated DDS/PhD program is one track of our NIH-sponsored Comprehensive Oral Health Training Program (COHORT). Beginning with the academic year 2004-2005, the UCSF School of Dentistry has created exclusive and additional admissions slots for students electing to enroll in this federally sponsored DDS/PhD program. It is a program designed for those students who are seeking to become the leading scientific investigators of tomorrow.
Revolutionary discoveries and developments in such diverse fields as molecular biology, biotechnology, biomaterials, tissue engineering, and computer science will radically alter how we will diagnose and treat patients. In addition, there is an acute shortage of dental school faculty across the country, a scenario that is worsening each year. To deal with these and many other unforeseen changes in the profession, we need to develop a significant number of clinically trained scientists and scientifically trained clinicians. The program seeks to do this by integrating the UCSF DDS program and a PhD in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences.
Please note that the DDS and PhD application processes are separate and distinct. DDS candidates must reach an advanced stage of the application process to be considered for the DDS/PhD program.
The requirements for Graduate Division Admission include:
- Statement of purpose (one page, single spaced)
- Three letters of recommendation (usually from professors who are familiar with your research experience)
- Original transcripts from all schools attended. If concurrently applying to the dental school, you will need to arrange for a second set of transcripts.
- Original TOEFL scores (If English is not your native language)
- Completed Graduate Division application by December 1. The application form is available at https://gdapply.ucsf.edu/apply/ocsphd
Information on other requirements for dental school admission, student health services, and housing can be found in the section pertaining to the DDS program.
For more information or questions about the DDS/PhD program please contact:
Roger Mraz, Program Administrator
Office of Graduate and Research Affairs
513 Parnassus Ave., S-619A
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430