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Graduate Programs (PhD)

The Office of Graduate and Reseach Affairs (OGRA) offers academic programs at the leading edge of basic and translational biomedical sciences related to craniofacial development, oral health, and disease processes and treatments.

The PhD program in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences (OCS) is administered through the UCSF School of Dentistry and maintains a special commitment to the education of dental professionals seeking advanced research training and academic careers.

These programs are available for DDS degree holders and other health professionals, and non-professional students with a strong commitment to research in relevant areas.

Our ultimate goal is to provide outstanding training for future academic, professional and research leaders.

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.
  • GRE scores (no older than 5 years)
  • Original TOEFL scores (If English is not your native language)
  • Completed Graduate Division application by December 1. The application form is available at

More information:

Faculty in the OCS Graduate Group
OCS Program Students

For more information or questions about the PhD program please contact:

Roger Mraz, Program Administrator
Office of Graduate and Research Affairs
513 Parnassus Ave., S-619A
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430
tel: 415/502-7772
fax: 415/502-7763

Student disability services

UCSF is committed to ensuring access to graduate education for all students. Early communication with the relevant administrators is critical to successful partnership in arranging accommodations. SDS is the appropriate and confidential office for seeking accommodations, and will coordinate communications and procedures with you and the graduate faculty and programs. Please visit the website and look over the student disability services info for more information.

Student Success at UCSF

Success in graduate school requires care and attention to all aspects of your life: health and wellness, community, career development, personal and professional relationships, and security and safety. UCSF is committed to providing a full range of resources and services to help you succeed. Learn more about these resources by visiting our Student Success website.