Admissions Requirements

1.  A baccalaureate (B.A./B.S.) degree or its equivalent from a fully accredited institution or a D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree, or its equivalent from a fully accredited institution. For those entering with a baccalaureate (B.A./B.S) degree, a degree in biological sciences is preferable. As a minimum, each student entering from a baccalaureate level should have the following on their transcript: two semesters of calculus, two semesters of inorganic chemistry, two semesters of organic chemistry, two semesters of physics, and four semesters of biology.

2. Minimum total grade point average of 3.0 (0 to 4 point system) and/or a record of study and experience predictive of success in advanced education.

3. High percentile combined scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (score will depend on exam version).

4. All international applicants should be fluent in English and have a score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) that indicates a high level of reading and listening skills and a good level of writing skills. The TOEFL may be waived if the candidate has earned a previous degree (B.A/B.S., M.S., or D.D.S./D.M.D.) from a fully accredited institution in the United States. In other cases in which the student did not attend a domestic institution, the TOEFL requirement may be waived for admission if it is determined by the Office of the Dean for Research and Graduate Studies that the applicant has adequate fluency in English to succeed in graduate courses.

Application Procedures

Thank you for your interest in our program

1. The application deadline for both the M.S. and the Ph.D. programs is December 15.  Candidates may have a better chance of admission if the materials are submitted well in advance of the application deadline, which is especially true for the Ph.D. program.

2. An application fee must accompany the completed application. Applications are valid for one year only. A re-application fee must accompany subsequent applications. International applicants must submit the application fee in the form of a money order drawn on a U.S. bank.

 We have a new website and application process. The new website is through the Texas A&M University.  This link leads to detailed instructions for this new process:  Apply online through APPLYTEXAS at  First, select Texas A&M University (College Station), Application Type, Semester of Entry, and then select the “Medical Science, M.S.” or “Medical Science, Ph.D.”  major. There is a question at the end of the application that asks what campus you want to attend; you should pick DALLAS.   We are in the process of seeking approval for a new Oral Biology Program, and once it is approved, our students will be transferred to this program.  Letters of recommendation can be requested through the Texas A&M University Applicant Information System (AIS) via the Howdy Portal or directly at  AIS access is granted after your application has been received, your Universal Identification Number has been issued and you have activated your NetID.  You will receive instructions on how to activate your NetID

Other requirements include:

  1. One official transcript must be sent from each college that you have attended.  

  2. The Texas A&M University Admissions office does not accept credential evaluations from private companies.  We perform our own evaluation of foreign credentials.  Therefore, we require the official native language transcript with an accompanying official English translation.

  3. Texas A&M University will accept transcripts sent electronically through SPEEDE or eSCRIP-SAFE. Transcripts from any other vendor will not be accepted.

  4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores – please use the code 6003.

  5. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score for international applicants. The TOEFL institution code for TAMU is also 6003.  Additionally, we accept IELTS, International English Language Testing System scores.

  6. Deadline for applications: December 15.

  7. Financial support - We do not support MS degree candidates, but support may be available for Ph.D. students.

  8. Tuition cost can be found on the graduate school website link:

  9. Visiting the campus is not encouraged.  If the graduate committee wants to interview you, they will send an invitation.  However, you will not be reimbursed for travel expenses for interviews.

The graduate committee will not review an application until it is complete.


Kathy Svoboda, Ph.D.

Graduate Program Director
Regents Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University College of Dentistry
3302 Gaston Ave.
Dallas, Texas 75246

Limitations on the Use of Transfer, Extension and Certain Other Courses:

If otherwise acceptable, certain courses may be used toward meeting credit-hour requirements under the following limitations:

 --The maximum number of credit hours that may be considered for transfer credit is one third (1/3) of the total hours of the degree plan. Only courses taken in residence at an accredited U.S. institution with a final grade of B or better will be considered for transfer credit.

-- No credit may be obtained by correspondence study.

-- For graduate courses of three weeks' duration or less, up to one hour of credit may be obtained for each five-day week of coursework. Each week of coursework must include at least 15 contact hours.

Transfer of Credit

See the Texas A&M University catalog.

Foreign Languages

There is no foreign language requirement for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees.

Fees and Expenses

Information about application fees and tuition costs can be found at:

Tuition Refund Policy

See the Texas A&M University catalog

Financial Assistance

A limited number of fellowships and assistantships may be available on a competitive basis. Information concerning stipends and allowances may be obtained from the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Office. Information regarding applications for loans may be obtained from the Office of Student Aid, Texas A&M University. 

Grading System

Check course syllabus for grading scale.

Academic Progress Policies

No student has a constitutional right to attend Texas A&M University College of Dentistry irrespective of academic performance. Failure to achieve and maintain a prescribed scholastic requirement is a justifiable cause for dismissal (see the Texas A&M University College of Dentistry Academic and Disciplinary Due Process for Advanced Education Students).

The academic review procedure at Texas A&M University College of Dentistry involves faculty evaluation of both cognitive and non-cognitive performance in specific courses and assignment of grades. Non-cognitive performance includes, but is not limited to, technical and interpersonal skills, attitudes, and professional character. To appeal a course grade, a student may present in writing to the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies a request for review of a final course grade if a conference with the faculty and the chair of the course department does not resolve the question. The Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies will consider the appeal and may refer it to the Graduate Education Council.

M.S. and Ph.D. students are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) or greater. For Ph.D. students, individual grades of C or C+, while not of themselves sufficient cause for dismissal as long as the cumulative grade point is 3.0 or better, are not acceptable for application toward the 96 required credit hours. If any student receives a C in a graduate course, the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Committee may require the student to retake the course to achieve a grade of B or better. For all students, failure to maintain a grade point of 3.0 or better or receipt of a final grade of D, F, or WF in any course is sufficient cause for dismissal.  The grade of I (Incomplete) may be given only when the completed portion of work in the course is of passing quality. Students may not register in a course in which they have a grade of I other than Research for the Master's Thesis (5V98), Thesis (5V99), or Special Problems (5V41-44). Students who receive one or more incomplete grades during a semester may have their schedule for the following semester reduced by the number of hours of "I" received.

Any students who fail to maintain a B average with all grades in the range of C to A during any semester of their graduate program will be placed on academic probation for the next twelve (12) semester hours of course work or until all course work is completed, whichever occurs first. During the probationary period, students must restore the cumulative grade point average to 3.0 (B).

Electronic Submission of Theses and Dissertations

Masters candidates are required to submit a thesis and Doctoral candidates will submit a dissertation to fulfill graduation requirements. Electronic submission of the final copy of the thesis or dissertation is mandatory; paper submission is not an option.  Students should check with the thesis/dissertation coordinator in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies (Room 483) for all pertinent guidelines and deadlines.   

Contact Information

Ms. Nancy Anthony
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University College of Dentistry
3302 Gaston Avenue, Dallas, TX 75246
Phone: 214-828-8260;  Fax:  214-874-4538
E-mail inquiries:   Ms. Nancy Anthony, Program Coordinator: