Texas A&M College of Dentistry offers advanced education in certificate programs in eight major dental specialty areas and two graduate programs that lead to a Masters  or Ph.D. degree related to the dental profession.

Admission Procedures for Clinical Specialty Programs


The DENTPIN ( Dental Personal Identifier Number) is a unique personal identifier for applicants and students involved with the U.S. dental education system and standardized testing programs. You must register or retrieve a DENTPIN from the American Dental Association site and use it to proceed with your application to a dental education program or application service, your application to test, or your score report request.

Various entities, such as the ADA and National Board Examination, use the DENTPIN to identify students and test-takers and for the confidential, secure reporting, transmission and tracking of test scores and academic data.

Admissions Procedures for Biomedical Sciences and Education of Healthcare Professionals

The M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Biomedical Sciences accept applications via Apply Texas.

Application Forms and Fees

The following specialty certificate programs accept applications through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS):

  • Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD)
  • Dental Public Health
  • Endodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Prosthodontics

The following specialty certificate programs and degree programs require the College of Dentistry paper application to be submitted:

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (certificate/ M.S. or Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences)
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (certificate)
  • Periodontics (certificate/optional M.S. in Oral Biology)

Applications not submitted through online services are to be completed and returned to:

The Program to which you are applying
(Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology, or Periodontics)
Texas A&M College of Dentistry
3302 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75246. 

An application processing fee of $35 is non-refundable and must be included with your application. The application renewal fee is $25. International applicants must submit a money order drawn on an U.S. bank. Applications are valid for one year only and a re-application fee must accompany subsequent applications.

Individuals requesting a combined clinical specialty/M.S. or Ph.D. program may do so using a single application form.  If applying through PASS or Match programs, please contact PASS (202-332-8795) or Match (416-977-3431) directly for applications. If applying through the PASS Program, it is not necessary to send another application or an application fee to Texas A&M College of Dentistry.


Distribute the reference forms to each person writing a recommendation, along with a stamped, addressed envelope. (Note that these go directly from the recommending person to the Director of Admissions.) As you probably know, it is considered discourteous to give a person's name as a reference unless you have first received permission to do so. A brief visit or telephone call will both obtain their permission and show your appreciation for the effort.


Request official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended be sent to the Director of Admissions. As indicated on side two of the application, these should be sent directly from the college or university to Texas A&M College of Dentistry, and not included with this application. International applicants must have transcripts evaluated by Educational Credentials Evaluators. They can be reached at PO Box 514070, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203-3470, by telephone at (414) 289-3400, or by fax at (414) 289-3411. You should request the "course-by-course" report.

If you have a dental degree, or expect to receive one, request that a letter from the Dean of the dental school, certifying your grade point average and class standing, be sent to the Director of Admissions.

Applications to M.S. or Ph.D. Programs

Clinical programs that also require or offer the option of an MS or PhD degree require applicants to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test. (U.S. applicants for Prosthodontics and Endodontics may substitute National Board Dental Exam scores). GRE scores made more than five calendar years prior to application for admission may not normally be used, except when the applicant has been involved in graduate or professional academic programs for the majority of the time since the testing date. GRE scores made more than ten calendar years prior to application for admission to graduate studies may not be used.

National Board Scores

Except for international applicants, National Board scores for all clinical programs must be furnished.


International students from non-English-speaking countries must present an acceptable TOEFL score of 79-80 on the Internet-based test, 550 minimum paper based; 213 computer based and be fluent in both written and spoken English.

Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Include with your application a copy of your Curriculum Vitae, or resume and a narrative on your goals and objectives.

Personal Interviews

Personal interviews may be required at the discretion of the Department.

Application Deadlines

Applications should be submitted the year prior to the anticipated date of enrollment, by the following deadlines:

Advanced Education in General Dentistry

August 1♦

Biomedical Sciences

December 15¤

Dental Public Health

November 1


August 1♦

Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology

October 1

Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

October 1

October 1♦‡


August 17♦‡

Pediatric Dentistry

October 1♦‡


October 1


August 1♦

 ♦Program participates in PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service). Contact PASS directly for an application.
‡Program participates in Match. Contact Match directly.
¤Program accepts applications via Apply Texas.

Required of All New Students

Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine

Texas Senate Bill 1107 (now TEC 51.9192) was passed and signed into law by Texas State Governor Rick Perry. Effective January 1, 2012, TEC 51.9192 (amended by SB No. 62, effective Oct. 1, 2013) requires all students entering an institution of higher education (public and private) to either receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or meet certain criteria for declining such a vaccination before  the first day of the semester. All details may be found on the Texas A&M University Office of Admissions web page.

Drug Screening

Individuals accepted into programs of  Texas A&M College of Dentistry must submit to and satisfactorily complete a drug screening as a condition of admission. This screen must be completed and satisfactory results received by Texas A&M College of Dentistry within 30 days after matriculation or before participation in a rotation or patient treatment that requires such a screening, whichever comes first. This guideline also applies to those students or program participants entering or continuing in programs that do not involve the review of the Admissions Committee or a Program Director.  Students who refuse to submit to or do not pass the drug screening review may be dismissed from the program. 

Drug screening results will be honored by College of Dentistry and all of its affiliates for the duration of the student's enrollment in the program if the participating student has not had a break in enrollment at Texas A&M College of Dentistry. A break in enrollment is defined as nonattendance of one full semester (fall or spring) or more. The above information must be verifiable through Texas A&M College of Dentistry. 

The drug screening test will be performed by the Concentra Health Services Laboratory here at College of Dentistry on the first day of your scheduled orientation.  This is an unobserved urine screen generally acceptable for prescreening of employees and students in educational rotations where they have access to vulnerable populations. A report of the results of this test will be provided to the College of Dentistry Student Health Clinic Nurse, and students cannot attend rotations at the facilities that require a screen until she receives an acceptable result from the laboratory.

Students are responsible for the cost of the screening. Fees for the test, approximately $45, will be charged to the student's school account. Students will be instructed when to report to the College of Dentistry Student Health Clinic on the first day of orientation.

Criminal Background Checks

Individuals accepted into programs at Texas A&M College of Dentistry must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check (CBC) review as a condition of matriculation. These CBCs disclose all actions including convictions, arrests, charges, grand jury indictments and deferred adjudications. Enrollment will not be final until the completion of the CBC with results deemed favorable. Admission may be rescinded based on a review of the CBC. This guideline also applies to those students or program participants entering or continuing in programs that do not involve the review of the Admissions Committee or a Program Director. Some international students with no experience in employment or education in the USA and a first time entry into the States may be exempt from this requirement due to Homeland Security background screening.

Students who refuse to submit to or do not pass the LCBC review may be refused admission or dismissed from the program.

The CBC will be done by This is an online process that allows the applicant to see the results of the CBC and to release a report to the Texas A&M College of Dentistry security office.  The Security staff will access the report online and relay any remarkable findings to the administrative committee responsible for review of any adverse results. Students have the right to challenge the results of the agency providing the information and should contact if they feel there are errors in the report to be sent to Texas A&M College of Dentistry.

The applicant is responsible for the cost of the CBC and may pay with credit card or money order. The company will quote the package fee of $40 but individuals with multiple names or residents of counties outside the State of Texas will incur additional fees. 

Mandatory Health Insurance

Experiences of our students reinforce the wisdom of maintaining health insurance.  With this in mind Texas A&M College of Dentistry has a mandatory requirement for this coverage.  The Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) does offer a policy but the student may fulfill this obligation in any way he or she chooses. The information and enrollment forms for the policy offered to students may be found through Associated Insurance Plans International.  Choose "Texas A&M College of Dentistry (TAMU) campus".

Proof of insurance coverage must be submitted to the College of Dentistry Office of Student Affairs by July 1 of each year.

Questions or concerns may be directed to Texas A&M College of Dentistry Student Affairs at 214-828-8210.

Health Insurance Provisions Related to International Students

Because health care in the USA is expensive, it is TAMHSC guideline that all students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States are required to be covered under the Student Health Insurance Plan or have equivalent insurance coverage. "Equivalent coverage" means that an alternate guideline must meet or exceed each of the following:

  • Repatriation of remains in the amount of $7,500 and

  • Medical evacuation to one's home country of at least $10,000 and

  • Medical benefits of at least $50,000 per accident or illness and

  • A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness.

If you will be eligible to receive College health insurance coverage through employment as a budgeted graduate assistant (research or teaching) working a minimum of 20 hours a week, you will have opportunity to sign up during new employee enrollment for the "Optional Accidental Death and Dismemberment" guideline. This portion of the employee policy will cover the "medical evacuation and repatriation" requirements.  You may also purchase "medical evacuation and repatriation" coverage under a separate policy at an approximate rate of $25 per year.

Health insurance brochures are available in the Student Services Office, Room 525.

It is important that international applicants be aware of the following information regarding health care in the United States.

  • Social Security is a mandatory retirement system in the USA and does not pay health care costs.
  • No medical costs in the USA are subsidized by the government for international people who are non-residents.  The USA does not have socialized medicine.  All costs of health care are paid by the patient.
  • All insurance policies are different in their coverage, costs, and the percentage of medical costs that will be reimbursed.  Compare policies before purchasing.
  • It is likely that the insurance provider will require the patient to pay in full all medical bills and then submit a claim form for reimbursement of covered expenses.  Reimbursements can take several months. Copies of all medical bills and related documents should be kept for a least one year.
  • Payment of bills and/or submitting insurance claim forms for reimbursement is the responsibility of each individual who receives medical treatment.

The following are terms that insurance policies have in common and that international applicants should understand before purchasing a policy.  Questions about any aspect of a policy should be directed to the insurance company before purchasing.

  • Dependent coverage means insurance for spouse and children. It is available in most policies at additional cost.
  • A premium is the amount you pay to buy the policy.
  • A deductible is an amount of money that you must pay for your health care services before the insurance policy will begin to pay. It can be a specific amount or a percentage of the cost of the medical bill. The is a non-refundable cost.

Tuition and Fees for Graduate Students

Effective July 1, 2015 (subject to change) 

Graduate Tuition - Residents (fee per semester hour)


Graduate Tuition - Non Residents (fee per semester hour)


Designated Tuition (fee per semester hour)

(total cost based on number of hours for each degree plan,

with a maximum of 15 hours)


Non-Resident Differential Tuition (fee per semester hour)


Audit Fee


Academic Technology Fee (fee per semester hour)


Computer Use Fee (fee per semester hour)


Library Fee (fee per semester hour)


Foreign Application Fee (one time only)


International Fee (per semester)


Health Fee (per semester)


    Summer reduced fee


Medical Liability Fee (per semester)


    Summer reduced fee


Matriculation Fee (one time only - first semester)


General Property Deposit (one time only - first semester)


Parking (optional)


    Summer Session


ID Cards (picture ID, building access, garage access)


Graduation Fee


Late payment of fees after 1st week (each semester)

    $10 for each additional week


Late fee for adding courses after reporting date, if an

increase in semester hours results


Links to Graduate Programs

Advanced Clinical Programs

Oral Biology - Basic Science Track


Contact Advanced Education Programs

Advanced Education in General Dentistry

Dr. Amirali Zandinejad, Director 


Dr. Gerald Glickman, Director

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

Dr. Harvey Kessler, Director

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology

Dr. Diane Flint, Director

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. Likith Reddy, Director


Dr. Larry Tadlock, Director

Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Carolyn Kerins, Director


Dr. Garth Griffiths, Director undefined


Dr. William Nagy, Director

Biomedical Sciences Track

Kathy Svoboda, Ph.D., Director

Contact the Office of Research and Graduate Studies

General Application Information

Kim Luttman
Program Manager

Larry L. Bellinger, Ph.D. 
Regents Professor
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Richard Cardenas
Program Manager

Jill Newsom
Administrative Assistant