DMD/PHD Dental Medicine Scientist Training


This combined degree program is designed for outstanding students who wish to become dentist scientists and pursue research careers in an academic environment. The curriculum typically is completed in seven to eight years. Stipends of $28,000 per year and tuition, paid by a number of sources including a NIH/NIDCR T32 institutional training grant, are also provided for DMD/PhD students. More information can be found at College of Dental Medicine's Dental Medicine Scientist information page.


1.     Prerequisites


Semester Hours

General Chemistry 8
Organic Chemistry


Biology or Zoology 8
Physics 8
Science Electives
(Microbiology, Biochemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Genetics, etc.)
English 6
Mathematics 6

 All prerequisite coursework must be taken at a regionally accredited US institution. Courses not to exceed 60 semester hours can be taken at a community or technical college or online. All prerequisite coursework must be completed by matriculation in June. All science courses should be taken with the corresponding labs.

2.     ADEA AADSAS application

The following materials must be submitted through ADEA AADSAS. You do not need to have anything sent directly to MUSC.

  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended

    Strong preference is given to applicants who have, or will have                    
    completed, four years of college coursework and have earned a                  
    bachelor's degree at a regionally accredited US institution prior to              
    matriculation. In extremely rare circumstances a minimum of three years of
    exemplary college work, including an exceptional science GPA and DAT
    scores, may be considered.  

  • Official DAT scores

    Official US DAT scores must be less than five years old. Canadian DAT      
    scores are not accepted. It is recommended that you take the DAT early to
    allow ample time for official scores to be received or retesting if                

  • Letters of Recommendation
    A minimum of three individual letters of recommendation or one confidential committee letter are required. It is recommended that letters of recommendation come from those most familiar with the applicant (i.e. faculty member, dentist, leader or mentor in volunteer organization, etc.)

3.   Supplemental MUSC application

*Please note that both applications are required before the application will be marked complete and reviewed by the admissions committee.

*Applicants that have applied in previous years must submit new AADSAS and MUSC applications and should update all application materials for each new admissions cycle.

Application Process

Applicants must complete the AADSAS application and the MUSC Supplemental Application before application materials will be reviewed and the applicant will be considered for an interview. For detailed information about admissions and the application process, please go to the Dental Medicine admissions webpage at the College of Dental Medicine's Admissions page.

Use of Marijuana and/or CBD Products

Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug and is illegal to purchase in South Carolina. Apart from a narrow and limited scope of codified/documented medical exceptions, it is illegal for individuals to use marijuana/tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)  in South Carolina. Although cannabidiol (CBD) products may be purchased and used in South Carolina, please be aware that CBD products may contain higher levels of THC than represented on packaging and use of CBD products can result in a positive drug screen for THC/marijuana.  Be aware that current drug testing methods cannot accurately ascertain the origins of THC metabolites (i.e., whether from marijuana or CBD products). Your academic program has the authority to conduct random and/or scheduled drug testing; if your test result is reported as positive for THC metabolites (even if you only used a CBD product), your ability to be accepted into the program, progress in the program, and/or successfully complete the program may be negatively impacted.  

Application Deadlines

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Summer 2021 Regular July 1, 2020 Dec 15, 2020