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                 necessary. 

  • 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.


Application Deadlines

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