Oral Biology Master of Science / Doctor of Philosophy


The Department of Oral Biology offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

The program’s goals are to:

  • provide research opportunities applying the scientific method to an oral health problem and
  • provide graduate-level didactic instruction in the basic sciences.

For students who already have a clinical degree, both the research component and didactic instruction enhance the understanding of the clinical courses presented in dental specialty residency programs.
Admission Requirements

  • D.D.S., D.M.D. or equivalent degree preferred
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • GRE score of 900 or higher (sum of verbal and quantitative) for M.S. or 1000 or higher for PhD. Master of Science applicants can substitute completion of Dental National Board, Part I (pass) or above instead of GRE

TOEFL Exam Scores: Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English.

    • Minimum scores:
      • 213 computer-based,
      • 79 internet-based, or:
      • 550 paper-based (PBT) for test takers who took the PBT prior to October 2017, and were scored on the old scoring scale of 310-677
      • No minimum for the revised paper-delivered test (PDT) taken on or after October 2017, and scored on the new scoring scale of 0-30 for each section (Listening, Reading and Writing).
      • All official TOEFL scores must be official and submitted to Augusta University directly from Education Testing Service (ETS) and must be less than two years old. The Augusta University institution code for submission of TOEFL scores is 5406. Please do not select a department code.
      • Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for graduate students who submit proof of earning a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university where English is the language of instruction. For more information, please visit http://www.augusta.edu/admissions/international.ph 

Three references from individuals qualified to assess prior academic and research performance

Combined M.S./D.M.D. and PhD./D.M.D. programs require admission to the Dental College of Georgia as a dental student. At the end of the second year of dental school, the student begins a course of study working toward the graduate degree requirements. The student then re-enters the dental school to complete the D.M.D. degree requirements.
For more information about the program call (706) 721-2526, e-mail gradadm@augusta.edu or visit our website http://catalog.augusta.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=18&poid=1450.