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Oral Biology and Maxillofacial Pathology

With a Doctor of Oral Biology and Maxillofacial Pathology, you’ll learn molecular, cellular, bioengineering and in vivo research methodologies from The Dental College of Georgia’s award-winning faculty.

The program focuses on the biological processes that contribute to the normal development of the orofacial complex and the diseases that arise in this area.

By earning your doctorate in Oral Biology and Maxillofacial Pathology from The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University, you’ll be engaged and inspired to make new scientific discoveries that improve clinical care.

Oral Biology and Maxillofacial Pathology is for you if you consider yourself

Analytical and Strategic
Innovative and Cutting-edge



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What You'll Study


Students in Augusta University’s Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Oral Biology and Maxillofacial Pathology program are admitted via a common admissions process to the Biomedical Sciences PhD program. After completing the first-year core classwork and laboratory rotations, students choose a dissertation research mentor and enter the Oral Biology and Maxillofacial Pathology program.

Students are expected to complete the program in approximately five years of full-time, year-round study. The maximum duration of the program is seven years.

Curriculum | Admissions Criteria | Tuition and Fees | Application Deadlines

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Graduate School Advantage

Augusta University's graduate programs are among the best in the nation – and the world – and our graduate students are our most valuable assets. To ensure that our students earn more than a degree, the Graduate School offers a range of opportunities so they can develop the leadership, communication and personal skills needed for a rewarding life and academic, research or professional career.

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About the Graduate School

Experience-based Education

Outside the Classroom

The Dental College of Georgia works in collaboration with other units as well as other universities within the University System of Georgia to perform innovative, multidisciplinary research in dental and oral health related diseases, which provides students with engaging opportunities to interact with researchers and their projects.

With the interdisciplinary program spanning the spectrum of biomedical sciences, the oral biology investigators have a wide range of research interests, which translates into exciting research opportunities for students.

Multidisciplinary Approach

The strong connection between biomedical science and clinical care is emphasized in every class.


Lasting Legacy

Established in 1969, DCG is the state’s only dental college, providing care to nearly 50,000 patients each year.


Broad Research

Faculty research interests include oral cancer, bone metabolism, tissue regeneration, diabetes and hypertension.


Recognized Faculty

Faculty serve in high-profile organizations, on editorial boards for major scientific journals and present groundbreaking research at national meetings.

Your Future

Career Options

With a doctorate in Oral Biology and Maxillofacial Pathology, graduates can explore a wide range of research topics in the biomedical sciences.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for a medical scientist is $95,310. The job outlook through 2031 is growing much faster than average.


Student Stories

I planned to pursue PhD in biomedical science to equip myself with knowledge and skills that would enhance my academic career and broaden my professional life. The collaboration between biomedical sciences and the dental sector helps me be part of translational research and contribute to the field of medicine.

Bidhan Bhandari


I am a dentist from India and I believe that a treatment becomes useful and valuable if it is based on the best evidence and coupled with the right equipment, methods, and technology. Pursuing biomedical research has equipped me with the tools to enhance my skills and broaden my knowledge in the field.

Harshit Singhania




Admissions Criteria at a Glance

GPA: Overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the Baccalaureate level calculated on all undergraduate work.

Degree Requirement: Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university.

Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Unofficial transcripts from US colleges and universities can be used in the admissions review process in lieu of official transcripts for this program.

Standardized Test Requirements: None are required for this program.

Letters of Recommendation: Recommendations from three individuals must be submitted through the application portal.

Resume: Applicants must submit a resume or curriculum vitae within the application portal.

Research Experience: Research experience is required for admission.  Applicants will provide a personal statement that includes a summary and description of your research experience in the application portal.

International Students: Please review the verification process for international transcripts and the english proficiency requirement.

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Detailed Program Tuition Information

Please visit the Graduate School for detailed admission criteria and important application process information.

Application Deadlines

Fall '24 Early Deadline

  • December 1, 2023

Fall '24 Standard Deadline

  • December 15, 2023

Application fee waiver extended to Dec 15, 2023

Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.

All required application materials and documents must be received in order for an application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made. The program does not accept applications after the published application deadline, however the program will continue to accept application materials up to 2 weeks after the application deadline.

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Learning Like No Other

Why Augusta?

As Georgia’s only dental college, an oral biology degree from The Dental College of Georgia gets noticed.

Interdisciplinary research opportunities expose you to the latest advances in biomedical science and clinical care.

A state-of-the-art facility located on Augusta University’s Health Sciences Campus puts you at the heart of the university’s research enterprise.

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Learning Like No Other

The Graduate School prepares successful and innovative leaders, scholars, researchers, educators and clinicians to advance their field and impact their community and the world. Currently, The Graduate School offers over 45 graduate degree and advanced certificate programs. The wide range of doctoral, specialist and master’s degree programs, as well as graduate certificate programs offered, provide outstanding training, research, clinical and educational opportunities.