Application Process and Admissions
Prospective students and current UF-DMD students interested in applying for the joint degree program are highly encouraged to first consult with the DMD-PhD Coordinator, prior to submitting an application to the DMD-PhD program (e.g., Joint-Degree Program). Contact information for the DMD-PhD Coordinator is as follows:
Prospective Students – It is important for prospective students to understand that applications, review committees, interviews for the DMD program, and the joint degree program are completely independent. Students must be accepted into the DMD program for acceptance into the joint degree program. Therefore, prospective DMD students should apply to the DMD program through the AADSAS application process in conjunction with all other DMD applicants.
A separate application for the joint DMD-PhD program must be submitted as described below. An ad hoc DMD-PhD Admissions Committee reviews the application. This Committee is composed of at least two faculty of the College of Dentistry and two faculty of the applicant’s prospective concentration of the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences. Formation of the committee and processing of applications is by the DMD-PhD coordinator of the College of Dentistry in consultation with the Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the College of Medicine.
Because the DMD admissions is on a rolling basis, applicants are strongly advised to first apply to the DMD program as early as possible, then submit a DMD-PhD application afterwards; no more than a month later. Candidates selected for interview by the DMD Admissions Committee may, during the same visit interview with members of the ad hoc DMD-PhD Admissions Committee.
Current DMD Students – Students currently in the UF DMD program are also encouraged to apply to the joint degree program. The review process and restrictions are identical to those described above for prospective students. Follow the instructions below for submitting an application; in addition, contact the DMD-PhD Coordinator to obtain a Dean’s Certification Form.
Ineligible Applicants – The joint degree program is open to US citizens or Permanent Residents who have NOT already earned a DMD degree (or equivalent), or a PhD degree in the biomedical sciences.
DMD-PhD Application Deadline – For prospective students, the application for the joint DMD-PhD program must be submitted by October 1 of the year preceding entrance into the DMD program. Current DMD students can apply at any time up until the end of semester 7 (Fall DN3).
DMD-PhD Application Process
Part 1: Apply online to the UF Biomedical Sciences (BMS) program through the UF Admissions website, ASAP. After creating an account, go to the online application and do the following:
- Fill out the pages labeled Personal Information, Conduct Disclosure and Application Information.
- Under Program of Study select Medical Sciences. Choose the Fall term and year you are applying for, then select your intended BMS Concentration or select BMS-Undeclared. Leave blank the boxes labeled Program Specialization and Department Contact Name.
- Fill out information in Academic Background. Have official undergraduate and Master’s transcripts (if applicable) sent from your undergraduate institution(s) to: Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 114000, Gainesville, FL 32611-4000. However, students who completed a BS or BA degree and/or Master’s degree at UF do not need to have transcripts from UF sent. Fill in the appropriate information regarding your dates of attendance and degree(s) awarded by UF. If you are currently a UF DMD student, transcripts from the DMD program are not required.
- Provide information under Activities.
- Under Test Scores leave ALL boxes blank.
- Under Additional Questions and Statement of Purpose provide a personal statement to inform the admissions committee of your career goals and previous research experiences. Discuss at least one research experience in detail (Aim and the background information to justify your aim, techniques used, results obtained and how they advance the field, and future goals based on your results). Address how your research experiences influenced your goals. Provide any other information you want to convey.
- Under Additional Questions and Resume/Other, provide the following information:
- RESEARCH POSITIONS (Inclusive dates, Position, University/Company, Laboratory, Project, Name of P.I.)
- HONORS and AWARDS (Title of each award and year given)
- TEACHING and SUPERVISORY EXPERIENCE (Inclusive dates, position, University/College or school)
- CERTIFICATIONS and TRAININGS (A listing of all obtained and dates)
- TECHNICAL/LABORATORY SKILLS
- PUBLICATIONS (Title, Journal, Vol., Pages, Year)
- POSTERS PRESENTED (Title, month/year presented, location, organization)
- ORAL PRESENTATIONS (Title, month/year presented, location, organization)
- COMPUTER KNOWLEDGE
- Under Additional Questions and Special Programs Application leave all items blank.
- The next page is Letters of Recommendation. Fill out the information in the application form for having LOR’s sent. It is highly recommended that at least three letters come from research mentors, other faculty, or from laboratory personnel that supervised your work.
- Fill out the Residency Information page.
- Fill out the Acknowledgement page and submit.
- Request ADA to send your Dental Admissions Test Official Report Scores to the DMD-PhD Coordinator, Dr. David Culp.
- Send an email to the DMD-PhD Coordinator indicating you have submitted an application for the DMD-PhD program to UF Admissions and have also requested DAT scores be sent.