D.D.S./Ph.D. Program

This program offers students the opportunity to obtain a D.D.S. degree and Ph.D. in the focus area of Craniofacial Oral-biology through the School of Dentistry and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The goal of this program is to train students to become interactive, competitive clinician scientists who can perform sponsored research in dental and craniofacial-related areas as members of a dental school faculty. The Ph.D. degree will be earned in the Graduate School. 

The D.D.S./Ph.D. program requires that trainees spend the first three years focusing on the graduate Ph.D. component and to enter the customized dental school training component only after completion of the Ph.D. qualifying exam. 

The remaining requirements of the Ph.D. program (thesis research and preparation) will be conducted concurrently with requirements of the D.D.S. curriculum. It is anticipated that the combined program will take at least seven years to complete. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their commitment and potential to pursue a career in academic dentistry.

The COSTAR Training Program is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and has been in existence since 2002. 

The COSTAR Training Program provides stipend, tuition and fees, health insurance, and research support for selected trainees throughout their Ph.D. and D.D.S. training periods and this support is limited to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. 

For more information about COSTAR and the application process, visit our website. To read an article about the program, click here

Contact Information:

For research related questions:
Michael Henry, D.D.S., Ph.D
Director, T32 COSTAR Training Program
Professor, Endodontics

For program related questions:
Noemi Hinojosa
Administrative Assistant-Senior

Application Deadline:
Fall: January 28