Doctor of Dental Surgery and PhD Degree


The DDS/PhD program at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry provides training in dentistry and research through a series of clinical and research experiences and course work. Students are admitted to both the DDS program and the Oral Health Sciences PhD program.

DDS/PhD Description

The DDS/PhD program will prepare outstanding scientists with research emphases in areas of oral health and disease, who also will have the finest clinical preparation. Such individuals will be among the leaders in modern academic dentistry.

The DDS/PhD students are funded through various mechanisms that have specific critiera and limitations.

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.

The program is designed for completion in about eight years, and begins with a research rotation the summer before the first year of the predoctoral curriculum. Research and DDS advisors guide each student through the dual degree curriculum. At the conclusion of the program, the DDS and PhD degrees are awarded simultaneously. Financial support, reviewed annually, is provided to students with outstanding academic achievements.

The Academic Progression Plan provides a snapshot of the yearly progression of a student.


Applicants for the DDS/PhD program must first be accepted into the DDS program at the University of Michigan. As early as possible in the admissions process, students should submit a letter of interest in DDS/PhD combined training addressed to:

Director, Oral Health Sciences PhD Program
School of Dentistry
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1078

Admissions Calendar

Date Event
June 1 Admission Cycle Opens through Rackham
October 25 Applicants for Dual Degree DDS/PhD Closes
November 16-20 Interviews for Dual Degree DDS/PhD Program
December 18 First Round of Acceptance Offers for Dual Degree DDS/PhD Program

Note: Applications to the Graduate School at the University of Michigan must be received on or before December 5th to be considered for the following year's admission.

Dual Degree (DDS/PhD) Applications are typically due October 25th. The DDS/PhD Program requires application to both programs, please review the DDS requirements and deadlines. Because of the rolling basis of the admissions process, applicants are urged to apply much earlier than the application deadline.


The University of Michigan School of Dentistry DDS/PhD program is accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry DDS/PhD program was designed to satisfy educational prerequisites to licensure for dentistry only in the state of Michigan. It has not been determined whether educational prerequisites to licensure would be satisfied in other states.

Students should consult the dental board in their state to confirm if the degree from University of Michigan School of Dentistry meets the criteria for professional licensure in their state. Contact information for the state dental boards can be found at the American Dental Association.


School of Dentistry, Office of Research and Research Training
1011 N. University G306, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
734-615-1970 |

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