Ph.D. in Dental Sciences

Prepare for a career in teaching or research

The Indiana University School of Dentistry’s Ph.D. in Dental Sciences is the only degree program of its kind in the state. With tracks in dental biomaterials, dental materials, oral biology, and preventive dentistry, the program focuses on basic and clinical science areas as they relate to the human organism and on the effect of dental materials on cariology, molecular biology and etiology, and pathogenesis.

As a student in the Ph.D. program, you’ll have the opportunity to work with a group of innovative research scientists who are exploring areas such as cariology, periodontology, digital imaging, materials sciences, microbiology and immunology, bone research, oral facial genetics, proteolytic enzymes, and cancer biology. When you graduate, you’ll be well prepared for teaching and/or research positions in dental schools, medical schools, university basic science departments, research institutes, government agencies, and industry.

How to apply

You will use the IUPUI Online Graduate and Professional Admissions Application to apply for the Ph.D. program.

The application deadline is January 15 each year.

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Costs and financial aid

Your tuition and fee costs will depend on your residency (in state or out of state) and the number of credit hours you take each semester. You can use IUPUI’s tuition and fee estimator as a starting point for figuring out what your costs will be.

The University Graduate School can help you explore options for paying for graduate school.

Learn more about costs and financial aid