Applicants to this program should be interested in pursuing a career in basic or patient-oriented science in the areas of skeletal biology, cell/developmental biology, immunology, or microbiology leading to a PhD degree. Eligible applicants will be individuals with a doctoral degree in dentistry (DMD, DDS), a medical doctoral degree (MD), or a student already accepted into the DMD program at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Applicants for admission should have an undergraduate record of introductory courses in calculus, physics, biology, and chemistry, both physical and organic, and significant laboratory research experience. Strong consideration is given to letters of recommendation, particularly from individuals who have firsthand knowledge of the applicant’s research experience.

Scores from the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) should be submitted (General); the GRE subject test is optional in the subject of your choice. Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not received a degree from an English language institution must score at least 100 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The BSDM Admissions Committee bases decisions regarding admission on a balanced discussion of undergraduate performance/GPA, GRE scores, professional school transcripts (if applicable), TOEFL, letters of recommendation and essay/career goals.