Nyu Oral Biology Masters Application Essay


All applicants should be graduates of dental schools accredited by the American or Canadian Dental Association. General practice or other advanced training residency and experience in research are highly recommended. Applicants are accepted into the program on a rolling admission basis after August 1 of each year.

Application process

All applicants must apply through the Postdoctoral Application Support System (PASS); To apply please visit the American Dental Education Association. Please follow all PASS application deadlines/guidelines. PASS will forward all application files to NYU Dentistry.

Beginning the 2017-2018 Admissions Cycle, all applicants must also apply to the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (MATCH).

Application deadline

Applications for admission to the program are accepted for review until August 1st of the year preceding the academic year in which acceptance is sought.

Please send the following documents to PASS only:

  • 3 sealed letters of recommendation, including the Dean's Letter
  • Official dental school transcript noting your degree
  • A personal essay

Supplemental (NYU) application fee

Please send the following to NYU Dentistry:

  • A 2" x 2" photo. Please email in a .jpg or .jpeg format to Mara Zelaya.
  • $100 USD application fee:
    • For online payments, please visit our Application Fee Payment page. >>> You will need your PASS ID number in order to process this payment.
    • You can also mail your application fee by using a personal check, money order or bank draft. Please make check payable to 'NYU College of Dentistry' and mail to the following address:

Application mailing address

NYU College of Dentistry
Office of Admissions
433 First Avenue, Suite 125
New York, NY 10010
Attn: 2018 Prosthodontics

Please Note:
This $100 supplemental fee is separate from PASS service fees

For more information, please contact:

Mijin Choi, DMD, MS, FACP
Program Director and Clinical Associate Professor of Prosthodontics
(212) 998-9384

Leila Jahangiri, BDS, DMD, MMSc
Chair, Department of Prosthodontics


Track Overview

The Oral Biology track within the Masters of Biology Program is offered through the NYU Graduate School of Arts & Science (GSAS) Department of Biology.  

This track is open only to students with a minimum of a baccalaureate or equivalent degree, alone or combined with advanced clinical training. Candidates are chosen based on their academic records and recommendations and an assessment of the candidate's scholarly potential. MCAT or DAT scores may be submitted in lieu of the GRE (when applying, leave the GRE section blank and upload the MCAT/DAT scores at the end as supplemental information). Applicants whose native language is not English and have not obtained a degree from a US institution must submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores.

Students are awarded the Master of Science degree in Biology degree upon completion of 36 credits with an average GPA of 3.0 or higher, and completion of a qualifying research paper. 24 of the credits must be completed in Biology courses or courses cross-listed with Biology (BIOL-GA). The remaining 12 credits can be completed in graduate courses offered through other departments such as the Department of Biomaterials or Basic Sciences. The qualifying paper (also called a Master’s thesis) can be written based on original laboratory research results (laboratory-based thesis) or an in-depth literature study of an area of oral biology (library-based thesis). The thesis is typically mentored by a faculty member.

Scholarship and Financial Support

At present, there are no scholarships available and all applicants are fully responsible for all costs associated with this program. However there are teaching adjunct positions available. For more information contact Gail Kashishian in the Department of Biology: (212) 998-8212; gk6@nyu.edu.

Example Course Offerings



The MS/OB track will be managed by the NYU GSAS Biology Department and the College of Dentistry. For the schedule of course offerings, please see the graduate course syllabi website.

Approval from the Directors is needed prior to registration for courses outside of Biology, Biomaterials, and the College of Dentistry.

For more information, please contact:

Christine Rushlow, Director of the MS in Biology Program (all tracks)
Professor of Biology, NYU Arts & Science
(212) 998-8270; chris.rushlow@nyu.edu

Joseph Guttenplan, Director of the Oral Biology Track
Professor of Basic Science & Craniofacial Biology, NYU College of Dentistry
(212) 998-9607; yihong.li@nyu.edu

Gail Kashishian, Graduate Student Coordinator
NYU Department of Biology
(212) 998-8212; gk6@nyu.edu


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