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General Information

Admissions Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate (B.A./B.S.) degree or its equivalent from a fully accredited institution or a D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree, or its equivalent from a fully accredited institution. For those entering with a baccalaureate (B.A./B.S) degree, a degree in biological sciences is preferable. As a minimum, each student entering from a baccalaureate level should have the following on their transcript: two semesters of calculus, two semesters of inorganic chemistry, two semesters of organic chemistry, two semesters of physics, and four semesters of biology.
  2. Minimum total grade point average of 3.0 (0 to 4 point system) and/or a record of study and experience predictive of success in advanced education.
  3. High percentile combined scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (score will depend on exam version).
  4. All international applicants should be fluent in English and have a score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) that indicates a high level of reading and listening skills and a good level of writing skills. The TOEFL may be waived if the candidate has earned a previous degree (B.A/B.S., M.S., or D.D.S./D.M.D.) from a fully accredited institution in the United States. In other cases in which the student did not attend a domestic institution, the TOEFL requirement may be waived for admission if it is determined by the Office of the Dean for Research and Graduate Studies that the applicant has adequate fluency in English to succeed in graduate courses.

Application Procedures

  1. The application deadline for both the M.S. and the Ph.D. programs is January 15.  Candidates may have a better chance of admission if the materials are submitted well in advance of the application deadline, which is especially true for the Ph.D. program. Applicants must also apply early (by December 15) if they wish to be considered for financial assistance.
  2. An application fee must accompany the completed application. Applications are valid for one year only. A re-application fee must accompany subsequent applications. International applicants must submit the application fee in the form of a money order drawn on a U.S. bank.


In addition to the online application, the following items must be received directly by the Baylor College of Dentistry’s Office of the Registrar and Graduate Admissions before the application is considered complete:

1) Two official transcripts must be sent from each college that the applicant has attended.

2) International transcripts must be evaluated by an educational credentials evaluation service in the United States that is recognized by the College.

3) Three completed reference forms must be mailed directly to the Office of the Registrar and Graduate Admissions at Baylor College of Dentistry.  The forms can be found on the GSBS Website.

4) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores; use code 6059.

5) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score for international applicants.

After the appropriate decisions have been made, the applicant will be notified by the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Director and the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies.

Limitations on the Use of Transfer, Extension and Certain Other Courses

If otherwise acceptable, certain courses may be used toward meeting credit-hour requirements under the following limitations:

  • The maximum number of credit hours that may be considered for transfer credit is one third (1/3) of the total hours of the degree plan. Only courses taken in residence at an accredited U.S. institution or approved international institution with a final grade of B or better will be considered for transfer credit.
  • No credit may be obtained by correspondence study.
  • For graduate courses of three weeks' duration or less, up to one hour of credit may be obtained for each five-day week of course work. Each week of course work must include at least 15 contact hours.

Transfer of Credit

A student who has earned 12 hours of graduate credit in residence at Baylor College of Dentistry may be authorized to transfer courses in excess of the limits prescribed above upon the recommendation of the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences’ Graduate Program Committee and with the advance approval of the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. Otherwise, the limitations stated in the preceding section apply. Course work in which no formal grades are given or in which grades other than letter grades (A, B, C, etc.) are given (for example, CR, P, S, U, H, etc.) is not accepted for transfer credit. An official transcript from the university in which the transfer course work was taken must be sent directly to the Baylor College of Dentistry Office of the Registrar and Graduate Admissions.

Foreign Languages

There is no foreign language requirement for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees.

Fees and Expenses

Application fees

The following fees are required when submitting an application:

  • Application Fee (non-refundable): $35.00
  • Application Renewal Fee (non-refundable): $25.00


  • Per semester hour for Texas residents: $100.00
  • Per semester hour for nonresidents: $401.00
  • Matriculation fee: $15.00
  • Audit fee, per semester hour: $100.00
  • Late registration fee: $200.00
  • Late payment of fees after 1st week:  $50.00
  • An additional late fee of $10.00 is assessed for each week or portion thereof up to 30 days from the day classes begin. The student is automatically suspended from school if the tuition and fees have not been paid by 30 days after classes begin.
  • Graduation fee: $100.00 -- This fee is charged to cover the cost of hood, cap and gown rental, diploma and other expenses attendant to graduation.

Tuition refund policy

  • Money applied to tuition and fees from the admission deposit is not refundable.
  • Withdrawal prior to the end of the tenth class day: 75%
  • Prior to the end of the twenty-fifth class day: 25%
  • After the end of the twenty-fifth class day: None

Financial assistance

A limited number of fellowships and assistantships may be available on a competitive basis. Information concerning stipends and allowances may be obtained from the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Office. Information regarding applications for loans may be obtained from the Office of Student Aid, Baylor College of Dentistry (see contact information found below).

Grading system



Number Range

Grade Points
A 93-100 4.0

















69 & below



Academic Progress Policies

No student has a constitutional right to attend Baylor College of Dentistry irrespective of academic performance. Failure to achieve and maintain a prescribed scholastic requirement is a justifiable cause for dismissal (see the Baylor College of Dentistry Academic and Disciplinary Due Process for Advanced Education Students).

The academic review procedure at Baylor College of Dentistry involves faculty evaluation of both cognitive and non-cognitive performance in specific courses and assignment of grades. Non-cognitive performance includes, but is not limited to, technical and interpersonal skills, attitudes, and professional character. To appeal a course grade, a student may present in writing to the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies a request for review of a final course grade if a conference with the faculty and the chair of the course department does not resolve the question. The Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies will consider the appeal and may refer it to the Graduate Education Council.

M.S. and Ph.D. students are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) or greater. For Ph.D. students, individual grades of C or C+, while not of themselves sufficient cause for dismissal as long as the cumulative grade point is 3.0 or better, are not acceptable for application toward the 96 required credit hours. If any student receives a C in a graduate course, the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Committee may require the student to retake the course to achieve a grade of B or better. For all students, failure to maintain a grade point of 3.0 or better or receipt of a final grade of D, F, or WF in any course is sufficient cause for dismissal.  The grade of I (Incomplete) may be given only when the completed portion of work in the course is of passing quality. Students may not register in a course in which they have a grade of I other than Research for the Master's Thesis (5V98), Thesis (5V99), or Special Problems (5V41-44). Students who receive one or more incomplete grades during a semester may have their schedule for the following semester reduced by the number of hours of "I" received.

Any students who fail to maintain a B average with all grades in the range of C to A during any semester of their graduate program will be placed on academic probation for the next twelve (12) semester hours of course work or until all course work is completed, whichever occurs first. During the probationary period, students must restore the cumulative grade point average to 3.0 (B).

Electronic Submission of Theses and Dissertations

Masters candidates are required to submit a thesis and Doctoral candidates will submit a dissertation to fulfill graduation requirements. Electronic submission of the final copy of the thesis or dissertation is mandatory; paper submission is not an option.  Students should check with the thesis/dissertation coordinator in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies (Room 483) for all pertinent guidelines and deadlines.   The following website provides information for preparing the electronic submission file:


Contact Information

Questions about the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences:

Ms. Nancy Anthony
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Baylor College of Dentistry
Texas A&M Health Science Center
3302 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX 75246
Phone: 214-828-8260;  Fax:  214-874-4538
E-mail inquiries:
    Ms. Nancy Anthony, Program Coordinator: nanthony@bcd.tamhsc.edu

    Dr. Kathy Svoboda, Program Director: ksvoboda@bcd.tamhsc.edu

Application submission:
Office of the Registrar and Graduate Admissions
Baylor College of Dentistry
Texas A&M Health Science Center
3302 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX  75246
Phone: 214-828-8233; Fax:  214-874-4567

Financial aid information:
Ms. Liz Lester
Office of Student Financial Aid
Baylor College of Dentistry
Texas A&M Health Science Center
3302 Gaston Avenue,
Dallas, TX 75246
Phone: 214-828-8236; Fax:  214-828-4565