Information for Future Students
GRADUATE STUDIES PROGRAMS
Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry offers advanced education in certificate programs in eight major dental specialty areas and two graduate programs that lead to a Masters or Ph.D. degree related to the dental profession.
- General Information and Graduate Studies Information
- TAMBCD Graduate Programs Brochure
- TAMBCD Programs Catalog
- Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences
The DENTPIN (DENTal Ppersonal Iidentifier Number) is a unique personal identifier for applicants and students involved with the U.S. dental education system and standardized testing programs. You must register or retrieve a DENTPIN from the American Dental Association site and use it to proceed with your application to a dental education program or application service, your application to test, or your score report request.
Various entities, such as the ADA and National Board Examination, use the DENTPIN to identify students and test-takers and for the confidential, secure reporting, transmission and tracking of test scores and academic data.
The M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Biomedical Sciences accept applications via Apply Texas.
The following specialty certificate programs accept applications through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS):
Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD)
Dental Public Health
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
The following specialty certificate programs and degree programs require the TAMBCD paper application to be submitted:
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (certificate/ M.S. or Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences)
Periodontics (certificate/optional M.S. in Oral Biology)
Applications not submitted through online services are to be completed and returned to the
Office of the Registrar
Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry
3302 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75246.
An application processing fee of $35 is non-refundable and must be included with your application. The application renewal fee is $25. International applicants must submit a money order drawn on an U.S. bank. Applications are valid for one year only and a re-application fee must accompany subsequent applications.
Individuals requesting a combined clinical specialty/M.S. or Ph.D. program may do so using a single application form. If applying through PASS or Match programs, please contact PASS (202-332-8795) or Match (416-977-3431) directly for applications. If applying through the PASS Program, it is not necessary to send another application or an application fee to Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry.
To check the status of an application, contact the Office of the Registrar at 214-828-8345, or email email@example.com.
Distribute the reference forms to each person writing a recommendation, along with a stamped, addressed envelope. (Note that these go directly from the recommending person to the Director of Admissions.) As you probably know, it is considered discourteous to give a person's name as a reference unless you have first received permission to do so. A brief visit or telephone call will both obtain their permission and show your appreciation for the effort.
Request official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended be sent to the Director of Admissions. As indicated on side two of the application, these should be sent directly from the college or university to TAMBCD, and not included with this application. International applicants must have transcripts evaluated by Educational Credentials Evaluators. They can be reached at PO Box 514070, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203-3470, by telephone at (414) 289-3400, or by fax at (414) 289-3411. You should request the "course-by-course" report.
If you have a dental degree, or expect to receive one, request that a letter from the Dean of the dental school, certifying your grade point average and class standing, be sent to the Director of Admissions.
Applications to M.S. or Ph.D. Programs
Clinical programs that also require or offer the option of an MS or PhD degree require applicants to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test. (U.S. applicants for Prosthodontics and Endodontics may substitute National Board Dental Exam scores). GRE scores made more than five calendar years prior to application for admission may not normally be used, except when the applicant has been involved in graduate or professional academic programs for the majority of the time since the testing date. GRE scores made more than ten calendar years prior to application for admission to graduate studies may not be used.
National Board Scores
Except for international applicants, National Board scores for all clinical programs must be furnished.
International students from non-English-speaking countries must present an acceptable TOEFL score of 79-80 on the Internet-based test, 550 minimum paper based; 213 computer based and be fluent in both written and spoken English.
Curriculum Vitae or Resume
Include with your application a copy of your Curriculum Vitae, or resume and a narrative on your goals and objectives.
Personal interviews may be required at the discretion of the Department.
Applications should be submitted the year prior to the anticipated date of enrollment, by the following deadlines:
|Advanced Education in General Dentistry||September 15♦|
|Biomedical Sciences||December 15¤|
|Dental Public Health||February 28|
|Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology||October 1|
|Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery||October 1♦‡|
|Pediatric Dentistry||November 1♦‡|
♦Program participates in PASS (Postdoctoral Application Support Service). Contact PASS directly for an application.
‡Program participates in Match. Contact Match directly.
¤Program accepts applications via Apply Texas.
Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine
The Texas Legislature requires all new students under the age of 30 to submit evidence of immunization against bacterial meningitis. The bacterial meningitis vaccination requirements applies to all:
- First-time students of the Health Science Center, and
- Returning students who have not attended the Health Science Center for one fall or spring semester.
Proof that immunization against bacterial meningitis was administered within the five-year period immediately preceding - and at least 10 days prior to - the first semester enrolled or re-enrolled at the TAMHSC must be submitted to the college upon admission.
At least one of the following forms of documentation (that includes the month, day and year the vaccination was administered) must be faxed, mailed or submitted in person to the college:
- Certified from a U.S.-licensed physician or clinic that the student has been vaccinated during the five-year period immediately preceding - and at least 10 day prior to - the first day of class;
- An official immunization record generated by a state or local health authority; or
- An official record from another school official (must be within five years).
Students who fail to submit the required documents will not be allowed to register for classes.
The following students are not required to submit verification of an immunization:
- Students who are 30 years old or older;
- Students with a signed affidavit or certificate from a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States, that states the vaccination would be injurious to the health of the student;
- Students who sign an affidavit stating that the student declines the vaccination for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. A conscientious exemption form from the Texas Department of State and Health Services must be used;
- Students taking only distance learning courses where attendance on any HSC campus is not a requirement.
Individuals accepted into programs of TAMBCD must submit to and satisfactorily complete a drug screening as a condition of admission. This screen must be completed and satisfactory results received by TAMBCD within 30 days after matriculation or before participation in a rotation or patient treatment that requires such a screening, whichever comes first. This policy also applies to those students or program participants entering or continuing in programs that do not involve the review of the Admissions Committee or a Program Director. Students who refuse to submit to or do not pass the drug screening review may be dismissed from the program.
Drug screening results will be honored by TAMBCD and all of its affiliates for the duration of the student's enrollment in the program if the participating student has not had a break in enrollment at TAMBCD. A break in enrollment is defined as nonattendance of one full semester (fall or spring) or more. The above information must be verifiable through TAMBCD.
The drug screening test will be performed by the Concentra Health Services Laboratory here at TAMBCD on the first day of your scheduled orientation. This is an unobserved urine screen generally acceptable for prescreening of employees and students in educational rotations where they have access to vulnerable populations. A report of the results of this test will be provided to the TAMBCD Student Health Clinic Nurse, and students cannot attend rotations at the facilities that require a screen until she receives an acceptable result from the laboratory.
Students are responsible for the cost of the screening. Fees for the test, approximately $45, will be charged to the student's school account. Students will be instructed when to report to the TAMBCD Student Health Clinic on the first day of orientation.
The complete Drug Screening Policy is available online. The pertinent rule is 11.04.99.Z1.02
Criminal Background Checks
Individuals accepted into programs at TAMBCD must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check (CBC) review as a condition of matriculation. These CBCs disclose all actions including convictions, arrests, charges, grand jury indictments and deferred adjudications. Enrollment will not be final until the completion of the CBC with results deemed favorable. Admission may be rescinded based on a review of the CBC. This policy also applies to those students or program participants entering or continuing in programs that do not involve the review of the Admissions Committee or a Program Director. Some international students with no experience in employment or education in the USA and a first time entry into the LStates may be exempt from this requirement due to Homeland Security background screening.
Students who refuse to submit to or do not pass the LCBC review may be refused admission or dismissed from the program.
The CBC will be done by CertifiedBackgroundcom. This is an online process that allows the applicant to see the results of the CBC and to release a report to the TAMBCD security office. The Security staff will access the report online and relay any remarkable findings to the administrative committee responsible for review of any adverse results. Students have the right to challenge the results of the agency providing the information and should contact CertifiedBackground.com if they feel there are errors in the report to be sent to TAMBCD.
The applicant is responsible for the cost of the CBC and may pay with credit card or money order. The company will quote the package fee of $40 but individuals with multiple names or residents of counties outside the State of Texas will incur additional fees.
The complete CBC Policy is available online. The pertinent rule is 11.04.99.Z2.01
Mandatory Health Insurance
Experiences of our students reinforce the wisdom of maintaining health insurance. With this in mind TAMBCD has a mandatory requirement for this coverage. The Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) does offer a policy but the student may fulfill this obligation in any way he or she chooses. The information and enrollment forms for the policy offered to students may be found through Associated Insurance Plans International. Choose "Baylor College of Dentistry (TAMU) campus".
Proof of insurance coverage must be submitted to the TAMBCD Office of Student Affairs by July 1 of each year.
Questions or concerns may be directed to Ms. Moira Allen, TAMBCD Director of Student Affairs at 214-828-8210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health Insurance Provisions Related to International Students
Because health care in the USA is expensive, it is TAMHSC policy that all students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States are required to be covered under the Student Health Insurance Plan or have equivalent insurance coverage. "Equivalent coverage" means that an alternate policy must meet or exceed each of the following:
- Repatriation of remains in the amount of $7,500 and
- Medical evacuation to one's home country of at least $10,000 and
- Medical benefits of at least $50,000 per accident or illness and
- A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness.
If you will be eligible to receive College health insurance coverage through employment as a budgeted graduate assistant (research or teaching) working a minimum of 20 hours a week, you will have opportunity to sign up during new employee enrollment for the "Optional Accidental Death and Dismemberment" policy. This portion of the employee policy will cover the "medical evacuation and repatriation" requirements. You may also purchase "medical evacuation and repatriation" coverage under a separate policy at an approximate rate of $25 per year.
Health insurance brochures are available in the Student Services Office, Room 525.
It is important that international applicants be aware of the following information regarding health care in the United States.
- Social Security is a mandatory retirement system in the USA and does not pay health care costs.
- No medical costs in the USA are subsidized by the government for international people who are non-residents. The USA does not have socialized medicine. All costs of health care are paid by the patient.
- All insurance policies are different in their coverage, costs, and the percentage of medical costs that will be reimbursed. Compare policies before purchasing.
- It is likely that the insurance provider will require the patient to pay in full all medical bills and then submit a claim form for reimbursement of covered expenses. Reimbursements can take several months. Copies of all medical bills and related documents should be kept for a least one year.
- Payment of bills and/or submitting insurance claim forms for reimbursement is the responsibility of each individual who receives medical treatment.
The following are terms that insurance policies have in common and that international applicants should understand before purchasing a policy. Questions about any aspect of a policy should be directed to the insurance company before purchasing.
- Dependent coverage means insurance for spouse and children. It is available in most policies at additional cost.
- A premium is the amount you pay to buy the policy.
- A deductible is an amount of money that you must pay for your health care services before the insurance policy will begin to pay. It can be a specific amount or a percentage of the cost of the medical bill. The is a non-refundable cost.
Effective July 1, 2012 (subject to change)
|Graduate Tuition - Residents (fee per semester hour)||$100.00|
|Graduate Tuition - Non Residents (fee per semester hour)||$363.00|
|Designated Tuition (fee per semester hour)
(total cost based on number of hours for each degree plan,
with a maximum of 15 hours)
|Non-Resident Differential Tuition (fee per semester hour)||$50.00|
|Academic Technology Fee (fee per semester hour)||$22.50|
|Computer Use Fee (fee per semester hour)||$6.39|
|Library Fee (fee per semester hour)||$7.50|
|Foreign Application Fee (one time only)||$75.00|
|International Fee (per semester)||$103.00|
|Health Fee (per semester)||$75.00|
|Summer reduced fee||$21.00|
|Medical Liability Fee (per semester)||$60.00|
|Summer reduced fee||$30.00|
|Matriculation Fee (one time only - first semester)||$15.00|
|General Property Deposit (one time only - first semester)||$10.00|
|ID Cards (picture ID, building access, garage access)||$20.00|
|Late payment of fees after 1st week (each semester)
$10 for each additional week
|Late fee for adding courses after reporting date, if an
increase in semester hours results
Advanced Clinical Programs
- Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD)
- Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology
- Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
- Pediatric Dentistry
- Public Health
M.S. & Ph.D. Programs