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    Feb 29, 2024  
2018-2019 Augusta University Catalog 
2018-2019 Augusta University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Oral Biology and Maxillofacial Pathology

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About the Oral Biology and Maxillofacial Pathology Program

The Oral Biology and Maxillofacial Pathology program focuses on biological processes that contribute to normal development and disease processes of the oro-facial complex. Based in the Dental College of Georgia, this interdisciplinary program spans the spectrum of biomedical sciences specialties to include Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pharmacology and Pathology. The oral biology investigators have a wide range of research interests including oral cancer, bone metabolism, tissue regeneration, properties and biocompatibility of biomedical materials, oxidative stress and inflammation, diabetes and hypertension. For more information please visit the Biomedical Sciences PhD website at or the Oral Biology and Maxillofacial Pathology website at

Admissions Information

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information:

Graduate Research Assistantships

Students accepted into the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program are eligible to receive a Graduate Research Assistantship package, which provides a competitive annual stipend (currently set at $25,500 for the 2018/19 academic year), and a reduced tuition rate of $25 per semester. Graduate Research Assistants are also offered two health insurance plans and a portion or up to all (100%) of the single-person premium costs will be covered by Augusta University depending on the plan that is selected. Students are responsible for paying standard student fees (approximately $1,035 per semester).

Program Contact Information
Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Regina Messer

Year Two

The Doctor of Philosophy curriculum is not lock-step; students do not graduate as a class at the end of a specific semester. The average time to degree is approximately 5 years of full-time, year-round study; acceptable duration of the program is between 3 and 7 years.

The number and type of advanced (2nd year and beyond) or elective courses vary, and may include courses within the Oral Biology and Maxillofacial Pathology program as well as courses in other disciplines.

Oral Biology and Maxillofacial Pathology Required Courses

Elective Course Options (Minimum of eight credit hours)

Students may substitute courses offered in other programs as electives to fulfill the Oral Biology elective credit requirement per permission of Graduate Program Director.

Additional Requirements

In addition to specific course requirements, students must complete additional PhD degree requirements, including satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination, development and approval of a research proposal, writing and approval of the doctoral dissertation, and satisfactory performance on the Final Oral Examination (dissertation defense). See PhD Student Guide for additional requirements and details.

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