Ph. D. On Campus

Dental Surgery

The University of Iowa

36 months
35148 USD/year
36829 USD/year
13393 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) is a professional degree awarded by the College of Dentistry from The University of Iowa.


The Doctor of Dental Surgery at The University of Iowa requires a minimum of three years of preprofessional study and four years of study in the College of Dentistry. Students are required to maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.00 to earn the degree. 

Career Advancement

  • The Doctor of Dental Surgery program prepares students to practice general dentistry.

Programme Structure

  • Coursework during the first and second years in the College of Dentistry integrates the biomedical sciences with preclinical and clinical disciplines. 
  • The biomedical sciences include gross anatomy, biochemistry, general histology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, and physiology. 
  • Students also study topics specific to dentistry, such as principles of occlusion, anesthesia and pain control, operative dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics, cariology, and preventive dentistry. 
  • During the latter part of the first year, students are introduced to their first clinical patient treatment situation.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Apply Online: To begin the general graduate application process, set up an account with an existing email address and password
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • An application for graduate funding
  • A master’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, or the foreign equivalent as determined by the Office of Admissions
  • English Proficiency Requirements: International applicants whose first language is not English must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for admission to the university

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35148 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35148 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    36829 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 36829 USD per year during 36 months.
  • In-State

    13393 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13393 USD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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