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DDS - Doctor of Dental Surgery Program

Program Description
Admission Requirements
Course Listings
Costs & Fees
Contact Inquiries


The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry offers a four-year program leading to the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree.  The curriculum is continually evolving and provides graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to enter general practice, pursue specialty training or embark on academic careers.  

Our pre-clinical Simulation Clinic provides students with the opportunity to learn and practice techniques and procedures in an environment that closely simulates clinical practice.

The final two years of the program are clinically intensive, providing students with a broad-clinical experience emphasizing a comprehensive, patient-centered approach to oral health care. 

Enrolment is limited and admission to the Doctor of Dental Surgery Program is competitive. 

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Please see our Admissions page for the link to application which is now available for the 2014-15 application cycle. The application deadline is December 1 each year, for entry the following September.

The following is a summary of the requirements.  For full details on the Requirements and the application process please see DDS Admissions.

  •  Students must be in the final year of, or have successfully completed, an undergraduate degree program leading to a four-year undergraduate degree at a recognized university as of the application deadline in order to be considered for entry into the dental program .  A minimum average of 80 per cent or higher in each of two individual academic years on record as of the application deadline is considered competitive.
  • Prerequisite course requirements for all applicants include approved equivalents in Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Human/Mammalian Physiology.
  • Summer courses may be taken for prerequisites; however the marks obtained will not be included in academic average.
  • Repeat years (an academic year with course content similar to an academic year previously completed) may be used in the selection process, using averaged grades for the similar years.
  • Special years (an academic year that has no program requirements - usually taken after a degree has been conferred) may be used in the selection process.
  • Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) score
  • Interview

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Applicants
Special consideration will be given to applicants who indicate on their application that they are from Indigenous Community.  One position is set aside each year for competitive applicants with proven indigenous status or ancestral Indigenous origin.

International Students
A limited number of positions are available for international students who maintain their international status at graduation. There are additional requirements including proof of English Language Proficiency.

Dental Clinician Scientist Program
Students applying to an advanced degree program in a dentistry-related field may concurrently apply for a deferred admission to the DDS program through the Dental Clinician Scientist track.

Transfer Students
In some years there may be opportunities for students to transfer into Year 2. Applications are accepted from students currently enrolled at an approved dental school.  Application deadline for transfer students is July 1 of each year

Application Deadline & Process
Applications for first-year entry are due December 1 of each year. 

A non-refundable processing fee of $250 applies.

All applicants must:

  • Submit a completed on-line application form (only accessible from the admissions page in early October).
  • Submit all post-secondary transcripts by the application deadline.
  • Arrange for the DAT official scores to be sent to Schulich Dentistry directly.
  • Arrange for any required documents (e.g. transcripts not available electronically, TOEFL, etc.) to be sent to Schulich Dentistry. (Please see Admissions Contacts information below) *

Applicant Ranking:
Applicants are ranked on a compiled score representing 60% academics, 15% DAT and 25% interview.  Applicants who have completed a Graduate Degree are given bonus points.


Tuition & Other Fees
Fees are payable in full or by the installment plan.  Tuition Fees cover; instruction, library facilities, examinations, diploma, use of laboratory supplies, apparatus, basic materials and articles of instruction. Compulsory Kit Fees include; required itemized equipment, clothing and manuals which become the property of the student and laundry fees during enrolment. 

Click here for more info on Fees and Tuition Current and Historic Fees Schedules can be found on the Registrar's site... CLICK HERE

Budgeting Guide
It is necessary to decide how you will finance these expenses. Successfully financing your education means careful planning and close attention to budgeting. Identifying financial resources, estimating costs and developing strategies to meet these costs should be a part of your plan to attend Dental School. The budget figures below are based on the average expenses for a dental student and are formulated individually according to year of program. These budgets are designed to stimulate thoughts about your needs and to offer some suggestions as to what your budget might look like. 

What Will it Cost? (based on 2012-2013 Dentistry Student Fees)

National Applicants -
See Expenses  chart [.pdf version]  

International Applicants -
See Expenses chart  [.pdf version]



For more information:
Dentistry Admissions Coordinator
SchulichSchoolof Medicine & Dentistry
The University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario N6A 5C1
Phone:  519-661-3744
Fax:      519-850-2958

* Registered applicants should send all academic records to:
The University Of Western Ontario
Professional Admissions – DENTISTRY
Western Student Services Building, Room 3152
London, ON N6A 3K7
ATTENTION –Kyoungsoo Hwang

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