Please note that the admission policy is reviewed annually and the admission requirements from previous years may not apply. The University reserves the right to review and change the admission requirements at any time, without notice.
Admission to Schulich Dentistry is based on academic ability and personal qualities, as evidenced by:
- Scholastic Records
- Dental Aptitude Test Results
- Autobiographical Sketch & Personal Statement
Because facilities for pre-clinical instruction are limited, it is necessary to restrict enrolment to applicants who are best qualified to meet the mental and physical demands of the curriculum and most likely to successfully complete the full course of study. The presentation of the minimum admission requirements will not assure guaranteed acceptance.
Internationally-trained dentists are not eligible to apply or enter into the 4-year Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Program. Please see the Internationally Trained Dentists webpage for information regarding admission into the ITD program.
- 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
- Candidates must have achieved at least 80% or higher in two undergraduate level years by the end of the academic year prior to application
Effective the 2017-18 application cycle, the two undergraduate years used for GPA consideration must have a full course load of 5.0 full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) taken between September and April, with at least 3.0 full course equivalents whose published level is at or above the year level of study.
- Prerequisite course requirements include approved equivalents in Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Human/Mammalian Physiology
Effective the 2017-18 application cycle, successful completion of prerequisite courses requires a minimum grade of B or 74.5% - see Admission Requirements for more information.
- Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) scores written within two years prior to the application deadline
- Demonstrated scholastic and non-scholastic achievements as evidenced by University transcripts and the Autobiographical Sketch & Personal Statement
- Interview by a panel of three including a dentist, senior dental student, and community member
A limited number of positions are available for international students who maintain their international status at graduation. There are additional requirements for International Applicants, including proof of English Language Proficiency. Please see the International Applicants webage
for further details.
Special consideration will be given to applicants who indicate on their application that they are from an Indigenous community. One position is set aside each year for competitive applicants with proven Indigenous status or ancestral Indigenous origin. For more information, please visit the Indigenous Applicants webpage
In some years there may be opportunities for students to transfer into Year 2 of the DDS Program (possible only if there is space, created by attrition). Applications are accepted from students currently enrolled at an approved dental school. Application deadline for transfer students is July 1 of each year. Please see the Second Year Transfer webpage
for more information on admission requirements and the application process.
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. For further information, please visit the DCS webpage