How to Apply

2021/2022 application to the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Program will open mid-September 2021, and the deadline to apply will be 11:59PM ET on December 1, 2021.

Documentation and Fees

Due December 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET

  1. Online Application through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC)
    Click here to link to the online application.

  2. Autobiographical Sketch & Personal Statement
    Click here to access the online form.

  3. Non-refundable processing fee of $275 Canadian funds

  4. Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) Scores
    Click here for information about DAT score requirements.


Due December 7, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. ET

  1. Official transcripts from EACH university, college or other post-secondary institution that the applicant is currently enrolled in, or has previously attended. This includes transcripts for all Letter of Permission and exchange courses, as well as study abroad programs.

    1. Ontario university transcripts must be requested through the OUAC Transcript Request section in the online application. Western University transcripts do not need to be requested through OUAC.

    2. Ontario transcripts that cannot be requested through the OUAC application and/or transcripts from a post-secondary institution outside of Ontario but within North America, including Letter of Permission and exchange courses: official transcripts must be sent directly from the institution(s) to you. Once Western has received your application from the OUAC, you will be prompted to activate your Western Student Center, where you will be required to scan and upload these transcripts.

    3. International education, including Letter of Permission, exchange courses or prerequisite courses: coursework must be assessed through World Education Services (WES). WES evaluations can take several weeks to process so we strongly recommended you request a WES evaluation several weeks in advance of the deadline. Translation is required for prerequisite course synopses, if not originally in English. You must select: 
           Western University – Undergraduate Admissions as the recipient, and
           WES - Course-by-Course evaluation to be sent by electronic delivery.

  2. Proof of Permanent Resident status in the form of a photocopy of both the front and back of a Permanent Resident card is required. Canadian citizens do not need to submit proof of citizenship.

  3. Proof of English proficiency for applicants whose first language is not English, or who have not completed any postsecondary education in English.

All documents must be uploaded to your Western Student Center. Hard copy documents will not be accepted by Western University or the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Admissions Office.

Dental Aptitude Test (DAT)

Due December 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET

  • Eligible tests must be written within the two years prior to the application deadline:
    • between December 1, 2019 and November 30, 2021
  • Applicants who write the DAT in November 2021 must instruct the CDA/ADA to release their DAT scores to Western University at the time of registration to ensure the scores are received in time to be assessed with the application
  • When you register for the DAT, check the appropriate box to release your results to Western:
    • CDA DAT - select "Western University"
    • ADA DAT - select "Schulich School of Dentistry of Western University"
  • Official DAT results must be sent by the Canadian/American Dental Association (CDA/ADA) directly to Western University.

Important Notes

  • Early submission of applications and supporting documents is strongly encouraged. The application deadline is strictly enforced.
  • Application documents are NOT retained from year to year. Previous applicants must resubmit all documentation. The only exception is DAT scores which are kept on file for the duration of their 2-year eligibility.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree must be in the final year of their program to be eligible for consideration into the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Program.
  • Internationally trained dentists are NOT eligible to apply to the DDS Program, but may be eligible to apply to the Internationally Trained Dentists (ITD) Program. Please visit the ITD Program webpage for admission information.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure all documentation is submitted to the appropriate office by deadlines indicated. 

Falsification or misrepresentation of information from any portion of the application process, including interviews, will result in removal of the application from consideration and may be considered in any future applications to the University.