Admission Requirements

Applicants to this graduate program must hold a DMD or its equivalent from a recognized university, a degree in dental hygiene, or a dental hygiene diploma from an accredited program with a baccalaureate degree or a dental hygiene degree. Both must satisfy the minimum requirements for admission by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Faculty of Dentistry. This program accepts three students of which at least one is an international student. Please note that until we receive a completed application we are not in a position to evaluate credentials.

Academic Requirements

Canadian or U.S. Credentials
Applicants with Canadian or US credentials must have a minimum average equivalent to a UBC B+ (76%) in third- and fourth-year senior level courses.

International Credentials
International applicants must have a minimum overall average equivalent to a UBC B+ (76%). Applicants should have academic backgrounds within the general requirements listed by country on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate proficiency in quantitative skills as evidenced by the Graduate Record Exam (or the GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, VCAT, PCAT and DATS) or achievement of a score of at least 76% on an undergraduate mathematics or statistics course. Alternatively, selected applicants will be required to take the stat ramp-up course that takes place usually during the last week of August, daily.

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who received their qualifying degree from a country in which English is not the primary language must present evidence of proficiency in English. One of the following tests of English proficiency is acceptable:

The minimum TOEFL score required is 580 paper-based or 93 internet-based, taken within twenty-four (24) months prior to the time of submission of the application. TOEFL score sheets must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Centre in sealed and official envelopes or submitted through the TOEFL website. The institution code for UBC is 0965 and the Faculty of Dentistry code is 38. Photocopies of test scores are not acceptable.

A minimum overall band score of 7.0 is required with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component of the academic (not general) IELTS test. IELTS score sheets must be sent directly from source in sealed and official envelopes, or you may e-mail us your “Test Report Form Number” if you have notified IELTS for UBC access. Photocopies of test score are not acceptable.

PLEASE NOTE: Given that the number of applicants exceeds the number of positions available, a record that satisfies the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Preference for admission to the program may be given to applicants who have already graduated from dental school and dental hygiene degree program and who have some clinical, research, and teaching experience. Short-listed applicants will be called for an interview.