About the DMD Program

Domestic and International applications to the  DMD program Class of 2024 will be open June 1st, 2019.   The deadline for fully documented applications is November 15th, 2019.   We will accept Canadian and American DAT scores from no later than the November 2, 2019 sitting of the Canadian DAT.

Applications will be accepted through ADEA AADSAS https://www.adea.org/GoDental/ADEA_AADSAS_Application/The_application_to_dental_school__ADEA_AADSAS.aspx or directly through the UBC Faculty of Dentistry website https://secure.dentistry.ubc.ca/application/instructions.asp

Only apply through one of the above application methods.

The Faculty offers an undergraduate dental program consisting of 4 years of professional study leading to the degree of Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D).

International Applicants to the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)

The Faculty of Dentistry considers applications to the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program from individuals who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.  Applicants must fulfill the stated admission requirements for the program of study, as well as any Canadian immigration student visa requirements (note that there are special student visa requirements for international students entering a health care program, and applicants should review the Canadian Immigration website).

English Proficiency Requirements

If an applicant’s education was completed in a country where the primary official language is not English, he/she must complete an English language proficiency test and receive the minimum scores as outlined below.  One of the following tests of English proficiency is acceptable:

Tests must be written no more than 24 months prior to the application deadline date.

The minimum TOEFL score required is 580 paper-based or 93 internet-based. 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 clinical specialty programs may be given to applicants who have already graduated from dental school and have some clinical, research, and teaching experience.

All original supporting documents from previous completed education must be provided, including course descriptions, explanations of the grading systems used, and course standings should be received in official sealed source envelopes.  Where translations are required, the translated documents should be received together with the originals in the institutions’ official sealed source envelopes.

Scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial support are limited for international students.  Therefore, international students must assume responsibility for financing their education as the Ministry of Immigration requires all international student prove that they have adequate resources before being admitted to Canada.  Applicants with dual citizenship which includes Canadian, will be considered domestic candidates.

In addition to the above, applicants must meet all other admission requirements, please see DMD Required Prerequisites and DMD Admission Procedures.


The Doctor of Dental Medicine degree program is designed to prepare students to practise their chosen profession with a high degree of technical skill. The program is based on a sound knowledge of the related biological sciences, and to make them aware of the interaction of the dentist as a health professional in the community.

Professional Association

The possession of a dental degree does not automatically confer the right to practise dentistry in any province of Canada. Each province has a licencing authority which grants the licence to practise. In British Columbia, inquiries should be directed to:

Registrar, College of Dental Surgeons of BC
1765 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver BC, V6J 5C6
Tel: (604) 736-3621
Fax: (604) 734-9448

Website: http://www.cdsbc.org

or their counterparts in other provinces. Persons convicted of a criminal offence including a conviction for an offence which resulted in a conditional or absolute discharge, and who are considering a career in dentistry, should write to the Registrar of the College for clarification of their ability to obtain a licence to practise dentistry in British Columbia before beginning studies.

Applications to Advanced Standing

There are no arrangements for considering advanced standing applicants from other Canadian, U.S. and international dental schools at this time.


It is the responsibility of the applicant to advise this office of a change in address and contact phone number. All correspondence will be sent to the current mailing address until April 30 each year, and thereafter to your permanent address. If you will not be at your permanent address during the summer, please authorize someone at that address to open mail from this office.