DMD Admission Procedures

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 1, 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 or directly through the UBC Faculty of Dentistry website

Only apply through one of the above application methods.

Admission to the dental program is based primarily on academic ability and personal qualities as evidenced by pre-dental scholastic records, aptitude tests, personal interviews, and Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Assessment. Fulfillment of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. The number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available positions. Not every qualified applicant will be offered admission.

The deadline for application (including supporting documents) is November 1, 2019 for admission in August 2020. Early submission of applications and supporting documents is strongly encouraged. The application deadline is strictly enforced.

Aboriginal Applicants

The Faculty of Dentistry welcomes applications from qualified Aboriginal applicants.

Aboriginal applicants may undergo a second interview using a non-structured format which will last approximately one hour and be conducted by an interview panel with Aboriginal participation. Aboriginal applicants must submit an additional essay, not to exceed 800 words, to be reviewed by the interview panel at the second interview.

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). If the applicant’s first language is not English or where their education was completed in a country where the primary official language is not English, he/she must complete an English language proficiency test such as TOEFL or IELTS, and receive the minimum scores as outlined in the admissions requirements on the Faculty of Dentistry website.

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 Courses and DMD Admission Procedures.


Pre-Dental Requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must:

  1. provide proof of residency and must be uploaded through the online application in the form of a copy of one of the following: Canadian passport, Canadian Citizenship Certificate, Canadian Permanent Resident (PR) card or Canadian birth certificate.  Preference is given to residents of British Columbia.  A maximum of 10% of out-of-province applicants will be accepted each year.
  2. Complete three academic years (90 credits) at a recognized faculty at The University of British Columbia, or its equivalent, by April 2019.
  3. Achieve a minimum overall Grade Point Average of 70% or 2.8 on a 4.0 grading scale for ALL college/university work (including failed courses). While a GPA of 70% is the minimum requirement, applicants should consult the entrance statistics to determine if their application will be competitive.  The Grade Point Average is calculated on all university-transferable course work completed since high school.  For information on transferrable courses please see the BC Transfer Guide. Courses taken in the application year are not included in the GPA calculation that is used when considering applicants for admission. The worst year will be dropped for applicants who have completed four or more years of college/university, provided it is not the most recent year.
  4. Complete the required prerequisite courses by April of the academic year in which they apply. If registered in prerequisite courses in 2019W Term 2, transcripts reflecting registration in these courses must be received in our office no later than November 1, 2019.
  5. The CASPer Test – Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics All applicants to the DMD program, at The University of British Columbia, are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility.CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere that you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer online due to being located at sites where internet is not dependable due to technical or political factors.Please go to to sign up and reserve a test using your Date of Birth and a piece of government-issued photo ID. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule. Please direct any inquiries on the test to Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the website.The CASPer test is comprised of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.  Deadline for applicants is the October 2019 test.  
  6. Write the DAT exam. Canadian and American DAT scores from no later than the November 2, 2019 Canadian DAT exam will be accepted.  Please ensure that you check the box beside University of British Columbia on your test registration form so that UBC will receive a copy of your DAT results directly. DAT results are valid for a period of 3 years (DAT scores from January 1, 2016 to November 2, 2019 inclusive, are acceptable).  For applicants who have written the DAT exam more than once, we will use the best overall test score in our calculations. To download a printable copy of the DAT brochure (in PDF format) or request a copy of the brochure from:

Dental Aptitude Test Program
Canadian Dental Association
1815 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa, Ontario   K1G 3Y6
Tel: (613) 523-1770

American Dental Association
211 Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL   60611-2678
Tel: (312) 440-2500

Only DAT scores declared will be considered. In the case of more than one DAT score declared, best score will be considered.

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How to Apply

Applications will be accepted through ADEA AADSAS or directly through the UBC Faculty of Dentistry website

Only apply through one of the above application methods.

Paper applications are not accepted. In addition to completing the online application, applicants must ensure the applicable documents are received in our office by the November 1, 2019 deadline.  Note that we are not responsible for documents addressed to other locations than the address below.

Admissions – DMD Program
Faculty of Dentistry
The University of British Columbia
2199 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z3

As the J.B. Macdonald Building is a secure building and locked at all times, documents in a sealed envelope addressed to Dentistry Admissions, can be left with the receptionist at the Nobel Biocare Oral Health Centre at 2151 Wesbrook Mall.

  1. Official Transcripts – Applicants must request official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions where they have studied. All transcripts submitted must be official and must be sent directly to our office from the institution. An official transcript is one bearing an official seal and/or signature of the issuing institution (or which has been produced on the institution’s secured paper). Photocopies and legally certified (notarized) copies are not acceptable. These transcripts must be received in our office by the November 1, 2019 deadline. In addition to this, applicants are required to upload their student transcripts to the online application.  UBC including UBC-O students applying to Dentistry are not required to submit an official UBC transcript. Applicants who are granted conditional acceptance to the DMD program are required to provide transcripts of their final grades by June 7, 2020.

    International Transcripts – Applicants submitting international transcripts must submit one set of official transcripts sent directly to our office in official sealed envelope from the institution. A translated and notarized copy in English must be included if required. Course outlines are required for the prerequisite courses. In addition to this, applicants who attended post-secondary institutions (including on exchange or study abroad) outside of North America, must have their foreign transcripts validated and assessed by either the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES), or the World Education Services (WES). These assessments must be received in official ICES or WES sealed envelopes. Applicants’ copies will not be accepted. All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by WES or ICES unless the foreign institution was attended for only one term or six or fewer credits. From ICES we require the comprehensive report and from WES we require the course by course report.

    High School Transcripts – Official high school transcripts are only required 1) if you are using AP courses to fulfill your prerequisites and/or 2) if you are using high school transcripts to prove B.C. residency.
    IB Transcripts – Applicants who are using IB credits towards the required 90 credits, or to fulfill prerequisites, must send official IB transcripts in sealed envelopes from source. This includes UBC and UBC-O applicants.
  2. DAT Scores – Applicants must request original DAT scores from the Canadian Dental Association or the American Dental Association. These must be sent directly to our office from the CDA or ADA. Only DAT scores declared on your application will be considered. In the case of more than one DAT score declared, best score will be considered.
  3. Application Fee Payment – An application fee payment of $233.25 CAD, payable to the University of British Columbia, must be submitted on or prior to the deadline. This is a non-refundable fee and does not apply to tuition. Payment must be made via the online payment system. Personal cheques or cash will not be accepted.
  4. Proof of Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residency – Proof to be uploaded through the online application in the form of a copy of one of the following: Canadian passport, Canadian Citizenship Certificate, Canadian Permanent Resident (PR) card or Canadian birth certificate.
  5. BC Residency (if applicable) – If declaring BC residency, applicants must submit documents supporting the applicable declaration as per the B.C. Residency Requirement for DMD Program document: Preference is given to residents of British Columbia.

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Interviews / Problem-Based Learning Assessment

Short-listed applicants are invited to the DMD Admissions Interview on the basis of their overall GPA, DAT and CASPer scores, as well as a global score given for non-cognitive criteria. A $199.00 Phase 2 fee applies to candidates who will be invited for interview. Applicants not invited to the interview will not be considered further. To reduce traveling expenses, out of province applicants may have their interview conducted at another dental school that participates in the revised CDA structured interview and details will be provided upon request.


Applicants shortlisted to attend Phase 2 will be considered for admission based on a comprehensive assessment of their application and performance at the interview. Members of the Interview Teams are comprised of general practitioners and faculty members. The Interview Team is unaware of the contents of an applicant’s file or his/her level of academic performance.


“Problem-based/small group learning encourages self-directed, lifelong learning through the development of in-depth critical thinking and analytical skills. Students develop an inquisitive learning style through their journeys of intellectual discovery by integrating prior knowledge with newly discovered concepts across the many disciplines. They openly discuss what they know and discover what they need to know in a fun, safe learning environment. They become empowered learners as they realize their ability to integrate and retain information. Rotating through a number of small groups exposes students to a variety of group (student/tutor) dynamics, and thereby builds strong interpersonal and professional skills. How rewarding it is to witness the growth of independent, reflective, self-motivated learners!”
— Dr. Leandra Best, Clinical Professor & Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

As part of the in-person assessment, all invited applicants must participate in a scheduled interactive PBL session. An applicant’s interview and PBL session are scheduled on the same day.

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Selection of the Class

Applicants will be notified by end of March of the results of the Committee’s deliberations. Accepted students will have two weeks from the date of their letter of acceptance in which to pay the non-refundable deposit. The non-refundable deposit will represent approximately 20% of the first academic year’s total fees.

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Application to Advanced Standing

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

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