Frequently Asked Questions

The following are Frequently Asked Questions about the Doctor of Dental Medicine Program. If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact the DMD Admissions office.


Q. How can I get an application for admission?
A. Applications are available exclusively online. You can access our online application via the “Apply Online” link from the DMD Admissions Procedures pages, or by visiting

Q. Can I send my credentials (i.e. transcripts, and test scores) ahead of my application?
A. Please send documents after the application cycle has opened.

Q. Are you on rolling admissions?
A. No.

Q. When are offers of admission made?
A. All offers are usually extended in March.

Q. How many applications does the Faculty receive each year?
A. We receive approximately 400-450 applications each year.

Q. How many students are accepted each year?
A. This number varies from year to year, depending on availability of seats.

Q. Does the Faculty accept International students?
A. Yes, the Faculty accepts applications from non-Canadian Citizens, non-Landed Immigrants and non-Permanent Residents of Canada to the DMD dental program.

Q. Is the Canadian Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) required?
A. Yes.

Q. Do you accept the U.S. DAT?
A. Yes.

Q. For how long is the DAT score valid?
A. The DAT score is valid for 5 years.

Q. If I write the DAT more than once, which results are used?
A. Only DAT scores declared on the on-line application will be considered.The best overall test results are used, as long as the tests were taken within the last five years. However, we will not take individual scores from different tests to create the best score in each category.

Q. What components of the DAT does the Admissions Committee consider?
A. The Admissions Committee considers the Academic Average and the Perceptual Aptitude Test components of the DAT.

Q. Can I send updates on transcripts after my application has been completed?
A. Only the information submitted by the application deadline is used to select students for interviews and acceptance. If you are offered a conditional acceptance regarding final grades, you must send us your final transcripts by mid June.

Q. Which program of study should I enroll in to prepare for dental school?
A. There is no preferred program of study as preparation for dental school. You should choose a program that will help you achieve an alternate career choice, should you be unsuccessful in pursuing admission into dental school.

Q. When am I eligible to apply to the Faculty of Dentistry?
A. Applicants who have successfully completed a minimum of 90 UBC credits or the equivalent of three years of full-time courses in any degree program at a recognized university and who have completed the required prerequisite courses are eligible to apply. Applicants who will complete these requirements by April of the academic year in which they apply are also eligible to apply, but if accepted they will receive an offer of admission that is conditional upon completion of the required courses.

Q. Are people with previous dental degrees eligible to apply to the UBC DMD program?
A. Yes

Q. Is there any special consideration given to applicants with graduate degrees?
A. No.

Q. Is it possible to transfer into the UBC dental program?
A. The Faculty does not consider advanced standing applicants from other dental schools.

Q. Do you require a minimum academic standing to apply?
A. Yes. The minimum academic standing required is 70% or 2.8/4.33 (SFU) or 4.5/9 (UVic). Due to the large number of applicants, the competitive average is often much higher than 70%. See our Entrance Statistics for details.  Minimum academic standing required for international applicants is a 3.0 GPA.

Q. Which years are used to calculate the grade point average?
A. The overall GPA is calculated on all  transferable university level courses. For students who have completed 4 or more years, we will drop your worst year as long as it consists of at least 24 credits and is not your most recent year.  PASS/FAIL and Credit/No Credit courses are not included in calculating the GPA.

Q. I have IB/AP credits, how are these handled?
A. The minimum grade required for IB credit in Biology or Chemistry is 6. The minimum required for AP credit in Biology and Chemistry is 4. If you have a grade of 5 in IB or 4 in AP in English, you meet the English requirement. If you received lower scores than those listed and received credit at another university, you cannot assume you will receive credit at UBC. Applicants must declare any IB/AP courses used to meet prerequisite courses and submit the transcripts as listed in the Admissions Procedures on our website.


Q. I have completed a Bachelor of Science degree but do not have the English requirement. Do I have to return to university to take English?
A. No. If you have a degree from a country where the primary language is English you may be eligible for the English Exemption Test. Please declare your intention to apply for English Exemption Test on your application.

Q. Why does UBC require Biochemistry as a prerequisite?
A. Biochemistry provides background necessary to master many of the topics covered in the initial phases of the curriculum.

Q. Is it acceptable to attend university on a part-time basis, and still be considered for admission to dentistry?
A. There should be some indication in your academic record that you are able to handle a full-time course load. The Committee recommends that you complete a full course load (24-30 credits) in the first 4 years of university.

Q. My school uses a very tough marking scheme. Will I get credit for the difficulty of the program?
A. No. For the purposes of assessing eligibility and selection for interview we do not attempt to adjust the GPA for degree of difficulty of the program.

Q. How will my graduate degree be used in the GPA calculation?
A. The results of your graduate program will be included in the overall average. ALL postsecondary education is considered.

Q. If I have a bad year, will it be used in the GPA calculation?
A. We look at all post-secondary education. The worst year is only dropped if the applicant has:

  1. completed four or more years at time of applying, and
  2. the drop year must have 24 or more credits and is not the most recent year.

Q. What criteria is used to select successful candidates?
A. Overall academic record, DAT results, interview results, and PBL assessment.

Q. What qualifies an applicant for an interview?
A. Provided the applicant meets all the minimum requirements as stated on our website, candidates are short-listed for interview (Phase 2) based on their overall academic record and DAT results.

Q. How many interviews may I have?
A. Unlimited.

Q. How many PBL sessions may I participate in?
A. Unlimited.

Q. Can I be invited to the Open House if I have attended two interviews and PBL sessions?
A. Yes.

Q. Is there a limit to the number of times I can apply?
A. No. You can apply as many times as you like.

Q. I am not a Canadian Citizen or a Landed Immigrant, what are my chances of admission?
A. Non-Citizens and non-Landed Immigrants/ Permanent Residents of Canada are eligible to apply to the DMD program.  The international pool is assessed separately from the domestic pool, and your success will depend on the competiveness of the international applicant pool.

Q. Do you have quotas for mature students, students with degrees, specific program, place of residence, etc?
A. No, we do not have a “special” or “mature” category. All applicants are considered equally. We offer 10% placement to out of province of applicants.

Q. What is meant by six (6) credits?
A. Generally reflects a two-term course.

Q. Which years are used for my GPA calculation?
A. ALL postsecondary education is considered in the GPA calculation.

Q. Do courses taken in Spring/Summer count towards GPA?
A. Yes.

Q. Does taking many DAT Exams or repeating courses negatively/favourably affect my application.
A. No.

Q. Does the university of my undergraduate education and/or any postgraduate education influence my application?
A. No.

Q. Where do I find information about CASPer?
A.  All CASPer enquiries should be directed to CASPer directly at  Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen on the website.