Applying to the DMD Program

The Doctor of Dental Medicine degree program is designed to prepare students to practice their chosen profession with appropriate competence. The program is based on sound knowledge of the related biological sciences, strong clinical skills, and an understanding of the role of the dentist as a health professional and a leader in the community.

DMD Class of 2029 Applications Open: May 14, 2024 and submissions will  open June 4, 2024.

Application Deadline: October 10, 2024

Application Documents Deadline: October 17, 2024

Applications to the DMD Class of 2029 DAT (CDA/ADA) Writing Deadline: August 31, 2024

Upcoming Events for Predental Candidates

The 2024 ADEA GoDental Virtual Fair – Date to be determined.


Fully documented applications must be received by the application deadline. AADSAS applications that are submitted by the application deadline will be reviewed once verified, no later than two weeks following the deadline.

UBC FoD will accept Canadian and American DAT scores from no later than the deadline as stated above.

Domestic applicants from the Yukon, Nunavut or Northwest Territories will be considered in-province candidates.

Applications are accepted through ADEA AADSAS. Apply through the following link.

The Faculty of Dentistry welcomes applications from qualified Indigenous applicants. Up to three seats per application cycle are reserved for eligible Indigenous candidates. The DMD Admissions Committee follows UBC's Aboriginal Admissions Policy: Indigenous applicants must meet the minimum average but may still be considered if they are below the competitive cut-off.

Indigenous Students at UBC

UBC Indigenous Portal

UBC Dentistry Indigenous Students Webpage

FOD Indigenous Admissions 

Indigenous Dental Association of Canada

As stated above, 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).

UBC International Students

International Student Study Permit

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, BC College of Oral Health Professionals
101 - 1765 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver BC, V6J 5C6

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.

Practice in US: Dental Licensure by State

Initial licensure requirements by state

The DMD Admissions Committee will consider applicants who are seeking admission to second year Dentistry and who are currently enrolled in a Canadian or USA dental program accredited by either the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) or the US Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Applicants will be considered for transfer in exceptional circumstances only and if space is available. In these cases, the student:

  1. must fulfill the UBC pre-dental admission requirements;
  2. must have successfully completed courses equivalent to those offered in this Faculty for the years below which transfer is being sought;
  1. will be required to pass special examinations set by this Faculty;
  2. must submit an application fee to cover the costs of evaluating educational documents;
  3. must submit references (forms for this purpose are included in the application materials);
  1. will be required to attend a personal interview at his or her own expense;
  2. application will not be opened unless is space is available; typically in June for entry in September of the same year;

Students who have been required to withdraw or have been dismissed from another dental school for academic or misconduct reasons are not eligible for admission.

Requests for deferrals to the DMD program are not accepted.

Under special circumstances when an offer has been accepted, admission may be deferred for one year only (to be admitted in the following academic year) at the discretion of the UBC Faculty of Dentistry Office of Admissions. The deadline to request a deferral is July 15 of the year the program commences.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to advise this office of a change in physical address, email address and contact phone number. Any paper 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.

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