Applying to the DMD Program

UBC DMD Students

UBC DMD Information Session

The annual information session will take place on Friday, May 6, 2022, 1-3 pm. Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, the event may be presented online. Please do not make any travel arrangements at this time.

Register here for the event.

Wood 3 Lecture Hall (click link for map)
P.A. Woodward Instructional Resources Centre (IRC)
2194 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 2A1

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 leader in the community.

*This website is subject to change; please check back regularly*
*Updated on: June 24, 2021*

DMD Class of 2026 Application Deadline: October 8, 2021

DAT (CDA/ADA) Writing Deadline: July 1, 2021

Domestic and International Applicants

The DMD program application for the Class of 2026 will open on May 11, 2021. 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 one week following the deadline.

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

Applications are accepted through ADEA AADSAS (preferred) or directly through the UBC Faculty of Dentistry’s online application. Only apply through one of the following application methods.

Indigenous Applicants

The Faculty of Dentistry welcomes applications from qualified Indigenous applicants.

UBC Indigenous Portal

UBC Dentistry Indigenous Students Webpage

International Applicants to the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) Program

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

English Proficiency Requirements

If an applicant’s education was completed in a country where the primary official language is not English, they 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 Dentistry is B135. 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.

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.

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


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

Applications to Advanced Standing

Admission of Students to Advanced Standing

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 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. may be required to pass special examinations set by this Faculty;
  2. may be required to repeat the year most recently completed at the former institution;
  3. must submit an application fee to cover the costs of evaluating educational documents;
  4. must submit references (forms for this purpose are included in the application materials);
  1. may be required to attend a personal interview at his or her own expense;
  2. must make application by December 1 for the following September.

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.