DMD Admissions Procedures

Admission to the dental program is based primarily on academic ability and personal qualities as evidenced by pre-dental scholastic records, aptitude tests, individual interviews, group interviews, in addition to a global assessment of the application and applicant’s fit to the program. Fulfillment of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. The number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available positions. Unfortunately, not every qualified applicant will be offered admission.

Early submission of applications and supporting documents is strongly encouraged. The application deadline is strictly enforced.

Indigenous Applicants

The Faculty of Dentistry encourages applications from qualified indigenous applicants.

If applicable, proof of Indigenous status must be uploaded through AADSAS or the UBC FOD online application (i.e. Indigenous status card or certificate).

International Applicants

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 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 such as TOEFL or IELTS, and receive the minimum scores as outlined in the admissions requirements on the Faculty of Dentistry website.

When applicable, 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. Please see UBC Students’ Financial Resources for more information.

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

Pre-Dental Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the DMD program, applicants must:

  1. Complete 90 credits (UBC transferrable courses) and a minimum of three academic years (full time student) at a recognized faculty at The University of British Columbia, or its equivalent, by August 31 of the year the candidate submits the application.
  2. Complete the required (prerequisite) courses by August 31 of the year the candidate submits the application. Applicants must have completed courses as listed in the combinations outlined only. Minimum grade requirement for a prerequisite course is the equivalent to a UBC C-. Courses must have a letter or percentage grade, Pass/Fail grades will not be accepted.
  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). 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. 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. Submit a personal statement detailing why you wish to pursue a career as a dentist.
  5. Submit two letters of reference. A referee may be academic or professional. For example: one letter could come from a science professor in an upper level science course (300/3000 level or higher). The second letter could come from a healthcare professional who knows the candidate on a professional basis (non-relative, no family-friend). The Dentistry Online Application does not accept e-mail addresses from free e-mail accounts (e.g. gmail, yahoo, hotmail). Letters of reference received from non-institutional or free email addresses will not be accepted. Letters of reference must be sent directly from source with an institutional e-mail address. If your referee does not have an institutional e-mail address, they must submit their letter of reference directly in a sealed and endorsed official letter-headed envelope. The letter must have an official letterhead, be signed, and be dated no longer than 12 months prior to the application deadline. When applicable, send all letters to our mailing address below. *AADSAS does accept any email address*
  6. Write the DAT exam. Canadian and American DAT scores from no later than a July 1st writing in the year of your application 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 four years prior to the DAT deadline. Applicants must declare all DAT exam writings within the valid time period on their application. In addition, applicants are required to send our office official DAT results for all DAT exam writings within the valid time period. If you are planning to write the DAT exam before the DAT deadline date of July 1st and have not yet received scores, please ensure that you declare the writing date(s). For applicants who have written the DAT exam more than once, we will use the best overall test score in our calculations (the Manual Dexterity component of the CDA DAT and the Quantitative Reasoning component of the ADA DAT are not required). Please see the CDA and ADA websites for updates.
  7. 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.

Dental shadowing is not required, however, it is highly recommended to have at least 30 hours of dental shadowing experience at the time of application.

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Starting in May 2020, conditional offers will not be offered, and therefore all academic requirements to the DMD program must be completed by August 31 of the year of application, and no exceptions will be considered.
Applicants are encouraged to regularly check the website for updates on admission criteria.

Proof of Canadian Residency (if applicable)

If applicable, proof of Canadian residency must be uploaded through the AADSAS or UBC FOD 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.

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B.C. Residency Requirements (if applicable)

If applicable, proof of BC residency must be uploaded through AADSAS or UBC FOD online application in the form of a copy of one of the following:

A BC resident is defined as a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant who:

  1. Has attended a university in BC within the last five (5) years for at least two (2) years (Supporting Documents: university/post-secondary school transcripts);
  2. Has attended secondary school (grades 8 to 12 inclusive) in British Columbia (Supporting Documents: grades 8-12 school transcripts);
  3. Attended school in BC for a minimum of three (3) years and had a permanent home in BC (Supporting Documents: 3 years of school transcripts and any of the following: tax assessments, utility bills under applicants name, pay stubs, rental agreement under applicant’s name, mortgage documents under applicants name);
  4. Has lived continuously in BC for twenty-four (24) full months immediately prior to the application deadline (Supporting Documents: tax assessments, utility bills under applicants name, school transcripts, pay stubs, rental agreement under applicant’s name, mortgage documents under applicants name);
  5. Was born in BC (Supporting Document: birth certificate); and attended a minimum of five (5) years of school in BC (Supporting Documents: school transcripts). The applicant must have resided in BC for at least one continuous year in the last ten (10) (Supporting Documents: tax assessments, utility bills under applicants name, pay stubs, rental agreement under applicant’s name, mortgage documents under applicants name) unless the applicant has been living and working overseas on a work visa (Supporting Document: photocopy of work visa), or with the Armed Forces, having been a resident in BC prior to entering the Armed Forces;
  6. Has attended residential secondary school (grades 8 to 12 inclusive) in BC, even if permanent home is in another province (Supporting Documents: residential school transcripts);
  7. Has been a resident in BC for five (5) years at any time for any reason and has resided in BC continuously for at least one year in the last ten (10) (Supporting Documents: tax assessments, utility bills under applicants name, pay stubs, rental agreement under applicant’s name, mortgage documents under applicants name);
  8. Is a resident under the same terms from the Yukon, Nunavut or Northwest Territories.

An applicant is not considered a BC resident if he/she:

  1. Is over 19 years of age, has never lived in BC, but parents have moved to BC; OR
  2. Has moved to BC, attended less than four (4) years of secondary school, and then moved to complete a degree or work outside the province.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted through ADEA AADSAS Online Application (recommended*) or directly through the UBC Faculty of Dentistry Online Application

Only apply through one of the above application methods.

*The FOD Office of Admissions prefers to receive applications through the ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADEA AADSAS®). AADSAS application requires a single submission of transcripts, test scores, letters of reference, personal statement, and more details, regardless of the number of schools an applicant is applying for. AADSAS offers timely and easy communication between the institution and the candidate. If applying to more than one dental school, it is less expensive to use the AADSAS application. Applicants applying to ADEA AADSAS-participating Canadian dental schools will receive a 25% discount on each Canadian dental school application to account for the exchange rate difference. Applicants will first pay the full fee amount in US dollars to submit the application. The 25% discount will be processed separately.

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 deadline. Note that we are not responsible for documents addressed to other locations than this mailing address:

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

When applicable*, documents in a sealed envelope addressed to Dentistry DMD Admissions, can be left with the receptionist at the Nobel Biocare Oral Health Centre at 2151 Wesbrook Mall. Please include your full name and application ID number (for AADSAS applicants) or Web ID (for direct FoD applicants) on all documents sent by mail or email. *Due to COVID-19 regulations, we are unable to accept in-person visits at the Faculty of Dentistry. Thank you for understanding.

Additional considerations for direct applicants:

Official Transcripts – Applicants using the direct UBC application portal must request official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions where they have studied. Applicants who have submitted original transcripts through AADSAS do not have to resend the transcripts to our admissions office. 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 application deadline. We also accept electronic transcripts sent directly to from the issuing institution using an institutional email address. Direct 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 when applying through UBC Faculty of Dentistry online application. However, if applying through the ADEA AADSAS online application, all transcripts including UBC must be submitted.

International Transcripts – Applicants submitting international transcripts not through AADSAS 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 Canada and USA, 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 if you are using high school transcripts to prove B.C. residency.

International Baccalaureate (IB)/Advanced Placement (AP)/A-Level Applicants who are using IB/AP/A-Level credits towards the required 90 credits, or to fulfill prerequisites, must send official IB/AP/A-Level transcripts in sealed envelopes from source (The International Baccalaureate or The College Board), unless IB/AP/A-Level transfer credits and grades are included on your official university transcript. 

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Short-listed applicants will be invited to the DMD Admissions Interview on the basis of their application, including cognitive and global parameters. A $150.00 fee applies to candidates who will be invited for interview. Applicants not invited to 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 invited to attend the interview will be considered for admission based on a comprehensive assessment of their application and performance at the interview.

The interview process consists of two main components:

Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)

Small Group Interview (SGI)

Members of the Interview Teams are comprised of general practitioners and faculty members. The interviewers are unaware of the contents of an applicant’s file or their level of academic performance.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying restrictions, the DMD interviews will take place virtually (online). Detailed interview information will be provided to successful candidates who will receive an invitation to interview via email. Please note the following dates of interviews, by invitation only:

MMI Candidate Orientation Friday, September 24, 2-4pm Friday, November 19, 2-4pm
MMI Interviews Saturday, September 25, 2021 Saturday, November 20, 2021
SGI Candidate Orientation Friday, October 1, 2-3pm Friday, November 26, 2-3pm
SGI Interviews Saturday, October 2, 2021 Saturday, November 27, 2021


All applicants are encouraged to plan ahead to be available for interviews on these dates. Invitations will be sent 1-5 days before the interview.

ADEA AADSAS Interview Do’s and Don’ts

Virtual Interviews: AAMC Tips for Applicants

AAMC Virtual interviews Preparation Tips PPT

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DMD Class Selection

Complete applications submitted prior to August 31 of the year of application may be considered for interviews early in the fall. All interviews will take place prior to January. Admissions offers will be sent on or after December 1 of the year the candidate submits the application. Applicants must participate in the interview process in its entirety to be considered for admission into the DMD class. Accepted students will have four weeks (Dec-May) or two weeks (May-Aug) from the date of their letter of acceptance in which to pay a non-refundable deposit to reserve a seat in the DMD class. The non-refundable deposit will represent approximately 20% of the first academic year’s total fees.

Approximately 90% of available domestic seats will be offered to BC applicants.

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