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Intake
  • Winter 1

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience
  • Program Start Date
    September
  • Campuses
    Vancouver

    Resources

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    City of Vancouver
  • Length
    4 years
  • Tuition Estimate
    (domestic students)
    $20,100 (Year One)
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $2,750 (Year One)
  • Credential Granted
    First Professional Degree
  • Learning Method Options
    Face-to-Face

Learning Method Option:

  • Face-to-Face: Program is fully delivered in class with face-to-face interaction
  • Online: Program is fully delivered online
  • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online): Program is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Off-site: All or part of program is delivered in a physical location away from regular classroom/campus

Looking for ways to fund your education? Check out UBCV's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

The Doctor of Dental Medicine program application for the (graduating) Class of 2026 will open on May 11, 2021. The deadline for fully documented applications is October 8, 2021.

Canadian and American DAT scores will be accepted no later than the July 1, 2021 sitting of the Canadian DAT.

Confirm the dates directly with Doctor of Dental Medicine program.

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.

Application Fee: $252

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic (minimum grade)

1. Completion of three academic years (90 undergraduate credits) at UBC or the equivalent

2. Completion of appropriate pre-requisite courses in the subject areas of English, Chemistry, Biology, Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry

3. ALL college/university course work, including failed courses (minimum 70% average or 2.8 GPA average)

Non-Academic
1. Personal statement detailing why you wish to pursue a career as a dentist

2. Two letters of reference (academic or professional)

3. Completion of the Canadian Dental Association Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) within the last four years (scores from no later than a July 1st writing in the year of your application)

4. Interview (for short-listed applicants)

Admission Advice

1. Applications are accepted through ADEA AADSAS Online Application OR directly through the UBC Faculty of Dentistry Online Application. If you plan to apply to more than one dental school, it will be in your benefit to apply through AADSAS.

2. If your education was completed in a country where the primary official language is not English, you must meet the English proficiency requirements through one of the acceptable English language proficiency tests.

3. 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. Not every qualified applicant will be offered admission.

4. Short-listed applicants will be invited to the Doctor of Dental Medicine (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 the interview will not be considered further.

5. Accepted students will have two weeks from the date of their letter of acceptance to pay a non-refundable tuition deposit.

6. Successful applicants must submit a health record with proof of immunizations (Tetanus/Diptheria-Toxoid, Polio, MMR, Chickenpox, Hepatitis B) and a negative TB skin test (if the test is positive a chest x-ray is required) to UBC Health Services. Immunizations are available from family doctors, local Public Health Unit and Student Health Services at UBC. Those who are carriers of one of the above conditions may restrict both their educational opportunity to earn competency for graduation and their ability to practice as a dentist.

7. The Faculty of Dentistry is not accepting applications from graduates of international dental programs to the International Dental Degree Completion Program (IDDP) at this time until further notice. Internationally-trained dentists holding Canadian Citizenship or valid permanent residency permits in Canada are eligible to apply to the 4-year Doctor of Dental Medicine program provided all admissions requirements are met.

8. 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).


 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy UBCV's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements

One of the following (minimum scores):

  • four or more consecutive years of recognized, full-time education in English within Canada immediately prior to attending UBC
  • four or more consecutive years of full-time education in English in a country other than Canada where English is the principal language. These four years must be immediately prior to attending UBC
  • four or more years at an eligible international secondary school that uses English as the language of instruction but operates in a country where the primary language is not English. These four years must be immediately prior to attending UBC.
  • A 70% grade or better on the provincial examination portion of BC English 12 (achived August 2019 or earlier) or Alberta English Language Arts 30-1, or equivalents
  • A grade of 4 on Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition or AP Literature and Composition
  • A grade of 5 on International Baccalaureate (IB) English A (higher or standard level)
  • Achieve the competence standard indicated by one of the tests of English language proficiency that evaluates skills in listening, reading, speaking, and writing:
    • CAEL score of 70 overall
    • Campbridge English Qualifications score of 180
    • CEL (UBC Certificate in English) score of 600 
    • IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no part less than a 6.0
    • PTE score of 65 overall, with a 60 in each of the sub-sections: Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking
    • An internet based TOEFL or TOEFL iBt Home Edition score of 90 overall with a:
      • 22 in reading
      • 22 in listening
      • 21 in writing
      • 21 in speaking
    • Duolingo English Test (DET) overall score of 125, where video and writing sample should also demonstrate a strong command of English language (note: DET is accepted only for students in countries where no other English proficiency test is available)
  • Six credits of post-secondary first-year English studies at a recognized university in an English-speaking country (note: transcript showing course completion must be submitted by February 15)
  • Graduation from a recognized degree program at an accredited university where English is the primary language of instruction in an English-speaking country
  • Achieve a UBC Certificate in English Language or CEL by completing Level 600 of the UBC Continuing Studies English for Academic Purposes program on UBC’s Vancouver campus

If you are proficient in English, but do not meet the above requirements, you can request a waiver for the English Language Admission Standard. 

Verify information with the UBC directly

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

If you graduated from a Canadian high school, UBC recommends that you have at least six (6) Grade 12 academic and non-academic courses. Approved equivalent of International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP) and Post-Secondary courses may be used. If you are graduating from a secondary school outside of Canada, the recommended minimum number of senior-level courses will vary.

For any degree applicant, UBC will look at your grades in all academic Grade 11 and Grade 12 courses relevant to the degree you applied to at UBC. If you present a course at both Grade 11 and Grade 12 levels, emphasis is placed upon the mark obtained in the more senior level course.

Your lowest grade will be excluded – as long as the course is not required or relevant to your intended area of study at UBC.

  • At least an overall admission average of 67% (on a 50% pass scale) or equivalent. Note: Due to the number of applications received, a higher academic achievement is often required.
  • Non-academic courses include subjects classified as Applied Design, Skills and Technologies, Career Education, Physical and Health Education or Faith-based.

All students must meet UBC's English Language Competency Standard. There are nine different ways to meet this requirement, such as completing three or more consecutive years of full-time education in English in Canada. For complete details, please check the English Language Competency Requirement page.

You must meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. The program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for UBC-Okanagan Campus. 

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

You must meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. The program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for UBC-Vancouver Campus. 

Click here for details for BC high school graduates.

Click here for details for Yukon high school graduates.

 

Out-of-Province

You must meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. The program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile in EducationPlannerBC's Undergraduate Program Search Database for UBC-Vancouver Campus. 

For details on admission for Secondary School graduates from other provinces, please check here (and select your Province in the drop-down menu).

BC Transfer Student

To apply to UBC as a transfer student, you are strongly encouraged to have completed 24 transferable credits – with at least a C average (60% where 50% is a passing grade), or a grade point of 2.0. Use the BC Transfer Guide and/or UBC Transfer Credit Search Tool to see how courses from your institution transfer to UBC.

For details on university and college transfer to UBC, please refer to this page.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

To apply to UBC as a transfer student, you are strongly encouraged to have completed 24 transferable credits – with at least a C average (60% where 50% is a passing grade), or a grade point of 2.0. Use the UBC Transfer Credit Search Tool to see how courses from your institution transfer to UBC.

For details on university and college transfer to UBC, please refer to this page.

Mature Student

For admission purpose, mature students are defined as someone who have been out of full-time formal education for at least four years and satisfy the English language requirement and degree-specific requirements.

Click here for further details on Mature Student admission at UBC.

International Student

For details on International Student admission at UBC, please check here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

For Canadian Aboriginal Students:
Most Indigenous students are admitted based on their competitive average. However, UBC offers a number of pathways to a post-secondary degree. Details on admission requirements for Canadian Aboriginal Students are found here

For Visiting Students:
Details for studying at UBC as a Visiting Student are found here.

 

How to Apply

Visit the Applying to UBC page for more information on UBC’s application process.