Requirements for AS
The international equivalent of the DMD dental degree and a passing result on the U.S. National Board Dental Examination Part 1 are prerequisites for consideration for admission to the Advanced Standing DMD Program for applicants whose dental degrees were conferred from accredited institutions outside the United States. An applicant must have earned the dental degree and hold a final diploma prior to applying to the Boston University program. Provisional degrees and certificates are not sufficient.
Applicants to the Advanced Standing DMD Program at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine may be foreign nationals, United States citizens, or permanent residents of the United States. Matriculation requires compliance with Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) regulations as determined by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Boston University International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) website has detailed information.
In considering applications, the Advanced Standing Admissions Committee takes into account the applicant’s academic preparation, prior dental school performance, passage of National Board Dental Examination Part I, and English language ability, as demonstrated by TOEFL subtest scores. Also considered are factors such as an applicant’s dental experience and motivation for the study of dentistry. Postgraduate study is also highly regarded. Letters of reference from a dental school dean and faculty are important elements in the evaluation. The Admissions Committee contacts selected applicants regarding interview invitations. A personal interview is required for admission, but does not guarantee acceptance.
The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required for admission to the Advanced Standing DMD program. Applicants must report their most recent TOEFL score in the CAAPID application. The official TOEFL report must be no more than two years old.
Minimum TOEFL score for the Advanced Standing DMD Program
- 90 Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) total score
- 550 Paper-based TOEFL
Competitive applicants to the Advanced Standing DMD Program typically have an iBT TOEFL total score of 100 or higher.
Applicants who are invited to interview must submit the official TOEFL score report to Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine Admissions. When ordering an official score report for Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, use the proper TOEFL Institution and Department codes. Reports issued to Boston University without the School of Dental Medicine codes will not be accessible to Advanced Standing DMD Admissions.
|TOEFL Codes for Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine|
|TOEFL Institution code (DI code)||3081||Department code||38|
An interviewing applicant may submit an official TOEFL report sent to the applicant’s address only if the report remains unopened and sealed in its original envelope. Documents that have been handled by the applicant are considered unofficial.
Test of English as a Foreign Language
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151 USA
877-863-3546 or 609-771-7100
Advanced Standing DMD Program applicants must enter their result for the U.S. National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Part 1 in the CAAPID application. A passing result on the NBDE Part 1 is required for all applicants, regardless of country of residence.
Applicants who are invited to interview are required to have official NBDE Part 1 results from the American Dental Association’s Department of Testing Services sent electronically to Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine Advanced Standing DMD Admissions.
Applicants requesting their NBDE results will need their DENTPIN, and should use the following information to have official reports electronically delivered to Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine Admissions:
Confirm E-mail Address
Boston University GSDM – AS Admissions
Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations
National Board Dental Examination Part 1
211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 600
Chicago, Illinois 60611-2637
ECE Course-by-Course Report
All applicants for the Advanced Standing DMD Program must submit an ECE course-by-course detailed evaluation and translation of the final dental school transcript directly to CAAPID. The ECE report must indicate an earned bachelor of dental science degree, at minimum. Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine requires the use of ECE, or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., exclusively.
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 USA
Accepted Advanced Standing DMD Program applicants are required to submit an official ECE course-by-course transcript translation and evaluation to Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine Advanced Standing Admissions prior to matriculation. The ECE report previously submitted to CAAPID is available only as a PDF and is not considered an official document. An enrolling applicant may submit an official ECE report sent to the applicant’s address only if the report remains unopened and sealed in its original envelope. Documents that have been handled by the applicant are considered unofficial.
Accepted Advanced Standing DMD applicants must submit an original, official dental school transcript to Boston University, as well as a photocopy of the dental school diploma indicating the date the dental degree was earned. Accepted applicants who hold additional degrees should submit an original, official transcript and a photocopy of the diploma for each degree earned. Original, official transcripts must be sent directly from the educational institution to Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine Advanced Standing Admissions. An enrolling applicant may submit an official transcript sent to the applicant’s address only if the transcript remains unopened and sealed in its original envelope. Documents that have been handled by the applicant are considered unofficial.
Applicants who are selected for an interview are contacted by Advanced Standing Admissions. Interview invitations are issued starting in September and continue through February; interviews are scheduled from late September into March. The Admissions Committee occasionally issues interview invitations to individuals outside this timeframe.
Applicants may interview only if invited. An in-person interview at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine is required for admission. An interview does not guarantee admission. Each interviewee is responsible for his or her own visa, travel, and expenses. Only those applicants invited for an interview are able to meet with a member of the Admissions Committee. Due to the high volume of applications, applicants or prospective applicants cannot be granted informational or informal interviews. We are not able to accommodate tours outside of the interview cycle. We provide tours only to invited applicants participating in an interview. The dental school contains clinical facilities that are accessible only with authorization.
Applicants who are invited to interview should bring a small, recent photograph of themselves (a wallet-size picture of about 2X2 inches or 5X5 centimeters). The photograph should have the applicant’s name and date of birth printed on the back, as well as “Advanced Standing Applicant.” A digital photograph will be taken during the interview day.
Individuals who applied during a prior admissions cycle and who wish to reapply must submit a new CAAPID application for the current cycle. All necessary documents must be resubmitted through CAAPID. No documents are kept from previous cycles. Re-applicants who were interviewed the preceding year generally are not scheduled for an interview for the current admissions cycle. In some cases, however, the Admissions Committee may request that an interview be scheduled.