Requirements for AS

Eligibility

The international equivalent of the DMD dental degree is a prerequisite 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.

Citizenship

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.

Admissions Factors

In considering applications, the Advanced Standing Admissions Committee takes into account the applicant’s academic preparation, prior dental school performance, National Board Dental Examination Part I, and English language ability, as demonstrated by the TOEFL score. 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 recommendation 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.

Interviews

Applicants who are selected for an interview are contacted by the Advanced Standing Admissions office. Applicants may interview only if invited. An in-person interview at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine is required for admission. Each interviewee is responsible for his or her own visa, travel, and expenses. An interview does not guarantee admission. 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 not accessible without authorization.

Photograph

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.”

National Board Dental Examination, Part I

Advanced Standing DMD Program applicants must enter their results for the U.S. National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Part 1 in the CAAPID application. Taking the NBDE Part 1 is required regardless of the applicant’s country of residence. Advanced Standing DMD Program applicants invited for an interview are required to submit the official NBDE results to Boston University prior to their interview.

Examination
American Dental Association Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations
Address
211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 600
Chicago, Illinois 60611-2637
Phone
800-232-1694
Description
Email American Dental Association Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations
http://www.ada.org

English Language Requirements and TOEFL

Applicants whose first language is not English must record their most recent TOEFL score in the CAAPID online application (the TOEFL score must be no more than two years old). Competitive TOEFL scores for the Advanced Standing DMD Program are:

  • 100 Internet-based TOEFL (iBT)
  • 600 Paper-based TOEFL

Boston University score guidelines for the TOEFL are noted below.

Boston University requirements for TOEFL
  Listening Reading Speaking Writing Total
iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) 18 21 23 22 84
PBT (Paper-based TOEFL)         550
 

Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine TOEFL Codes

TOEFL Institution code (DI code) 3081 Department code 38
                 

Advanced Standing DMD Program applicants invited for an interview are required to submit the official TOEFL score report to Boston University prior to their interview. The Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine TOEFL Institution code is 3081 and the Department code is 38.

Information about the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is available at www.toefl.org.

Examination
Test of English as a Foreign Language
Address
TOEFL Services
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151 USA
Phone
877-863-3546 or 609-771-7100
Fax
610-290-8972

International Transcripts and Diplomas

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.

Name
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
Address
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 USA
Phone
414-289-3400
Fax
414-289-3411
Website
www.ece.org
Email
eval@ece.org

Accepted Advanced Standing DMD Program students are required to submit an official ECE course-by-course transcript translation and evaluation to Boston University prior to matriculation. Accepted Advanced Standing DMD Program students also must provide 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.