Application for DMD

Thank you for your interest in applying to the DMD program at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.

The Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine has a solid history of pre-doctoral dental education. The School was founded in 1963 as the Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry; the pre-doctoral programs were initiated in 1972. Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine has a faculty of more than 325 educators, clinicians, and researchers.

To be considered for admission to the DMD program at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, an applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the USA or Canada, or be enrolled in a course of study that will result in the award of the degree before matriculation into the DMD program. Boston University considers applicants without restrictions of state residency or nationality. Further details about the application process and prerequisites are supplied below.

AADSAS online application

Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine uses AADSAS (Associated American Dental Schools Application Service), the national DMD online application offered by ADEA (American Dental Education Association, adea.org). All Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine DMD applications must be processed through AADSAS. The AADSAS application is available at the beginning of June of the year prior to enrollment.

Application Deadline

We recommend early submission of the AADSAS application. Applications submitted early in the cycle allow Admissions ample time to review an applicant’s qualifications. Please note that due to processing requirements, AADSAS will release your application to the dental schools a few weeks after your materials are received.

The AADSAS application submission deadline for Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine is December 1.

Supplemental materials should be submitted by January 1.

Reapplicants

Individuals who have applied during a prior admissions cycle and who wish to reapply must submit a new AADSAS application for the current cycle. There is a space on the application to indicate if you are a reapplicant. All necessary documents must be resubmitted through AADSAS. No documents are kept from previous cycles.

Electronic Application Record

Application records are maintained electronically. The electronic AADSAS application includes your academic history (information from your transcript), letters of recommendation (also called letters of evaluation, or references) and US DAT (Dental Admissions Test) Scores. Submission of the supplementary application fee is online. The only paper record we require is the Canadian DAT score report, for those applicants who take the Canadian DAT.

We cannot accept faxes or photocopies of official documentation.

Any materials submitted to the school become part of the applicant’s record and will not be returned.

DAT (Dental Admissions Test) scores

Official DAT scores are required of all applicants. Canadian DATs are accepted; see instructions below. Applicants must submit DAT results from a test taken within two years of the application date. Unofficial DAT score reports are not accepted.

US DAT

American Dental Association, Department of Testing Services, www.ada.org

Official US DAT scores will be uploaded electronically into your AADSAS application. It may take a few weeks for your scores to be uploaded by the ADA into the AADSAS system. The ADEA website Frequently Asked Questions includes information regarding US DAT score reporting:

ADEA AADSAS will obtain your official DAT scores directly from the American Dental Association’s Testing Services Center and will import them directly into your application. If you take the DAT after your ADEA AADSAS application has been sent to your designated dental schools, an updated application, reflecting your DAT scores will be forwarded to schools just as soon as the scores are received.

Canadian DAT

Canadian Dental Association, DAT Program, www.cda-adc.ca

Canadian DATs are accepted by Boston University. The DAT must have been taken within two years of the application date. Canadian DAT scores reports are paper-based, not electronic, so the scores cannot be uploaded into the AADSAS application. Only official score reports will be considered: applicants should not send copies of score reports. For applicants who take the Canadian DAT, the official score report must be mailed directly from the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) to Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine Admissions.

Official Canadian DAT test scores should be mailed to:

Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
DMD Admissions, Suite G-305
100 East Newton Street
Boston, MA 02118 USA

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation, also known as letters of evaluation, or reference letters, are submitted through AADSAS. AADSAS includes your scanned reference letters as part of your electronic application.

The Admissions Committee values letters from persons who are able to provide a thoughtful, thorough, and candid assessment of an applicant’s academic ability and potential for success in dental study.

Requirements for letters of recommendation:

  • Two or three faculty evaluations, including two from science faculty. The applicant should request references from faculty who can evaluate the student’s performance in the academic setting.
  • One letter of recommendation from a dentist mentor is requested, if the applicant has dental shadowing experience.
  • If the applicant’s college or university has a pre-dental or pre-health advisory committee, its composite or committee evaluation is requested. The committee evaluation fulfills the letters of recommendation requirement.

Transcripts

Official academic transcripts are submitted through AADSAS, which verifies all information. Applicants’ official grades and updates are available to Boston University in the electronic application file. Do not mail transcripts to Boston University. Contact AADSAS regarding any academic updates, such as new fall semester grades.

AADSAS Academic Update:

Applicants have the opportunity to make revisions to their course and grade information on the AADSAS application during the Academic Update period (starting in mid-November, through January). The ADEA AADSAS website indicates that applicants can expect to receive instructions via email a month prior to the academic update period.

Interview

The Admissions Committee contacts selected applicants regarding interview invitations. A personal interview is required for consideration for admission. Interviews are scheduled starting in October. A personal interview does not guarantee acceptance.

A tour of the dental school is included in the interview day; tours are available only to invited applicants.

GSDM maps and directions

Tracking Application Status

Applicants may check the status of their application online through the AADSAS website. During the admissions season, the status portal is updated weekly by Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine Admissions. If no status information shows for an applicant’s Boston University application, it means that the applicant’s materials are under review and no decision has been reached.

Decisions

Applicants are notified of the committee’s decision no earlier than December 1. Decision notifications are sent from December through July. If an applicant has not yet received a decision, it means that the application is under consideration.