Requirements for DMD

Bachelor’s Degree

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 awarding of the degree before matriculation into the DMD program.

Applicants who completed their bachelor’s degree more than two years before expected dental school attendance are advised to pursue academic activities, research, or employment in the oral health field to maintain and strengthen preparation for a dental school curriculum.

Prerequisite Courses

Boston University requires that all prerequisites be completed prior to matriculation. At the time of submission of the application, it is understood that some prerequisites are pending completion. In the AASDAS application, list your planned courses.

Although most of the prerequisite courses are science-based, an applicant may be enrolled in any major.

Credits from an accredited four-year U.S./Canadian college or university should match or exceed the prerequisite requirement in biology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics.

Up to 30 credits of community college work will be accepted, but community college coursework may not be applied to science prerequisites (biology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physics). Science prerequisite courses must be completed at a four-year U.S./Canadian college or university.  If you have community college science credits, you should take upper-level courses in the relevant field of study at a four-year institution to earn sufficient prerequisite credits in the topic.  It is not necessary to re-take the basic course at a four-year institution if you have advanced coursework in the topic from a four-year institution.

Advanced Placement credit is not accepted toward the science prerequisites. Applicants who received college credit and/or placed out of prerequisite courses because of AP credits must either retake those courses at an accredited four-year United States or Canadian institution or take an equal number of credits in upper-level coursework in the same discipline at a four-year institution.

Advanced Placement credits will be accepted for English and math prerequisites if the degree-granting institution awarded college credit toward the bachelor’s degree.

PREREQUISITE COURSES (REQUIRED)

  • Prerequisite courses should be taken at an accredited, four-year United States or Canadian college or university. Community college coursework may not be applied to science prerequisites.
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited, four-year United States or Canadian college or university is a requirement for enrollment at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.
  • The Admissions Committee strongly suggests that the following courses be taken to ensure a competitive application.
Course Credits Description
Biology with lab 3 semesters (9-12 credits) or 4 quarters Advanced Placement credits do not fulfill the Biology prerequisite: upper-level Biology college courses can be used to fulfill the prerequisite credit requirement. Refer to the list of suggested biological science courses, below.
General (Inorganic) Chemistry with lab 2 semesters (6-8 credits) or 3 quarters Advanced Placement credits do not fulfill the General Chemistry prerequisite: upper-level Inorganic Chemistry college courses can be used to fulfill the prerequisite credit requirement.
Organic Chemistry with lab 2 semesters (6-8 credits) or 3 quarters Advanced Placement credits do not fulfill the Organic Chemistry prerequisite: upper-level Organic Chemistry college courses can be used to fulfill the prerequisite credit requirement.
Physics with lab 2 semesters (6-8 credits) or 3 quarters
  • Courses including general principles of physical laws and phenomena: mechanics, light, heat, sound, electricity, radiation.
  • Advanced Placement credits do not fulfill the Physics prerequisite: upper-level Physics college courses can be used to fulfill the prerequisite credit requirement.
Math including calculus 2 semesters (6-8 credits) or 3 quarters
  • Advanced Placement credits will be accepted if the degree-granting institution awarded college credit toward the bachelor’s degree.
  • At least one calculus course is required.
  • A statistics course will fulfill the second mathematics course requirement.
English or Composition 2 semesters (6-8 credits) or 3 quarters
  • Advanced Placement credits will be accepted if the degree-granting institution awarded college credit toward the bachelor’s degree.
  • University-designated writing intensive courses will also satisfy this requirement. A course description will be required at time of interview.

Recommended advanced biological science courses

Courses Description
  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry*
  • Cell biology
  • Embryology
  • Genetics
  • Histology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Physiology
  • Zoology
  • For applicants who have AP credits for Introductory Biology, a selection of advanced biological science courses may be used toward the prerequisite requirements. Note that prerequisite science courses must include lab.
  • Upper-level biological sciences courses taken in addition to prerequisite course credits enhance an applicant’s preparation for dental school.
  • *Biochemistry may count toward biology or chemistry prerequisites, depending on the departmental designation of the course.

Additional courses

Courses Description
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Arts
  • Business
  • Engineering

Etc.

Applicants, especially science majors, are encouraged to include a variety of courses in their undergraduate program. Exploration of diverse subject areas and perspectives contributes to a broad knowledge base and enhances critical-thinking skills.

Standards for Admission

In considering applications, the Admissions Committee places primary emphasis on an applicant’s undergraduate record. The successful completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year U.S. or Canadian college or university is a requirement for matriculation into Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Applicants who are admitted during their final year of undergraduate study must demonstrate successful completion of the bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation in the DMD program. The committee takes into account the applicant’s scores on the Dental Admissions Test, as well as factors such as the quality and difficulty of courses taken, demonstrated leadership ability, and motivation for the study of dentistry. Applicants’ personal statements submitted as part of the AADSAS application and letters of recommendation are important elements in the evaluation.

The applicant has the opportunity to describe extra-curricular and co-curricular experiences in the AADSAS application, including observation of dental professionals (“shadowing experience”), involvement in community through employment or volunteering, and research experience.

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.

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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.