Application for Post-doctoral Programs

PASS Application
Boston University Supplemental Application and Fee
Completing the Application Process for Specific Programs
Match for ORTHO, PEDO, OMS
OMS: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; NBME CBSE
NBDE Part 1
TOEFL Requirements for Non-Native English Speakers
Supplemental Documents
Admitted Applicants: Required Official Documents
English proficiency requirements for Massachusetts Limited License
U.S. Social Security Number: AEGD
Additional Information

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in applying to a post-doctoral program at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. To be considered for admission to a post-doctoral program at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, an applicant must hold a DMD or DDS United States dental degree or its international equivalent. Current pre-doctoral students may start the application process during their final pre-doctoral year; however, the dental degree must be awarded before an admitted candidate can matriculate into a post-doctoral program.

Please review the detailed information below. If you have questions about the application process that are not answered here, please contact us.

Post-doctoral Admissions email: postadm@bu.edu

Admissions Office telephone: 617-638-4787


PASS Application

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All applicants must submit the PASS application.

ADEA PASS is the American Dental Education Association Post-doctoral Application Support Service. www.adea.org

ADEA PASS Customer Service Representatives can answer questions specific to the PASS application.

  • PASS email: passinfo@passweb.org
  • PASS telephone: 617-612-2065

Evaluations/References/Recommendations

PASS requires the institutional evaluation and a minimum of three PPI (Personal Potential Index) assessment for application submission. Boston University considers applications that fulfill the PASS requirements.

The PASS Professional Evaluation Form (PEF, similar to a traditional letter of recommendation)  is not required by PASS  or by Boston University for application completion, but candidates for Boston University post-doctoral programs may submit up to two PEF assessments in addition to the three required PPI evaluations.

A submitted application that contains only the minimum PASS required assessments will be reviewed. Applications with multiple applicant assessments are preferred by Boston University, as they provide the reviewer with more information to consider in the admission decision.

Boston University recommends submission of the following assessments through PASS:

  • Institutional Evaluation Form (IEF)—required
  • Personal Potential Index (PPI)—3 required
  • Professional Evaluation Form (PEF)—2 recommended, optional

An evaluator may submit either the PEF or a PPI, but not both forms for one applicant. The PEF is suitable for assessments of performance in a clinical or research setting.


Boston University Supplemental Application and Fee

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All applicants must submit the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine supplemental application and application fee.  A separate supplemental application for each specialty is required, for those applying to more than one program. Access to the supplemental application is provided to the applicant by Admissions via email after the PASS application has been received at Boston University. No link to the supplemental application is posted online. The PASS application must be received by the Admissions office before the supplemental application can be issued. We request completion of the supplemental application within two weeks after receipt of the email.

Each specialty department offers several options for post-doctoral certificates and degrees; in the supplemental application you will indicate which degree program interests you. You will have the opportunity to provide a brief statement (1,000 characters) describing your professional and academic goals, and how post-doctoral study at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine will help you achieve them.  If you have any affiliation with the University, you may also provide that information in the supplemental application.

Upon completion of the supplemental application, you will be directed to a secure online payment system to pay the institutional application fee using a debit or credit card. The application fee is nonrefundable and is not credited toward any charges when an accepted applicant registers as a student.

  • $75 application fee for domestic applicants (U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents)
  • $105 application fee for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens and non-permanent residents)

Completing the Application Process for Specific Programs

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The application review is performed by the program department. Departments require the completion of the application before they begin review of the applicant’s credentials. We recommend that you complete your application as early as possible.

Candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted by the department. Evaluative interviews are part of the application process required by most departments for candidates of interest. An interview does not guarantee acceptance into a program.

Official admissions decisions and application communications are conveyed to the applicant through Post-doctoral Admissions.  The email address you provide in your PASS application is the primary means of communication for post-doctoral admissions.  We recommend that you adjust your email settings to allow messages from @bu.edu addresses to ensure that communications regarding the application process are not automatically transferred to your spam or junk mail folder.


Program-Specific Requirements: ORTHO, PEDO, OMS, ENDO

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Match: Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program

The post-doctoral Dental Matching Program is administered by National Matching Services Inc., www.natmatch.com/dentres/. Match registration information is available through PASS.  Match is required in addition to PASS for the following Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine post-doctoral degree and certificate programs:

  • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency programs*

* Match is not required for the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Pre-Residency Internship Program.


OMS: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency programs are open only to graduates of US and Canadian dental schools accredited by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association.

NBME CBSE: applicants are strongly encouraged to submit scores from the AAOMS-sponsored National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CBSE). (AAOMS is the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.)

NBDE Part 1: The National Dental Board Examination Part I is required for all applicants; applicants with a numeric score (rather than a pass/fail result) on Part 1 of dental boards are not required to take the CBSE.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Pre-Residency Internship Program:
International dentists may apply for the one-year pre-residency non-degree OMS program.  Match, NBDE Part 1 and NBME CBSE are not required for international applicants to the non-degree pre-residency internship. Applicants to the OMS residency programs who are not placed through the Match are considered for the pre-residency internship program and do not have to submit an additional application.


NBDE Part 1 Results

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NBDE Part 1 is required for U.S. educated applicants.

NBDE Part 1 will be required for ENDO international applicants beginning with 2014-2015 admissions (for applicants wishing to enroll in July 2015). NBDE Part 1 results will be required for all applicants to Boston University Endodontics post-doctoral programs, including international applicants, in the 2015 admissions cycle. NBDE Part 1 is optional for international applicants in the 2013-2014 admissions cycle (for programs starting in July 2014).


TOEFL Requirements for Non-Native English Speakers

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All applicants must be proficient in the English language in order to be considered for admission. Applicants whose first language is not English must provide valid TOEFL scores (TOEFL score reports must be no more than two years old). Applicants should self-report their TOEFL scores in the PASS application.  Boston University Post-doctoral Admissions requests a TOEFL score report (a report issued to the applicant is sufficient for the application process.) Upon receiving an offer of admission, enrolling international students must have an official TOEFL score report sent directly from the testing agency.

For general admissions consideration, Boston University’s TOEFL requirements are:

Boston University TOEFL English proficiency requirements
TOEFL scores must be valid (no older than two years) Listening Reading Speaking Writing Total
iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) 18 21 23 22 84
PBT (Paper-based TOEFL) 550

The Internet-based TOEFL has four subsections, with a grading scale for each section from 1 to 30 (30 being the best possible score). Boston University considers the score for each section rather than only the total iBT score. The minimum scores for each section are noted above.

English Proficiency Requirements for Massachusetts Limited License

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A Massachusetts Limited License is necessary for rotations at affiliated sites for these programs:

  • Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD)
  • Endodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Programs
  • Pediatric Dentistry

If the dental degree instruction was in a language other than English, qualifying TOEFL or IELTS scores must be submitted with the license application after admission.  Refer to the detailed explanation below regarding the English proficiency requirements for Massachusetts Limited License, which differ from Boston University admissions requirements.


Supplemental Documents

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Submission of the PASS application and the Boston University supplemental application fulfills the application materials requirements for most post-doctoral programs; special additional requirements (Match, NBME CBSE, TOEFL) are described above.  Applicants may submit additional supporting documents directly to the admissions office; however, these are not required prior to admission. Materials submitted become part of the applicant’s record and will not be returned. Accepted supporting materials include:

Undergraduate transcript (applicants educated in the U.S. and Canada)An unofficial, student-issued undergraduate transcript or grade report is sufficient for the application process.

Advanced degree or certificate transcript/s
Academic transcripts from any advanced degree or certificate program in which you have enrolled; an unofficial, student-issued transcript or grade report is sufficient for the application process.

TOEFL Score Report
International applicants must take the TOEFL exam and report their scores in the PASS application, but an official score report does not need to be submitted to Boston University until after an offer of admission is made. A copy of a score report issued to the applicant may be submitted for application purposes.  Admitted international applicants must have official TOEFL scores sent to Boston University by the testing agency; be aware that ETS will not distribute TOEFL scores reports requested more than two years after the test date.

Boston University English proficiency requirements

iBT (Internet based TOEFL) minimum scores: 22 Writing, 23 Speaking, 21 Reading, 18 Listening.

PBT (Paper-based TOEFL) minimum total score: 550.

NBDE Part 1 results
NBDE Part 1 is required for U.S. educated applicants.  NBDE is optional for international applicants. For all applicants, official results do not need to be sent to Post-doctoral Admissions until after an offer of admission is made.  The NBDE 1 result is reported in PASS through the Institutional Evaluation form for domestic applicants.   International applicants who have taken the NBDE have the option of submitting an unofficial copy of their results to Post-doctoral Admissions to support their application. Note: Beginning with 2014-2015 admissions (for applicants wishing to enroll in July 2015), NBDE Part 1 results will be required for all applicants to Boston University Endodontics post-doctoral programs, including international applicants.

Unofficial documents may be submitted via email, fax, or postal mail:
Email postadm@bu.edu
Fax 617-638-4798
Mail
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Post-doctoral Admissions
100 East Newton Street, Suite G305
Boston, MA 02118 USA

Documents that are scanned, emailed or faxed are considered unofficial.

Documents must be submitted to Post-doctoral Admissions directly from the issuing agency in order to be considered official.

The GRE is not required for Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine admissions.


Admitted Applicants: Required Official Documents

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Admitted applicants must submit official documents to complete their student file prior to matriculation.  Materials submitted become part of the enrolling applicant’s record and will not be returned.

Official documents must be delivered in sealed envelopes from the document issuer (registrar, testing agency, etc.).

Official documents for admitted, enrolling applicants must be mailed to:
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Post-doctoral Admissions
100 East Newton Street, Suite G305
Boston, MA 02118 USA

Please note that the following do not qualify as official documentation:

  • Documents previously submitted to PASS as application materials (test results, self-reported information, transcripts, etc.) do not qualify as official documentation.
  • Faxes, scans, photocopies, PDFs, photographs and electronic reports do not qualify as official documentation.
  • Unsealed reports issued to the applicant do not qualify as official documentation.
  • Student-issued transcripts or test results do not qualify as official documentation.

Enrolling U.S. Educated Post-doctoral Students Required Documents

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Dental school transcript: Official, final dental degree-conferring transcript sent directly from your dental school to Post-doctoral Admissions.  If your program requires you to obtain a Massachusetts Limited License, please submit an additional official transcript according to the instructions of your program department.

Undergraduate transcript: Official degree-conferring bachelor’s transcript sent directly from your undergraduate institution to Post-doctoral Admissions.

Official advanced degree transcript, if relevant.

NBDE Part 1 official results: National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Part 1 official report sent directly from the testing agency to Post-doctoral Admissions.

Background check: admitted applicants will receive an email from Certiphi Screening Incorporated with instructions.

U.S. Social Security Number: If accepted into AEGD, the applicant must obtain a U.S. Social Security Number prior to the start of the program.


Enrolling Internationally Educated Post-doctoral Students Required Documents

Dental school transcript: Official, final dental degree-conferring transcript sent directly from your dental school to Post-doctoral Admissions.  If the transcript does not indicate the date your dental degree was conferred, also submit a notarized photocopy of your dental diploma.

Official advanced degree transcript, if relevant.

Course-by-course transcript translation and evaluation from ECE or WES: Official transcript evaluation sent directly from ECE or WES to Post-doctoral Admissions.

TOEFL: Official TOEFL score report sent directly from ETS, Educational Testing Service, to Post-doctoral Admissions.

  • TOEFL Institution code 3081
  • TOEFL Department code 38
  • Boston University English proficiency requirements: internet based TOEFL (iBT) minimum subsection scores of 22 Writing, 23 Speaking, 21 Reading, and 18 Listening.

Background check: admitted applicants will receive an email from Certiphi Screening Incorporated with instructions.

AEGD: U.S. Social Security Number: If accepted into AEGD, the applicant must obtain a U.S. Social Security Number prior to the start of the program.

Immigration documents: Admitted international students (not U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents) must submit documentation as required by the Boston University International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO). See the ISSO website, www.bu.edu/isso/students/prospective/admissions/index.html for detailed requirements.

All immigration documents should be submitted to Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine Post-doctoral Admissions.  Questions should be directed to Post-doctoral Admissions.  Required immigration documents include:

  • International Student Data Form (ISDF) www.bu.edu/isso/forms/ISDF-Fillable.pdf
  • Financial Documents demonstrating your ability to pay for your expenses at Boston University, or evidence of financial sponsorship. The exact amount that must be shown is determined each year in April; you may reference the current year’s tuition and fees, but be aware that the minimum funds required for the next academic year will likely be different.
  • Passport data page photocopy, copies of all prior U.S. immigration documents, and copies of the passports and immigration documents of any dependents who will be travelling to the U.S. with you.

English proficiency requirements for Massachusetts Limited License:

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A Massachusetts Limited License is necessary for rotations at affiliated sites. Check with the program to inquire when the application for a Limited License will be required. English proficiency requirements for licensure are different from Boston University admissions requirements.  For Massachusetts licensure, if the applicant’s dental degree is from a school where instruction (written or oral) was in a language other than English, documentation of a TOEFL score or the Academic Format International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score must be submitted with the license application. Results from IELTS will be considered for Massachusetts licensure, but IELTS is not accepted for program admissions consideration. The TOEFL is required for Boston University admissions consideration.

Massachusetts Limited Licensure English proficiency requirements
If the dental degree instruction was in a language other than English, qualifying TOEFL or IELTS scores must be submitted with the license application after admission for the following programs: 

  • Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD)
  • Endodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Programs
  • Pediatric Dentistry
Licensure requirements differ from Boston University admissions requirements. Listening Reading Speaking Writing Total
iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) 17 21 24 25 90
PBT (Paper-based TOEFL) Different TOEFL scores are required to obtain a Massachusetts Limited License than for admission. 577
IELTS IELTS may be used for licensure, but not for admissions. 7.0

U.S. Social Security Number: AEGD

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Applicants accepted into AEGD (Advanced Education in General Dentistry) must obtain a U.S. Social Security Number prior to the start of the program.


Additional Information

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Applying to more than one specialty
Individuals who submit an application to more than one specialty are required to complete a supplemental application for each PASS specialty designation.

Reapplicants
Individuals who applied during a prior admissions cycle and who wish to reapply must submit a new PASS application for the current cycle. No documents are maintained by Admissions from previous cycles.