Application for DMD

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 in mid-May of the year prior to enrollment.

Application Deadline

We recommend submission of the AADSAS application by September. 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.  To accommodate applicants with delayed DATs due to COVID-19 restrictions, the deadline has been extended to January 1 for the 2020-2021 cycle.

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.

DAT (Dental Admissions Test)

Official DAT scores are required of all applicants. Canadian DATs are accepted. Applicants must submit DAT results from a test taken within two years of the application date.

US DAT

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

The DAT must have been taken within two years of the application date. 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.

Canadian DAT

Canadian DATs are accepted by Boston University. The DAT must have been taken within two years of the application date. Official scores are issued to GSDM by the Canadian Dental Association, DAT Program, www.cda-adc.ca

Letters of Evaluation

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.

Letters of evaluation are submitted through AADSAS. Requirements for evaluation letters:

  • 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.

AADSAS Academic Update

Applicants who complete courses after submitting the AADSAS application should update course and grade information through the AADSAS Academic Update.

Interview

During the 2020-2021 cycle, interviews will be conducted remotely through Zoom.  A video tour of the GSDM Dental School will be available. 

The Admissions Committee contacts selected applicants regarding interview invitations. 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. A personal interview is required for admission, but an interview does not guarantee admission. Due to the high volume of applications, applicants or prospective applicants cannot be granted informational or informal interviews.

Photograph

Applicants who are invited to interview will be asked to submit an electronic photograph of themselves to be added to their application record.

Decisions

Applicants are notified of the committee’s decision no earlier than December 1. For the 2020-2021 application cycle, due to COVID-19, ADEA extended the initial acceptance notification date to December 15.

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.