Requirements 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 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.
All prerequisites must be completed successfully prior to matriculation. At the time of submission of the application, it is understood that some prerequisites may be 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, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry and physics.
Community college courses cannot be applied to science prerequisites (biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics). Science prerequisite courses must be completed at an accredited four-year U.S./Canadian college or university. If you have community college science credits, 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 at least the minimum required credits in upper-level 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/statistics prerequisites if the degree-granting institution awarded college credit toward the bachelor’s degree.
PREREQUISITE COURSES (REQUIRED)
- Prerequisite science courses should be taken at an accredited, four-year United States or Canadian college or university.
- Neither community college coursework nor Advanced Standing credit may be applied to science prerequisites. Take upper-level courses to meet the prerequisite credit requirements.
- 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.
|Biology with lab||3 semesters (9-12 credits) or 4 quarters||
|General Chemistry with lab||2 semesters (6-8 credits) or 3 quarters||
|Organic Chemistry with lab||2 semesters (6-8 credits) or 3 quarters||
|Biochemistry||1 semesters (3-4 credits) or 2 quarters||
|Physics with lab||2 semesters (6-8 credits) or 3 quarters||
|Calculus||1 semester (3-4 credits) or 2 quarters||
|Math or Statistics||1 semester (3-4 credits) or 2 quarters||
|English or Composition||2 semesters (6-8 credits) or 3 quarters||
Recommended advanced biological science courses
|Advanced biological science courses||Description|
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.