DMDAS Admission Requirements

Degree in dentistry from an institution outside the US

The program accepts applications from individuals who have earned dental degrees from institutions outside the US.

United States Residency Status

We only accept applications from students that hold the following status:

  • US Citizen
  • US Permanent Resident
  • US Asylee

UIC does not accept or sponsor students on a visa.

National Board Scores

National Board Examination Part I is required for admissions. Applicants must have passed the exam; there is no minimum score requirement. Although National Board Examination Part II is not required, highest consideration will be given to applicants who have passed it. For more information, please visit the American Dental Association.

Course-by-course Evaluation

A highly competitive comprehensive Grade Point Average (GPA) per the ECE course-by-course evaluation is required. UIC only accepts evaluations from the Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). For more information please visit

Evidence of English Competency

Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required for admissions.

All students must meet the minimum sub-scores to be eligible to apply:

  • Overall: 80 (internet-based: IBT)
  • Writing: 21
  • Speaking: 20
  • Listening: 17
  • Reading: 19

The average TOEFL IBT total score for the last entering class was 100. 

It is required that TOEFL scores be reported electronically directly to UIC by ETS. The University of Illinois-Chicago institution code with ETS TOEFL is 1851. Please note that TOEFL scores over two years old are invalid.  There is no exception to this rule. ETS Website:

The following exemptions will be made for:

  • Native English speakers from countries where English is the only official language, or
  • Non-native English speakers who have completed two consecutive years of full-time high school or university study in the U.S. or other country where the only official language of the country is English.

Note: Applicants from countries where the official language of the country is not English, but who attended a university where English was the language of instruction, are not exempt from submitting TOEFL scores.

Safety & Technical Standards

Applicants must meet the Safety and Technical Standards of the program.



Please review our list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for further guidance of the admissions process.

Frequently Asked Questions