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Admissions Requirements for the DMD-AS Program

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Applications for admission should be submitted between March 7th and June 15th. Both the CAAPID and the UIC online application deadline is June 15.  A rolling admissions process is used with preference given to earlier applications.

In order to be considered for the DMD-AS program, applicants must:

Have a 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.

Pass the National Board Dental Examination (NBDE)

The  College requires that all applicants pass National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) part I and II or the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) to be considered for admission.

Get more information about the National Board Dental Examination (NBDE).

As of August 1, 2020, the UIC College of Dentistry will accept both the INBDE and the NBDE part I and part II as part of the application process.

ECE 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 the ECE website.

Letters of Recommendation

The UIC College of Dentistry requires three (3) letters of recommendation. Preferably, one letter should be from a U.S. dental practitioner. The College will only accept Letters of Recommendation submitted directly via the ADEA CAAPID application. UIC COD will not accept additional letters of recommendation via the university’s online application or via email. Letters of Recommendation must be on letterhead and must include a signature.

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 score for the last entering class was a 101.

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 must be valid within two years of the application date to UIC. Scores older than two years old will not be accepted. There is no exception to this rule.

The UIC College of Dentistry prefers that students applying to our program take the TOEFL iBT (not Home Edition). 

The TOEFL Best Score will NOT be accepted. For more information on the TOEFL, please visit the ETS website.

The following exemptions will be made for:

  • The English proficiency requirement will be waived for applicants with international coursework completed in countries where English is the only official language. Scores are waived automatically during the application process based on where school completion is reported. This is the link to the university website where you can check if you are waived from submitting a TOEFL score. You can type in the name of the country and check if English proficiency is required.
  • Non-native English speakers who have graduated from a U.S. high school or university or other country where the only official language of the country is English. Waivers for students who completed high school in the U.S. will be considered on a case-by-case basis with department justification and proof of high school diploma (transcript with diploma posted or copy of diploma) if completion is not within 5 years.

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.

Visa Status

The College of Dentistry is accepting applications from students who currently live in the U.S. and hold a valid visa status.

Safety & Technical Standards

The College of Dentistry Safety and Technical Standards form can be found here.

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Please review the admissions website in its entirety, including the FAQ’s page. If you have a question that has not been answered in the FAQ page, please have your CAAPID ID# and UIN available when contacting us.

If you have a question about the College of Dentistry’s DMDAS program requirements, please send an email to: