Boston University GSDM Simulation Learning Center
Last updated on February 3, 2023.

Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Program Size
Program Length
24 months
Application Open
March 9, 2023
Application Deadline
November 15, 2023
Program Start
July 22, 2024

Program Contact

Mr. Toby Kahan Assistant Director of Admissions

Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine Admissions
635 Albany St., Suite G-146
Boston, MA 02118, USA

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The D.M.D. Advanced Standing Program at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) is a 24-month course of study for internationally-educated dentists, leading to a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Students are foreign nationals, U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents. D.M.D. Advanced Standing students pursue highly intensive clinical training while simultaneously following a rigorous academic curriculum. Students capitalize on the location of the dental school in the heart of Boston through community outreach and research opportunities.

The Admissions Committee takes into account the applicant’s academic preparation, grades and marks; passage of the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INDBE) or passage of NBDE Parts I and II; and English language proficiency as demonstrated by the TOEFL iBT® (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Letters of evaluation are important in the Committee’s assessment. Clinical experience is strongly considered, along with research and teaching experience, advanced dental education and motivation for the study of dentistry.

The Committee invites selected applicants to interview; an interview is required for admission, but does not guarantee acceptance. Interviews are conducted via Zoom, and typically are scheduled from July through February, but invitations may be extended outside this timeframe until the start of the program. Selected applicants are invited to Showcase visits between September and April.

Program Information

Degree Awarded D.M.D.
Program Size 100
Program Length 24 months
Application Open Date March 9, 2023
Application Deadline November 15, 2023
Program Start Date July 22, 2024
Supplemental Application No
Supplemental Fee Yes
Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or hold U.S. legal permanent resident status (green card) No
Bench Test No
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Application Requirements

Required Standardized Tests

  • NBDE

Supplemental Requirements

  • Requires supplemental fee

Citizenship and Immigration Eligibility

Applicants may be foreign nationals, United States citizens, or hold United States Lawful Permanent Resident status ("green card"). Enrolled international students who require an immigration document (such as an I-20 or DS-2019 form) are assisted by GSDM Admissions and the University's International Students and Scholars Office. 

Transcript Evaluation and Instructions

Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)

ECE Dental School Transcript Course-by-Course Evaluation

  • The Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) “course-by-course”, detailed dental school transcript evaluation is required.
  • Submit your ECE dental school transcript “course-by-course” evaluation directly from ECE to ADEA CAAPID.
  • The ECE report should specify that your dental degree has been awarded.
  • If the ECE evaluation does not specifically state that your dental degree has been awarded, GSDM will obtain that information from your uploaded dental school diploma.
  • World Education Services (WES) evaluations are not accepted.

Letters of Evaluations Instructions

Three (3) Letters of Evaluation are required

  • Letters should be written by the evaluator on their official organization letterhead, and must be dated and signed by the evaluator. 
  • Evaluators should submit letters electronically through Letters by Liaison, the ADEA CAAPID Recommenders Portal.
    • If an evaluator cannot access the Recommenders Portal, the applicant may upload the letter in the ADEA CAAPID Boston University Program Materials section. As with all evaluations, applicant-uploaded letters should be on the evaluator's official letterhead, dated, and signed by the evaluator. 
  • Dental school dean's letter (1)
    • A letter of evaluation from your dental school dean is required.
      • If a dean's evaluation is not available, a letter from a dental school faculty member may be substituted. 
  • Dental school faculty letters (2)
    • Two letters of evaluation from your dental school faculty.
      • A letter of evaluation from your clinical supervisor may substitute for one of the dental school faculty letters.
    • Optional: one additional letter.


TOEFL Requirement Instructions

English Language Proficiency, TOEFL iBT®

  • All applicants must submit official TOEFL iBT® scores to ADEA CAAPID® (institution B451) directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).   
  • All versions of the TOEFL iBT® are accepted (iBT Home Edition, iBT Paper Edition, and iBT test center administration).
  • The minimum TOEFL iBT score is 90.  
  • TOEFL iBT scores of 100 or higher are competitive.
  • Applicants who do not meet the minimum score will not be considered.
  • TOEFL “MyBest Score” is not considered.
  • Not accepted: TOEFL® Essentials™ or other English language assessments.

National Board Requirement Instructions

  • Passage of the INDBE or passage of NBDE Parts 1 and 2 is required.
  • Submit official results directly to ADEA CAAPID from the American Dental Association
  • The ADAT is not required.

Other Requirement Instructions

Curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé

  • Your curriculum vitae or résumé is required. 
  • Upload your CV to the ADEA CAAPID Boston University Program Materials section. 
  • The CV should focus on your professional education, experience and achievements. Summarize the significant information you recorded in the relevant sections of your CAAPID application.
  • If you list continuing education courses (CE), include only those of at least three hours that you attended in the past 12 months.  
  • Do not attach other materials such as certificates or licenses: attachments to your CV will be deleted.

Supplemental Application Fee

  • GSDM will email you instructions for payment of the non-refundable $75 supplemental application fee.