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Last updated on May 15, 2023.

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry

Program Size
Program Length
30 months
Application Open
March 9, 2023
Application Deadline
May 31, 2023
Program Start
January 1, 2024

Program Contact

Wendy Scripps Director of Student Recruitment & Engagement
UAB School of Dentistry International Dental Program 1720 Second Ave. South, SDB 125 Birmingham, AL 35294-0007 (205) 975-1105
Denise Scogin
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The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a public, urban research university and academic health center. The School of Dentistry’s (UAB SOD) International Dental Program (IDP) provides foreign-educated dental graduates the opportunity to enter a Commission of Dental Accreditation- (CODA-) approved D.M.D. program. Following an intensive, six-month preparatory term, qualified students integrate with undergraduate dental students to complete the final two years of the D.M.D. curriculum.

Program Information

Degree Awarded D.M.D.
Program Size 24
Program Length 30 months
Application Open Date March 9, 2023
Application Deadline May 31, 2023
Program Start Date January 1, 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 Yes
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Application Requirements

Required Standardized Tests

  • NBDE

Supplemental Requirements

  • Requires supplemental fee

Citizenship and Immigration Eligibility

All applicants with citizenship, green card, or legal visa status in the US are eligible to apply. Applicants currently possessing a B1/B2 or F2/M2 visa must change their visa status to F1 prior to enrolling. Eligible applicants will be evaluated on their professional merit and not visa status. Applicants outside the US will likely require a F1 student visa to pursue their program. Please contact if you have specific questions about your visa type and eligibility to study in the US. Applicant's visa status should allow them time to complete the program.

Transcript Evaluation and Instructions

Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), World Education Services (WES)

Letters of Evaluation Instructions

Program requires three Letters of Evaluation from former teachers or mentors who can attest to applicant's character, conduct and professional ability. If possible, one or more of the three letters should be from a dentist practicing in the United States who supervised or worked with the applicant in a clinical or educational setting.

TOEFL Requirement Instructions

Must demonstrate acceptable English language speaking and reading skills. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL internet-based test (TOEFL iBT). A minimum 94 iBT score and a score of 20 or above in each of the four skill areas is required. (Suggested 100 iBT score or above to be competitive.) TOEFL scores more than two years old are not accepted.

National Board Requirement Instructions

Must pass NBDE Part I & II or the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) prior to application.

Other Requirement Instructions

Update on 5/15/2023

UAB IDP sent out invitations last week for the 2023 bench test and had an incredible response. As of 5/15/23, only one position on this year's bench test remains available and we have MANY excellent applicants standing by. At this time, we do not plan to host a third bench test, but this could change. Our application cycle remains open until the end of May, but also want to be transparent with our applicants that there are very few opportunities left for this cycle. THANK YOU for your interest in our program. And, Go Blazers!


Note for 2023 Application Cycle:

UAB will conduct the 2023 bench test in early June (tentatively June 8 and 9). Due to this early bench test date, applicants are encouraged to complete their applications by May 1, but the program will continue to accept applications through May 31, 2023.