Last updated on March 20, 2024.

University of Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry

Program Size
Up to 52 (estimate)
Program Length
28 months
Application Open
March 7, 2024
Application Deadline
June 15, 2024
Program Start
January 1, 2025

Program Contact

Braulia Espinosa Director of Student and Diversity Affairs

The University of Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry, Office of Student and Diversity Affairs, 801 S. Paulina St, Rm. 104 Chicago, IL 60612

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The University of Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry (UIC COD) offers an Advanced Standing Program of study for dentists who were trained outside the United States of America and Canada who wish to practice dentistry within the United States. Upon the successful completion of the program, the participant is awarded a Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree. The D.M.D. features small-group learning that is interdisciplinary in nature and prompted through the use of clinical case studies developed by a team of UIC COD faculty. These case scenarios place all learning in the context of a patient problem/concern and emphasize the relationship between systemic and oral diseases, health and prevention, family and community context, disease diagnosis and evidence-based practice.

Program Information

Degree Awarded D.M.D.
Program Size Up to 52 (estimate)
Program Length 28 months
Application Open Date March 7, 2024
Application Deadline June 15, 2024
Program Start Date January 1, 2025
Supplemental Application Yes
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 application
  • Requires supplemental fee

Citizenship and Immigration Eligibility

We accept applications from students that are currently living in the U.S. on a valid visa status that allows them to study. Individuals holding a tourist visa do not qualify.  

Transcript Evaluation and Instructions

Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)

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 Evaluation Instructions

Three (3) letter of recommendation are required by UIC COD. Preferably, one should be from a U.S. dental practitioner. The College will only accept Letters of Recommendation submitted via ADEA CAAPID. 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.

TOEFL Requirement Instructions

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.

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.

National Board Requirement Instructions

Program requires passage of NBDE Parts I and II or Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) at the time of application to be considered for admission. Submit the official NBDE score report to ADEA CAAPID®. Candidates invited for an interview will be required to request that the American Dental Association (ADA) send an official score report to the UIC COD Office of Admissions via email.