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Last updated on February 12, 2024.

University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

Program Size
Program Length
29 months
Application Open
March 7, 2024
Application Deadline
June 1, 2024
Program Start
January 6, 2025

Program Contact

Rachel Katkar UMN PASS Executive Operations and Student Services Specialist

School of Dentistry University of Minnesota 15-121 Malcolm Moos Health Sciences Tower 515 Delaware Street S.E. Minneapolis, MN 55455

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The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Program for Advanced Standing Students (UMN PASS) is a 29-month program for graduates of dental schools outside of the United States and Canada. Graduates earn their Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree to practice general dentistry in the United States. Also, UMN PASS is one of the only programs that prepares graduates to take the prepare dental board examinations so graduates can practice dentistry in Canada as well. A total of 16 students are admitted each year.

UMN PASS is an integrated program so students receive the same clinical education as any other student graduating from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. All instruction is research-based, taught by top faculty who are leaders in dentistry, and incorporates leading dental techniques, skills, and tools. UMN PASS facilitates a smooth transition into the United States and Canadian dental profession with 100% employment after graduation.

Program Information

Degree Awarded D.D.S.
Program Size 16
Program Length 29 months
Application Open Date March 7, 2024
Application Deadline June 1, 2024
Program Start Date January 6, 2025
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 regardless of citizenship are welcome to apply. Any applicants admitted into the program who require an F-1 visa will work with University of Minnesota International Student Scholars Service office to obtain an F-1 visa and any F-2 visas for eligible family members.

Transcript Evaluation and Instructions

Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)

Only a dental degree transcript from a country outside the US and Canada is required for your ADEA CAAPID application. Please submit all transcripts for Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees if applicable.

Letters of Evaluation Instructions

Submit 3 letters of recommendation as part of your ADEA CAAPID application.

TOEFL Requirement Instructions

The PASS program only accepts the internet-based Test (iBT) of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination results. Other requirements include the following:

  • The TOEFL iBT is mandatory regardless of instruction in English or residency.
  • Examination must have been completed within the last three years. 
  • The iBT total score must be 94 or above and with a score of 20 or above in each of the four evaluations.
  • The iBT Home edition is accepted.
  • MyBest scores are accepted.

National Board Requirement Instructions

Applicant must submit Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) or NBDE Parts I and II examination results.

Other Requirement Instructions