Dentistry

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Dentistry

Location

Location

  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Place Mercantile
  • 2001 McGill College Avenue, Suite 500
  • Montreal QC H3A 1G1
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-7203
  • Fax: 514-398-8900
  • D.M.D. and Dent-P Admissions Offices
  • 2001 McGill College Ave. (by appointment)
  • Telephone: 514-398-7203 ext. 00063
  • Email: undergrad.dentistry [at] mcgill.ca

About Dentistry

About Dentistry

Our Undergraduate Dental Program (D.M.D.) curriculum is innovative and dynamic, reflecting the minds of our outstanding professors and their vision for training tomorrow's leaders in oral health care. First and foremost, we want our graduates to be professionals who possess sound judgment. We believe this is the best way to ensure that their patients, and the population at large, receive the most effective care possible—health care that is supported by scientific evidence and a sense of social justice.

To attain this goal, we have created a curriculum that employs cutting-edge approaches to the management of oral health problems, as well as innovative teaching and learning techniques. It focuses on the relationship between oral health and general health.

During recent years, our curriculum has changed dramatically to reflect the evolving needs of society and the dental profession. In the coming years our curriculum will evolve further to improve the capacity of our graduates to better serve under-privileged groups in our society and to become leaders in oral health-related research and academics, organized dentistry, dental practice, and government, all with a view to addressing the enormous disparities in oral and general health that exist in society today.

D.M.D. – Four-Year Program (218.5 credits)

Four-Year Undergraduate Dental D.M.D. Program (D.M.D.) During the first 18 months of the program, the Fundamentals of Medicine and Dentistry are taught in conjunction with the Faculty of Medicine. Students then complete seven months of intense preclinical training followed by two years of clinical training in our brand new state-of-the-art undergraduate teaching clinic. Students rotate through various hospital departments including Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (at the Montreal General Hospital), Paediatric Dentistry (at the Montreal Children's Hospital), the Jim Lund Dental Clinic (at the Welcome Hall Mission in St. Henri), the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit (at the Montreal General Hospital), and the McGill Pain Centre.

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Dental Preparatory (Dent-P) (30 credits)

The Dent-P program combines a preparatory year in the Faculty of Sciences followed by the four-year D.M.D. program in the Faculty of Dentistry. The objective of the Dent-P program is to offer students the opportunity to adapt to university-level academics before entering the rigorous curriculum of the D.M.D. program. The Dent-P program consists of two consecutive semesters of a Bachelor of Science-style curriculum. Students are officially registered in the Faculty of Science during their preparatory year and must complete the required courses and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.5 to continue on to the D.M.D. program.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2016-2017 (last updated May. 30, 2016) (disclaimer)

Dentistry Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Dentistry Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admissions – Undergraduate Program

Admissions – Undergraduate Dentistry Program

Application for admission to the Faculty of Dentistry for the Fall semester (beginning in September) will be available online as of September 1 of the previous year at www.mcgill.ca/applying. Please consult the Faculty of Dentistry's website at www.mcgill.ca/dentistry/programs for the most recent application procedures. All documents, including transcripts, curriculum vitae, and personal statement, must be submitted by the deadlines given below. Each application to the D.M.D. program (four years) or the DENT-P program (one year + four-year D.M.D. program) must be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee; please refer to the Student Accounts website for fee details.

The Faculty of Dentistry encourages students from various backgrounds to apply. Prospective applicants are advised to pursue courses of study, whether in the humanities, the social or the natural sciences, that appeal to them. The Faculty aims to graduate socially aware, culturally sensitive and community-oriented practitioners who are committed to improving access to oral health care. Developing interpersonal skills such as active listening, communicating, empathy, and compassion are important if you select dentistry as a career.

Application Deadlines – Undergraduate Program

Application Deadlines – Undergraduate Dentistry Program

Deadline to submit the online application to the Degree Completion Program (Advanced Standing) Deadline to submit all required documents for the Degree Completion Program Deadline to submit the online application to the four-year D.M.D. program Deadline to submit all required documents for the four-year D.M.D. program Deadline to submit the online application to the Dental Preparatory Program (Dent-P) Deadline to submit all required documents for the Dental Preparatory Program (Dent-P)
Oct. 1 Oct. 2 Nov. 1 Nov. 6 March 1 March 3

Applications to the D.M.D. program must be submitted by November 1. Students applying to the Dent-P program must submit their application by March 1. International Dental Graduates interested in applying to our Degree Completion Program must do so by October 1.

For students accepted into the four-year D.M.D. program or the Degree Completion program, notification of acceptance must be accompanied by a deposit of CAD$500, which will be applied against tuition. For students accepted into the D.M.D. program, fifty per cent (50%) of the deposit fee is refundable up to June 15. For students accepted into the Dent-P program, notification of acceptance of the offer must be accompanied by a deposit of CAD$400, which will be applied against tuition. The deposit is refundable up to July 15.

Deferred Admission

Admission into the first year of our D.M.D. program may be exceptionally deferred for a period of one (1) year at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. A deferral request can only be made once the offer of admission has been accepted and the deposit paid. If a request for deferral is granted, the registration deposit will be transferred to the deferred term.

Requests must be submitted in writing and addressed to our Chair of Admissions. This letter of a maximum of two pages should set out the reason(s) for the request, and must be submitted no later than July 15.

Note: Deferral admission is not granted for students accepted into the Dent-P or the Degree Completion program.

Extenuating Circumstances

In case of any serious medical or personal difficulty(ies) that had a significant impact on academic performance, a claim of “Extenuating Circumstances (EXTC)” can be made in the application.

A 500-word letter must be provided explaining the situation that was outside of the applicant's control and which may have impacted the applicant’s candidacy (any supporting documentation must be referenced where applicable). The letter should also provide information such as: when, specifically, the situation occurred (start date – end date); how this affected the applicant's candidacy; and what the Admissions Committee should take into consideration when reviewing the application. Any supporting documentation such as medical notes, accident reports, etc. to support your case must be provided. The letter and supporting documents must be submitted in one PDF file and uploaded via Minerva to the appropriate checklist item.

Four-Year Undergraduate Dental Program (D.M.D.)

Four-Year Undergraduate Dental Program (D.M.D.)

During the first 18 months of the program, the Fundamentals of Medicine and Dentistry are taught in conjunction with the Faculty of Medicine. Students then complete seven months of intense preclinical training followed by two years of clinical training in our brand new state-of-the-art undergraduate teaching clinic. Students rotate through various hospital departments including Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (at the Montreal General Hospital), Pediatric Dentistry (at the Montreal Children's Hospital), the Jim Lund Dental Clinic (at the Welcome Hall Mission in St. Henri), the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit (at the Montreal General Hospital), and the McGill Pain Centre.

Requirements

Applicants to the program should have either completed the following entrance requirements or be completing them by July 31 of the year of entry to the D.M.D. program.

A 120-credit (“four-year”) or equivalent Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in any discipline is required. Applicants who have successfully obtained a Diploma of Collegial Studies (Diplôme d’études collégiales; “DEC”) in a pre-university program can apply with a 90-credit program from a Quebec university. The program must have been undertaken on a full-time basis and should be completed in the time prescribed by the program. A full course load (e.g., 15 credits) is strongly recommended in regular sessions. Summer or other interim sessions are acceptable; however, they should not take away from regular sessions.

Applicants may be considered on the basis of a second undergraduate degree. A minimum of 45 new consecutive graded credits completed on a full-time basis must be completed by the November 1 application deadline. Completing the degree is not mandatory, but very strongly recommended. The Admissions Office does not consider degrees without a marking or grading system; narrative transcripts are not accepted.

As an indicator of the GPA that is competitive, here are the average GPAs for admitted dental students in the past three years:

  • 2015: 3.82
  • 2014: 3.82
  • 2013: 3.78

Basic Science Requirements

Applicants are required to have completed (with official grades submitted) all of the basic science prerequisite coursework at CEGEP or university level by January 15 of the year they will be applying. The Admissions Office expects you to have no more than 2 outstanding basic science courses by the application deadline (Nov. 1). Applicants must have successfully completed (or be in the final stages of completing) the following courses at a university level with laboratory or practical work in each:

  • a minimum six (6) credits of Introductory Biology/Biological Sciences coursework with labs;
  • a minimum six (6) credits of General (or Physical) Chemistry coursework with labs;
  • a minimum three (3) credits of Organic Chemistry coursework with labs;
  • a minimum six (6) credits of Introductory Physics coursework with labs.

Grades of Pass/Fail (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) are not acceptable in coursework. Numerical or letter-class grades are required. Academic performance within these courses will be considered. Prerequisite courses completed more than eight years before the application deadline will not be considered. Distance or correspondence education courses will be considered by the Admissions Office.

The Admissions Office may accept Advanced Levels (UK System), French Baccalaureate année Terminale, Série S, IBO Courses (Higher Level), and AP Results (College Board) as acceptable alternatives. Official test results should be sent from the examination board directly to McGill Enrolment Services:

In addition to the above prerequisite courses, it is strongly recommended that students know biology, physiology, statistics, and genetics at a level equivalent to the first-year introductory courses at McGill. Those courses are not yet mandatory but are considered a good preparation for the studies of the Fundamentals of Medicine and Dentistry.

Note: The basic science requirements are currently under review. Prospective applicants should check our website for more up-to-date information.

Dental Aptitude Test (DAT)

The Canadian Dental Association Aptitude Test (DAT) is no longer required.

Five-Year Undergraduate Dental Program (Dent-P + D.M.D.)

Five-Year Undergraduate Dental Program (Dental Preparatory Program [Dent-P] + D.M.D.)

The five-year program combines a preparatory year in the Faculty of Science (Dent-P program) followed by the four-year D.M.D. program in the Faculty of Dentistry. The objective of the Dent-P program is to offer students the opportunity to adapt to university-level academics before entering the rigorous curriculum of the D.M.D. program.

The Dent-P program consists of two consecutive semesters of a Bachelor of Science-style curriculum. Students are officially registered in the Faculty of Science during their preparatory year and must complete the required courses and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.5 to continue on to the D.M.D. program.

Requirements

Applicants must be recognized residents of Quebec and enrolled in the second and final year of the Sciences Profile of the Quebec Colleges of General and Professional Education (CEGEP) to be eligible to apply for the five-year program.

The five-year Undergraduate Dental Program (Dent-P) is not open to university-level students or to students outside Quebec. This program is only open to immediate graduates of the Quebec collegial (CEGEP) system.

Applicants who have followed a combined three-year Science program (example: 200.11, 200.12, etc.), or have followed the joint Science and International Baccalaureate program (200.10) are also eligible providing they are currently enrolled in the final year of the DCS and that they have not extended the length of their program.

Applicants must have undertaken a minimum of six courses (13.33 credits) in each regular semester.

The integrated Arts & Science program (700.A0) is also acceptable, providing the applicants have obtained the necessary competencies listed in The "Basic Science Requirements" section below.

The Faculty accepts applicants from Collège international Marie de France and Collège Stanislas as part of this category under the following conditions:

  • must be a recognized resident of Quebec;
  • must be in the final year (année terminale) of the Séries S;
  • must have attended the institution, at minimum, for 1ere année and année terminale in full;
  • must not have extended the length of their program for reasons of personal choice;
  • must have an R-score along with course attestation (provided by school).

The assessment of an applicant's academic performance for CEGEP-level applicants is based on the overall R-score (cote de rendement au collégial; cote R). As an indicator of a competitive cote de rendement, here are the CRC averages for admitted Dent-P students in the past three years:

  • 2015: 33.60
  • 2014: 34.27
  • 2013: 34.38

Basic Science Requirements

  • Biology 301 NYA (00UK), General Biology II (401) NYB (00XU)
  • Chemistry 101 NYA (00UL), 201 NYB (00UM), Organic Chemistry I (301) DYD (00XV)
  • Mathematics 103 NYA (00UN), 203 NYB (00UP)
  • Physics 101 NYA (00UR), 201 NYB (00US), 301 NYC (00UT)

Students in the 700.A0 program must have completed the Biology objectives of 01Y5 and 01YJ, strictly follow their CEGEP curriculum, and take every opportunity to complete the following: Chemistry: 01YH and Physics: 01YF or 01YG.

Note: Preference is given to those who most closely adhere to the list of prerequisites above. Those admitted into the program who are missing any prerequisites will be asked to complete them during the preparatory year.

Applicants not admissible to the Dent-P program:

  • Applicants who are completing a Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC) in more than two years (with the exception of certain students taking a “double DEC” or those enrolled in an approved Sports Études program);
  • Applicants who have already obtained a Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC) who are registered in an undergraduate degree program or who have completed an undergraduate degree are not eligible.

These students must apply to the four-year D.M.D. program.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2016-2017 (last updated May. 16, 2016) (disclaimer)

Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) - Dentistry (Four-Year Program) (218.5 credits)

Note: The curriculum is under constant revision. Curriculum Outline

For more information, see Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) Dentistry (Four-Year Program) (218.5 credits).

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Dental Preparatory (Dent-P) (30 credits)

The five-year program consists of a Dental Preparatory (Dent-P) year followed by the regular four-year dental program. During the Dent-P year, students are registered in the Faculty of Science and must take courses totalling 30 credits. There are several required courses as well as a number of elective courses selected for the purpose of broadening and enriching...

For more information, see Dental Preparatory (Dent-P) (30 credits).

Faculty of Dentistry—2016-2017 (last updated May. 30, 2016) (disclaimer)