School of Dentistry


University of Minnesota Program for Advanced Standing Students

Application Process

Application Process / Requirements


The University of Minnesota shall not be held liable for delays caused by the U.S. Postal Service or any courier service. It is advisable to mail your completed application package by courier service as early as possible (see FAQ #41). We will notify all applicants that we have received the application within 48-72 hours. Any application or parts of an application received past the above date will NOT automatically be entered as an application for the following year. Incomplete and/or late applications will not be reviewed. No new or additional information will be accepted after the application has been received.  Application material will not be returned.

An interview is mandatory if an applicant is invited. However, to be invited for an interview does not guarantee acceptance to the program. The daylong interview includes, but is not limited to, presentations, tours of the school, an advanced simulation skills assessment, and two or three personal interviews with faculty members. University of Minnesota School of Dentistry does NOT request a traditional bench test for PASS program admissions. The University financial information is distributed during the interview day.

Application requirements for the program


  • 1. Official transcripts from previous dental education / Marksheets and Certificate of Internship, if applicable

    Copies of both official transcripts and mark sheets including all courses and grades, and if applicable, results of annual qualifying examinations. If an applicant does not have a transcript and/or mark sheets in their possession, they are urged to contact their school of graduation. Please note most schools worldwide do not issue mark sheets. However, most Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi schools issue copies of mark sheets upon request. Non-English documents must be translated. An authorized translator must complete and verify the translations. Copies of both original documents and translations must be submitted with the application.

    All originals must be brought in the event of an interview and examined for authenticity.

    The dental education must have been a minimum of 122.5 credit hours according to E.C.E.’s evaluation. In addition to a four-year dental school education, a twelve month internship must have been completed. A mandatory one-year commitment after graduation working for the home country government in a dental clinic, hospital, or in a one-year GPR program is also an acceptable qualification. NOTE: E.C.E. credit hours of 122.5 to 125 MUST submit NDB Part II to meet our admission requirement. Credit hours 126 and above do not need NDB Part II.

  • 2. E.C.E transcript evaluation

    A copy, or an E.C.E. duplicate of the course-by-course evaluation report.

    The documentation must be submitted with the application. We will not accept documentation submitted directly by the E.C.E. (see FAQ #3)

    Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
    PO Box 514070
    Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 USA
    Telephone: (414) 289-3400

  • 3. Copies of official diploma/graduation certificate from an international dental school, and higher education schooling in the U.S. (if applicable).

    Copy of final dental degree certificate or diploma. We do not accept temporary/provisional diplomas.

    If applicable, a copy of twelve month internship certificate must also be submitted.

    Diplomas in any other language than English must be translated by an official translator into English. We do not accept temporary or provisional graduation diplomas.

    Copies of diplomas and transcripts from any degree granted in the US (if applicable).

  • 4. Copy of National Dental Board Part I examination

    Part I of the NDB must be taken in the US or where offered. 

    It should be taken either as a written test or as a computerized test and within the past 10 years from the deadline of the application period (See FAQ #12). Please note that it is no longer possible to retake the NDB PI examination if a passing grade of 75 or above was received at an earlier attempt (see FAQ #9). Duplicates or un-notarized copies are accepted. Copies should be included in the application package. We will disregard documentation submitted directly by ADA. For further information about dates and sites, and registration materials contact:

    The Joint Commission on Dental Examinations
    211 E. Chicago Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Telephone: (312) 440-2500

    Part II of the NDB must be taken in the US or where offered if your E.C.E. credit hours are between 122.5 and 125. This does not apply to E.C.E. credit hours of 126 and above.

  • 5. Copy of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination

    A TOEFL test is required for all applicants. The test must have been completed within the past 3 years from the deadline of the application period, and the Internet based test (iBT) is mandatory. Originals or copies are accepted. The computer generated result that you may receive before the printed version is acceptable. Copies of TOEFL results must include both the front and backside of the form. We will disregard documentation submitted directly by the testing organization.

    The iBT average score must be 94 or above and with a score of 20 or above in each of the four evaluations (see FAQ #12).

    For further information and registration materials, contact:

    P.O. Box 6155
    Princeton, NJ 08541-6155
    Telephone: (609) 921-9000.
    The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry’s TOEFL Institution Code is 6874.

  • 6. Curriculum Vitae or Resume

    Please include curriculum vitae or resume.

  • 7. Personal Statement

    Please include personal statement.

  • 8. Application fee

    An application fee of $145.00 must accompany the application. Make cashier's check or money order payable to University of Minnesota. The applicant’s name MUST be on the check or money order (see FAQ #29). Please note, personal checks are not accepted.

  • 9. Passport photo

    Include a passport-size photograph of yourself with your application. Then paste in designated box on page 4 of the application.

    Applications should be typed or legibly printed in black ink (regular ball point pen). The application documentation must be submitted as a complete package. Please do not submit documents in separate plastic file folders. Use a full-size envelope, do not fold the application forms.

    The process is rigorous and time consuming. All applicants will receive an email within 48-72 hours after we have received your application excluding weekends. Expect 6-8 weeks before you hear from us again (see FAQ #19).

Missing materials

We will do our best to notify you about missing material. However always double-check your application before sending it. Use the supplied check-off sheet found at the end of the application form. We cannot guarantee that you will be notified if something is missing.

American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and CAAPID

ADEA introduced a centralized application system called CAAPID (Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists) in 2009.

At the present time, the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry is NOT participating in CAAPID. (See FAQ# 2).

For additional information see application materials.

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