Applicant Selection Criteria

Application Selection Criteria


Education/Academic Record

  • Official dental school transcript, grade point average, and class rank
  • Unofficial transcripts from each college or university attended
  • Undergraduate academic degree awarded
  • Postgraduate degree awarded such as MS or PhD
  • Official NBDE result (US-trained applicants)
  • Official TOEFL result (International applicants)
  • *Minimum score of 100 for the internet-based TOEFL



  • Honors or scholastic distinctions
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Involvement in professional societies
  • Authored research abstract
  • Poster presentation at a scientific meeting
  • Authored or co-authored manuscript in a scientific journal


Clinical/Laboratory Experience

  • Completion of a General Practice Residency
  • Completion of an Advanced Education in General Dentistry
  • Private practice experience
  • Clinical teaching experience at a dental school
  • Prosthodontics laboratory experience


Professional Evaluation Forms

  • Three Professional Evaluation Forms (PEF) to be completed by faculty or mentors that attest to your personal and professional qualifications.


Personal Statement

  • Personal statement of up to 650 words or 5200 characters describing your immediate and long-range professional goals, why you are interested in specializing in prosthodontics, and why you are interested in the University of Minnesota.


Interview/Laboratory Exercise

  • The interview will include an exchange of questions and answers regarding the candidate’s motivation/passion/potential for pursuing specialty training in prosthodontics, a review of the curriculum and program’s goals and objectives, a tour of the facilities, observation of clinical activities, participation in a treatment planning seminar, and conversation with the residents independently.
  • A wax carving exercise is required for all interview candidates


While all of the above listed criteria are important, education/academic record and the interview portion of the process are more heavily weighted. During the interview, an applicant’s poise, sincerity, ability to relate to and work with others, responsiveness to questions, the applicant’s knowledge about prosthodontics and his/her manual dexterity, will be evaluated.


Acceptance Policies and Procedures

The Advanced Education Program in Prosthodontics accepts three residents into the program per year and is accredited for nine residents overall. Application materials must be uploaded and completed into the ADEA PASS portal by September 15 in the year prior to the program start date. After review of the candidate’s application materials, selected candidates will be contacted by the Program Director to schedule a date for an interview. Interviews are usually held on Mondays during the months of September and October. Taking into account the applicant selection criteria and input obtained by the program director, faculty, and residents, candidates will be ranked and offered a position through the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program.