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Foreign Trained Dentists and Transfer applicants

Space availability for January 2015: possibility of 3 to 5 seats

Advanced Standing and Transfer positions may be considered if space is available. The deadline to apply is October 1st, but please note that the online application will ONLY be available by September 1st.

All required documents need to be received by the deadline of October 1st (including official or certified copies of your transcripts).

Please note the following:

► When asked what you are applying for at McGill, you should select 'Undergraduate/Professional' as the Application Type and 'Fall 2014' as the term - even if as Advanced Standing or Transfer applicants, you would enter in Winter 2014. Classes officially start at the beginning of December.

► The status of your application can be tracked by logging into Minerva (Applicant menu) using your McGill ID number. It is strongly recommended that applicants check their application status on a regular basis, e.g. once a week, as there may be updates or additional requests required as part of the dossier review.

► Candidates interested in applying to both our Advanced Standing program and DMD program will have to submit two separate applications. For your 'Advanced Standing' application, you need to make sure to answer 'YES' when asked if you wish to be considered for advanced standing in the online application.

► All advanced-standing and transfer students must complete the Compulsory Immunization Program prior to being permitted to treat patients. Advanced-standing and transfer students will be expected to purchase a complete McGill Instrument Kit prior to beginning into the DMD Program.

Transfer Students

Students who are presently enrolled in a dental school in Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand or Ireland may be considered for entry into the second year of the D.M.D. program.


  • The applicant must have completed at least 2 years of a 4-year D.M.D./D.D.S. program or 3 years of a 5-year program by the application deadline;
  • The applicant must be highly ranked in their current program.

Please refer to the application procedures for more information and instructions regarding supporting documents you must submit when applying to our program. Please be advised that the program is under review and may not be offered next year.

Applicants with degrees from non-accredited programs

Applicants who have completed a dental degree at a non-Canadian or non-American university and are Quebec resi­dents may apply for advanced standing.


  • Must be a recognized resident of Quebec 
  • Must sucessfully have completed the NDEB Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (minimum required score: 75 - as an indication, the average score of interviewed candidates for entry in January 2014 was 82).
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in English if the language of instruction was not English (minimum required scores: TOEFL 90; IELTS 6.5). Your official results must be sent directly by the Board by the deadline.

Please refer to the application procedures for more information and instructions regarding other supporting documents you must submit when applying to our program. 

Successful applicants may be placed into the second half of the second-year class depending on space availability and the needs of the program.

McGill University does not offer a qualifying program. After completion of the undergraduate program, advanced-standing students will receive a DMD degree.

Please note that foreign trained dentists interested in applying to our 4-year undergraduate dental program and start in first year can now do so. For more information about application procedures, deadline and required documents, please visit this section of our website. Candidates interested in applying to our 4-yr program need to make sure their science basic courses were completed less than eight (8) years ago, otherwise those courses will need to be repeated. Please refer to this section of our website for more information about required courses.

Foreign trained dentists who wish to practice in Québec can also consult with the Ordre des dentistes du Québec.

Accreditation Resources:

NDEB Equivalency Process
80 Elgin Street, 2nd Floor
Ottawa ON Canada K1P 6R2
(613) 236-8386

Admission to our DMD and DENT-P programs is now closed. The next admission cycle will start September 1st for entry in fall 2015.