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Overview

Applications for admission to the Faculty of Dentistry are made online.

All documents, including transcripts, must be submitted by the deadlines. The online application fee is $102.20 which is payable by credit card when submitting your application on the web. The results of all prerequisite courses must be submitted to this Faculty prior to July 31st for August registration.

Selection Process

The selection of applicants is based on transcripts, personal statement, résumé and interviews. The Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) not being a requirement anymore, DAT scores will not be considered.

Accepting an offer

Successful applicants must respond within two weeks to the offer of a place in the entering class.

For students accepted into the four-year program, notification of acceptance of the offer must be accompanied by a deposit of $500 which will be applied against tuition. Fifty percent (50%) of the deposit fee is refundable up to June 15th for out-of-province and Québec residents applying to the D.M.D. program.

For students accepted into the Dent-P program, notification of acceptance of the offer must be accompanied by a deposit of $400 which will be applied against tuition. Fifty percent (50%) of the deposit fee is refundable up to July 15th.

Deferred admission

Admission into the first year of our DMD 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 your request for deferral is granted, your registration deposit will be transferred to the deferred term.

You must submit your request in writing and address it to our Chair of Admissions. This letter of a maximum of two pages should set out the reason(s) for the request. You must submit your request no later than July 15th. Deferral admission is not granted for the DENT-P and Advanced Standing programs.

Extenuating Circumstances

If you have experienced any serious medical or personal difficulty(ies) that had a significant impact on your academic performance, you may claim 'Extenuating Circumstances (EXTC)' in your application.

You will need to provide a 500-word letter explaining, from you point of view, the situation that was outside of your control which you feel might have an impact on your candidacy (please reference any supporting documentation where applicable). The letter should also provide information such as: when, specifically, this situation occurred (start date - end date); how has this affected you and your candidacy; and what you would like the Admissions Committee to take into consideration when reviewing your application.

You must also provide any supporting documentation such as medical notes, accident reports, etc. to support your case.

Your letter and supporting documents must be submitted in one PDF file and uploaded via Minerva to the appropriate checklist item.

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Deadlines

  • October 1st - Deadline to submit the online application to the Degree Completion program (Advanced Standing);
  • October 2nd - Deadline to submit all required documents for the Degree Completion program (Advanced Standing);
  • November 1st - Deadline to submit the online application to the 4-year DMD program;
  • November 15th - Deadline to submit all required documents for the 4-year DMD program (transcripts, workbook, personal statement and CV).
  • March 1st - Deadline to submit the online application to the 5-year DENT-P program;
  • March 3rd - Deadline to submit all required documents for the 5-year DENT-P program.

Supporting documentation should be provided as soon as it is available and no later than the deadline date. McGill reserves the right to return or cancel without advance notice any late, incomplete or unpaid applications. Late applications, if accepted, are not eligible to be considered for entrance scholarships.

Interview dates for entry in fall 2014

  • October 24th, 2014 for applicants to our Degree Completion Program (Advanced Standing)
  • End of February 2015 for non-Quebec residents applying to the 4-year program
  • End of February 2015 for residents of Quebec applying to the 4-year program
  • End of April 2015 for residents of Quebec applying to the 5-year program

Candidates to our DMD program invited for an interview should receive an email early February. Cegep applicants should receive their invitation for an interview by the end of March at the latest.

Selection process

Selection of students by the Admissions Committee is based upon academic achievement at the time of application and an assessment of personal characteristics and accomplishments.

Academic achievement is determined from the academic record in undergraduate studies. While completed graduate degrees are taken into consideration, applicants should know that the undergraduate CGPA is the major consideration in measuring academic performance. As an indicator of the GPA that is competitive, here are the average GPAs for admitted dental students in the past three years: 2014: 3.81; 2013: 3.78; 2012:3.71.

The assessment of an applicant's academic performance for Cegep-level applicants is based on the overall R score (cote de rendement au collégial). As an indicator of the cote de rendement that is competitive, here are the CRC averages for admitted Dental Preparatory students in the past three years: 2014: 34.57; 2013: 34.38; 2012: 34.74.

The initial assessment of personal qualities and achievements is made from a study of the personal statement and the résumé submitted by all candidates. The personal statement should give the committee a clear image of the applicant and the personal characteristics and experiences which make him/her particularly suitable for the study of dentistry at McGill University.

The assessment of the personal statement and the résumé form the basis for a decision on whether an applicant possessing the academic performance criteria is to be invited for an interview. The files of candidates who are not invited for interviews are not considered further.

Once the interviews have been completed all the components of the application process – GPA's for applicants to the D.M.D. program, Cote-R for applicants to the Dent-P program, scores assigned to the personal statement, the résumé, the reference letters and interview performance – are aggregated. Places in the entering class are offered to those whose assembled scores are the most competitive.

The decisions described above are final and once made are not subject to appeal. We do not provide feedback to candidates about their interview and we strongly discourage them to send thank you notes.

Candidates applying for the four-year program will be notified as soon as possible after March 31st whether they have been accepted, placed on the waiting list, or not accepted. Acceptance is conditional upon receipt of a Bachelor's degree. Offers of admission to our Dent-P Program should be made by the end of April.

Successful applicants must respond within two weeks to the offer of a place in the entering class. We keep our waitlist active as long as feasible, often right until the beginnin of classes. Please note that we do not release waitlist ranking information.

For students accepted into the four-year program notification of acceptance of the offer must be accompanied by a deposit of $500 which will be applied against tuition. Fifty percent (50%) of the deposit fee is refundable up to June 15th for out-of-province and Québec residents applying to the D.M.D. program.

For students accepted into the Dent-P program notification of acceptance of the offer must be accompanied by a deposit of $300 which will be applied against tuition. Fifty percent (50%) of the deposit fee is refundable up to July 15th.

Required documents


NOTE TO APPLICANTS: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR THE 2014-2015 ADMISSIONS CYCLE (ENTRY IN FALL 2015) ARE CURRENTLY BEING REVIEWED. REFERENCE LETTERS WILL NOT BE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY IN FALL 2015


Applicants are required to use the document upload feature on Minerva to ensure their documents are added to their file. Do NOT mail or fax a copy of the documents that you have already uploaded to your application—doing so will slow down the review of your application.

Official copies of transcripts can be sent to:

McGill University
Faculty of Dentistry
Admissions Office

2001 McGill College Avenue
Suite 500
Montreal, Quebec
Canada, H3A 1G1

International Dental Graduates applying to our Degree Completion Program should refer to this section of our website.


  1. Transcripts of all previous university education

    Applicants must upload a copy of their unofficial transcripts via their Minerva account. These transcripts will be used for the preliminary review of their application. If offered admission, at that time, students must make arrangements with their college and/or university to send official transcripts to McGill. Please note that unofficial copies of transcripts must include the following information: name of the University, name and type of program, student's name, grades and credits as well as semesters.

    Important: Our Admissions Office reserves the right to require official academic records at any time during the admissions process, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between unofficial and official record(s) are found. Official transcripts sent to McGill University become the property of the University and will not be returned or forwarded to other institutions.

    Quebec CEGEP students and current and former McGill University students are not required to send transcripts by mail. McGill's admitting office obtains these directly.

  2. Aggregated Academic History Workbook (not required for DENT-P)

    Please download the workbook provided below and complete it with your academic history, including your course history. A guide has been provided (see below) to help you in completing this workbook. Table 2 of the workbook is to contain your entire history of higher-learning (e.g. post-secondary, undergraduate, graduate, etc.). This includes advanced secondary programs such as APs from CollegeBoard, the International Baccalaureate from IBO, CEGEP programs, and the like. Table 3 need not contain graduate course history.

    WORKBOOK: Please note that an updated version of the workbook will be posted by September 1st.

    The workbook was created in Microsoft Excel 2007, with validation protocols included, and its tables are compatible with most current spreadsheet software (see guide for alternatives). When filling out the 'Apply_Program' and 'Apply_Category' sections in Table 1, do not use the drop down menus. Simply type in the appropriate information as explained on pages 7-8 of the guide.

    When completing Table 3, please make sure to use the dropdown menus to fill in the cells instead of typing in or pasting the information.

    GUIDE: mcgill_dentistry_ddsr_data_entry_guide_en_v3-0-r02.pdf

    This guide includes how to convert grades into McGill-compatible grade points (see page 24). If your institution uses a different grading system, you can consult the resources presented in the guide.

    Please make sure to rename the file by replacing "mcgill" with your McGill ID number and "dentistry" with your name (for example: 260999876_BROWN_Jason_workbook_v3-0.xlsx). When ready, please submit your workbook to undergrad [dot] dentistry [at] mcgill [dot] ca with the subject line 'DDSR SUBMISSION'. Also include your name and McGill ID number in the body of the message. Please allow up to 10 business days for your document to show as received on your application checklist.

  3. Personal Statement

    The Admissions Committee makes its initial assessment of your personal qualities and achievements from your personal statement. This essay should enable the Admissions Committee to develop a fuller understanding of you, as an applicant, and the personal characteristics and experiences which make you particularly suitable for the study of dentistry at McGill University.

    The personal statement assists the Admissions Committee in its appraisal of an applicant's suitability for our dentistry program. Candidates are invited to discuss any information about themselves that might assist the Committee in this task.

    The personal statement form can be completed in English or in French. Do not exceed the space limitations and change the font size.

    FORM ► dentistry_personal_statement_july2014.docx

    You will need to convert your document to a PDF standard format before uploading it on your Minerva account (under the 'Applicant' menu).

  4. Curriculum Vitae

    Please note that a new CV template will be available by September 1st.

  5. Proof of Proficiency in English

    To determine if you need to provide proof of proficiency in English, please visit this section of our website. Your test results must be reported directly to the Admissions Office by the test centre; consequently, candidates' copies of results will not be accepted as proof of English language proficiency. It is your responsibility to ensure that the official test results in an official format are forwarded directly by the testing service to our Admissions Office (see coordinates at the top of the page)

Please note that all documents submitted to McGill University in support of an application to be admitted, including, but not limited to transcripts, diplomas and test scores (in paper or electronic format), become the property of McGill University and will not be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another institution.

Online application

Fall 2014 admission is now closed. The next admission cycle will start September 1st for entry in fall 2015.

Important information when starting your application:

  1. Our DMD program is found under the application type of 'Undergraduate/Professional' (do not select Postgrad Med/Dent Education as this is for post-doctoral studies);
  2. When asked about your educational background, you should select the highest level of education you have or will have achieved prior to starting your program of choice. For example, if you are in the final year of your Bachelor's degree, select Bachelor's Degree / Equivalent as this is your anticipated level of education (by the time you are admitted, should you be admitted).

The on-line application fee is $102.20 which is non-refundable and payable by credit card when submitting your application on the web.

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Supporting documents

The following documents must be submitted in addition to the online application:

  1. Transcripts of all previous university education
  2. (CEGEP students: remember to include your Permanent Code Number with your application)
  3. Aggregated Academic History Workbook (not required for DENT-P applicants)
  4. Personal statement
  5. Résumé
  6. Proof of proficiency in English (if applicable to your situation)

Please refer to the "Required documents" section of this website for more information and instructions regarding those documents. Be sure to include your name and McGill ID number with each submission. ID numbers are usually returned to you by email after 24 to 48 hours of your application submission.

Applicants to our DMD and DENT-P programs must UPLOAD supporting documents via Minerva. Please read the guidlines before using this new service. 

Do NOT mail or fax a copy of the documents that you have already uploaded to your application—doing so will slow down the review of your application.

Quick guide to applying online

Application status

Applicants must use the document upload feature on Minerva to ensure their documents are added to their file almost immediately. 

A notice acknowledging receipt of your application will be sent by e-mail upon the successful completion of the on-line application forms (including payment). Your acknowledgement notice will provide you with your McGill ID number as well as a PIN that you can use to log on to the Minerva web site.

At this web site, you will be able to check the status of your application, as we receive and record your supporting documents. You will be able to verify which documents (if any) are still missing. Please remember that you are responsible for ensuring that your application is complete. You should make arrangements to provide all the outstanding documents by the applicable deadlines.

Track your application and accept your offer to McGill

  • Log in on the Minerva website with the official McGill ID and PIN provided in the acknowledgement notice from McGill via email and traditional post.
  • Click on Applicants.
  • To view the status of your application, select the link under Admissions Term on the Application Summary form.
    The system confirms the receipt of your supporting documents, your acceptance to McGill, and your residence status (where applicable).
  • To accept or decline your offer to McGill, click on the Accept link on the Application Summary form.
  • Log out.
To expedite the admissions process, the Admissions Office requires the McGill ID number and the name in all communications pertaining to application files. Please note that during peak periods, there may be a delay between the receipt of a document and the date on which it is recorded in our information system. On your checklist, the date posted as ‘Received’ is the date of entry into the system and does not necessarily reflect the date of receipt.

Candidates applying for the four-year program will be notified as soon as possible after March 31st whether they have been accepted, placed on the waiting list, or not accepted. Acceptance is conditional upon receipt of a Bachelor's degree. Offer of admission to our DENT-P program should be made by the end of April.

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

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