You have been admitted into the Doctor of Dental Medicine Program (D.M.D.). You will find below a list of steps you must take in order to smoothly transition into our D.M.D. program:
Accept your offer
Let us know you are coming before the deadline given in your letter of acceptance.
Your official letter of acceptance can be found on Minerva. To consult your letter and verify your deadline, login to your Minerva account (Applicant Menu > Applicant Status) select your application and click on the PDF link next to your decision. This is your official letter of acceptance (you will not receive a hard copy by mail) - you may print copies for your files and you can also use printed copies for your Study Permit and CAQ applications (for international students only).
Current McGill students may encounter difficulties when attempting to accept the offer via Minerva (e.g. if enrolled in a graduate program for example). Please contact the undergrad.dentistry [at] mcgill.ca (Admissions Office) if you are experiencing this problem.
Can I defer my 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 (non-renewable). A deferral request can only be made once you receive an offer of admission. If your request for deferral is granted, the registration deposit will have to be paid and the offer accepted the following 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 including any relevant supporting documentation. You must submit your request no later than July 15th to the Admissions Office.
How should I proceed if I have accepted the offer, but have decided not to attend McGill Dentistry?
If you decide not to attend McGill Dentistry after you have accepted our offer, you must send a message to our Admissions Office to inform us of your decision. Fifty percent (50%) of the deposit fee is refundable up to June 15th for Quebec Residents and Non-Quebec Canadians, and May 15th for International candidates applying to the D.M.D. program.
Send us your official transcripts
If not currently enrolled at McGill University or at a recognized Quebec College (CEGEP) institution, you are responsible for requesting for final official transcripts from all institutions listed on your Minerva account to be sent by the registrar and received by our Admissions Office by July 31st of the year in which you are commencing undergraduate dental education. The degree or diploma upon which admission was offered is to be obtained by July 31 prior to commencing the undergraduate dental education program and academic performance in the degree or diploma program is comparable to the academic performance upon which admission was offered.
Official E-Transcripts can be sent directly by your institution to undergrad.dentistry [at] mcgill.ca. However, if your institution doesn't provide E-Transcripts, official copies should be sent to:
Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences
2001 McGill College Avenue Suite 500
Canada, H3A 1G1
Send your legal documents
Although you have submitted documents to confirm your citizenship or residency status at the time of application, you are required to send Enrolment Services a number of legal documents, which will vary whether you are a Canadian citizen, a Quebec resident or an International student. Sending those documents will ensure that your student legal and tuition fee status are up-to-date.
To learn more on how to proceed, please visit this website: https://www.mcgill.ca/legaldocuments/.
If you have questions concerning the legal documents required by McGill, please visit this website to learn how to reach out to staff members.
The consequence of not providing your documents on time could be that you will be charged higher tuition fees (such as based on an international rate). You can check your legal status in Minerva under: Student Menu>>Student Accounts Menu>>View Tuition and Legal Status.
Apply for CAQ and Student Permit (International students only)
- If you are admitted as an international student, you are required to submit by July 31st of the year in which you are commencing undergraduate dental education, all original immigration papers applicable to the permission of studies in Quebec. To legally study at McGill, students who are not citizens or permanent residents of Canada must obtain:
- Certification d'acceptation du Québec (CAQ) from the Ministère de l'immigration, de la Diversité et de l'inclusion, Québec;
- Study permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. McGill University's CIC unique identifier is O19359011033.
- Immigration officials will need to estimate your McGill attendance costs and will require printed paper copies of:
- Your acceptance letter from the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences (found on your Minerva account);
- Official Supplemental Letter for Immigration Purposes: immigration_supplemental_letter_fall2023.pdf
- The tuition for your McGill program.
Note that a medical exam from a CIC certified physician is required for healthcare students. See: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/medical-police/medical-exams/requirements-temporary-residents.html.
Obtaining a study permit takes considerable time, in some cases up to 6 months. We urge international students to start the immigration process immediately after accepting our offer of admission. Occasionally, admission to McGill may be offered late in the cycle making it difficult to obtain a study permit in time for the start of term. Students encountering such difficulties should notify our office in writing as soon as possible. You will find details on immigration processes at https://www.mcgill.ca/internationalstudents. The International Student Services Office of McGill University offers a Pre-Departure Guide, among other resources for its international students.
LINK ► International Student Services Pre-Arrival Resources
COVID-19 INFORMATION: Important Message for International Student Who Would Like to Enter Canada
- You have been admitted to a program that includes a mandatory practical work component (such as a co-op, placement or stage). Accordingly, if you are not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada and, whether or not you will be paid, you must obtain a “coop work permit” in addition to your study permit. For more information, see the McGill International Student Services website.
- If you are admitted as an international (non-USA) student, you are required to submit by July 31st of the year in which you are commencing undergraduate dental education, a letter or official statement issued by the responsible authority(ies) of your country indicating that they recognize the dental degree awarded by the Faculty and that this degree will enable you to practice dentistry in your country.
Complete your immunization and CPR/AED training
Please consult this document for instructions on how to proceed with the review of your immunization documents ► Immunization Review Process - Instructions
- You are required to complete a series of immunizations to participate in clinical activities. Depending on the immunizations that you have already received, completing McGill immunizations may take up to 6-7 months; sometimes more if an appointment with a specialist is required (for positive TST for example) or if you are missing proof of childhood vaccination. The Immunization Requirements for New Students form is found at https://www.mcgill.ca/wellness-hub/hub-clinical-services/medical-notes-and-immunization-reviews (under the “Immunization Reviews" tab).
- You can submit your documents as soon as you receive an offer of admission. The review process is done on a rolling basis by the Student Wellness Hub. You are required to submit your immunization documents through the Hub's document submission platform by June 1st. You are strongly encouraged to submit your documents as soon as possible, in case there are additional immunizations or tests that you require; some vaccination series must be given over a certain time period.
- All vaccinations listed on the Immunization Requirements for New Students form are compulsory. If you choose to complete your immunizations through your family physician, you must follow the McGill protocol as McGill Student Wellness Hub will not accept different immunization protocols.
- Documents written in a language other than English or French must be accompanied by a certified translation.
You must provide, by July 31st of the year in which you are commencing undergraduate dental education, proof of certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), level C or C+, and automated external defibrillation (AED) training. Certification must be granted, or fully recognised, by one of the following organisations: the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Red Cross, St. John Ambulance, the American Heart Association, or the American Red Cross. Please note that considering the health measures still in place due to the pandemic, we will exceptionally accept the following:
- online recertification courses for students who have an expired acceptable certification;
- blended courses (online + in person).
NOTE ► Your certification must be valid for at least the first year of your studies. Students are responsible for maintaining valid certification for the duration of the program.
Find a place to live
As a dental student, you have two options when it comes to housing:
- On Campus Housing (Residences); or
- Off Campus Housing which refers to none McGill properties or privately owned properties.
Option 1 - On Campus Housing (Residences)
As new incoming dental students, you have to look at Graduate Residences. Please refer to this website for more guidance: https://www.mcgill.ca/students/housing/rez-options/downtown-graduate.
For assistance regarding Residence Admissions, please call 514 398-6368.
For in person drop-ins, please go to:
Graduate Housing Admissions
Student Housing & Dining Service Center
3473 University Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2A8
housing.residences [at] mcgill.ca
Option 2: Off-Campus Housing
We would strongly recommend that you visit this website to find interesting tips including a Good Neighbour Guide. This document provides information about your rights and obligations as a tenant, how to understand your lease, the differences between Montreal boroughs, how to choose a roommate, etc.
Finding housing off-campus: https://www.mcgill.ca/students/housing/offcampus/
Apartment listing: https://www.mcgill.ca/students/housing/offcampus/listings
For assistance, please contact the Off-Campus Housing Office:
Off-Campus Housing Office
Student Housing & DIning Service Center
3473 University Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2A8
offcampus.housing [at] mcgill.ca
Note that most courses during your first 16 months in the program will be at the Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Bldg (corner of University St. and Pine Ave) as well as at the McIntyre Bldg (located on Pine Ave near Peel St.). Once you will be starting your preclinical studies, you will mostly spend your time at our new facility (2001 McGill College Ave).
A few of our “soon to be graduating” 4th-year dental students may sometimes post apartments with leases that are shortly coming to an end. To access this listing, please visit McGill University Dental Students' Society (DSS)’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/243130649206512/
Apply for financial aid and plan your finances
If you are in need of Financial Aid, the first step would be for you to start with Government Funding. To learn more about scholarships and bursaries, we would strongly recommend that you visit McGill Scholarship and Student Aid Office for more guidance or contact them directly. You can also refer to this document for more information.
Apply for the new McCall MacBain Scholarships, a full scholarship and enrichment program for your future master’s or professional studies at McGill University.
Award for Indigenous Undergraduate Student ► McGill OKÒN:RA UNDERGRADUATE AWARD for Indigenous students in full-time studies in any McGill undergraduate degree program, including Dentistry (DMD). An application is required. Please view the requirements and deadlines on the Funding for Indigenous Undergraduate Students page.
Unfortunately, there are no Entrance Bursaries specific to Dentistry. Our Faculty offers a few Entrance Scholarships for which recipients are selected internally. All new students will be considered.
For those applying for Student Aid for next fall, you will need the following information: the number of credits you will be completing in first year is 61 (Fall 23.34 cr., Winter 17.33 cr. and Summer 20.33 cr.).
Tuition fees are based on your residency status. In order to view the current anticipated costs, you can visit the Student Accounts’ website.
See here for more help in planning your finances: https://www.mcgill.ca/accepted/nextsteps/finances.
If you need a letter of enrolment, you can visit this website for more guidance: https://www.mcgill.ca/student-records/proof-reg
Acquire a laptop for your studies in Dentistry
The Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences uses web-based courseware and examinations. Students will be required to be equipped with laptops that meet certain minimum requirements (word processing/office suite software, with compatible web browser (E-Curriculum), approximately 50 GB of free storage and Wi-Fi connection capabilities). It is strongly recommended to have the latest version of Chrome or Firefox, as well as an up-to-date antivirus software. Your personal device will also need to be equipped with the following operating system: Windows 7 or later / MAC OS X 10.8 or later as well as a webcam and audio capability.
Set-up your McGill email
Once you have accepted your offer of admission, you will need to set-up your McGill Username and Password and access your McGill email. Email is one of the official means of communication between McGill University and its students.
Get your McGill ID Card
Once you have registered to at least one course, you can stop by Service Point to get your ID Card. Your student ID card gives you access to essential services on campus such as the library, labs, cafeterias, etc. For more information: https://www.mcgill.ca/student-records/personal-information/id.
Contact a Student Ambassador
You can always get in touch with one of our Student Ambassadors if you are looking for some guidance the first few weeks into the program. You can have access to their profile and email in this section of our website: https://www.mcgill.ca/dentistry/programs/student-ambassadors.
Participate to virtual events with the Student Ambassadors
We will be offering different virtual events over the next months for you to socialize with your new classmates and meet other dental students. You will get to know each other, play some icebreaker games and get answers to any questions about life as a dental student and this exciting journey you are about to embark on!
We encourage you to participate and connect with current dental students to facilitate your transition into the DMD Program.
Learn more about the Dental Students' Society (DSS)
The Dental Students' Society (DSS) represents the interests of students enrolled in the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences of McGill University. To learn more about DSS, you can visit their website and join their Facebook Group.
Learn to be proficient in French
As indicated on the Dentistry Agreement Form that you signed, you will need to acquire a basic knowledge of French by the time you begin the Clinical Practice courses at the start of the third year of the program. If you are looking to improve your French language skills, here are a few suggested options you can start looking into: https://www.mcgill.ca/dentistry/programs/language-proficiency (under ‘Prospective Undergraduate Students Basic Knowledge of French’).
Join the McGill Dentistry French Club (MDFC) to practice conversational French in an informal environment. All levels are welcome to join! The MDFC was started by a group of McGill Dentistry students who wanted to help their peers in learning French, as well as improving access to dental care in francophone regions. The Club's mission is to create a collaborative and conducive environment and resources for dentistry students to learn and improve their clinical French skills relevant to dentistry. MDFC hosts events and shares resources such as a french lexicon, videos, and handouts relating to clinical French in a dental care setting. More information about the club can be found on their Facebook page or by contacting mcgilldentfrenchclub [at] gmail.com.
A few last steps before the start of the program
Complete the online Academic Integrity Tutorial
McGill places a high value on academic integrity in all facets of study. We advise you to learn more about this subject at the Student Rights and Responsibilities website: www.mcgill.ca/students/srr. McGill requires all newly admitted students to complete a short tutorial on academic integrity before the beginning of September. This is accessible under the Student Menu on Minerva.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Failure to complete the Tutorial will result in a registration block for the following term. The block is automatically released the moment the Tutorial is completed in Minerva.
Complete the Mandatory Sexual Violence Education Program
All McGill community members - students, staff, and faculty - are required to complete It Takes All of Us: Creating a Campus Community Free of Sexual Violence, a mandatory online learning program that strives to increase awareness of sexual violence, to ensure that our campus culture is based on respect and consent, and to help create a community free of sexual violence. It consists of five modules that use character-driven scenarios to teach important topics surrounding sexual violence and its impact. All staff, faculty, and students complete the same version of the program.
As part of McGill’s Policy Against Sexual Violence, and in accordance with Quebec Law P-22.1, it is important for anyone who studies or works at McGill to have a shared understanding of the key concepts around preventing sexual violence on our campus. Because of the substantial changes made to the program, all members of the McGill community are required to take this updated version of It Takes All of Us.
The program is hosted on myCourses, McGill’s online Learning Management System. To access the program, log in to myCourses using your McGill credentials (i.e., your email and password). If you don’t see the program, make sure you click “View All Courses” and search “It Takes All of Us.”
IMPORTANT NOTE: The program must be completed by November 17th, 2023. Students who have not completed the program by the applicable deadline will have a hold placed on their account in Minerva, preventing them from registering for their next term; the hold will be removed within 1 business day of completing the program.
Register for courses
Registration is done online and will be from June 7th to August 14th, 2023. Ms Patricia Bassett, our Student Affairs Officer, will send you all the information you will need by early June. There is no need to worry about not getting a seat in a class as the courses are reserved for DMD and MDCM students only. Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the information on the transcript is correct. For assistance, please contact studentaffairs.dentistry [at] mcgill.ca (Ms. Bassett).
Review science key concepts
Science and the scientific method, enacted through the compassionate lens of humanism, form the basis of medical/dental knowledge and practice. Students admitted to our DMD program are strongly recommended to review and understand these key concepts which admitted students are expected to have been exposed to through the course of prior training, general CEGEP and university level courses. This is especially recommended to those who have been out of school for a few years.
► Basic Scientific Principles that all students should know upon entering medical/dental school
Be present at Orientation
All newly admitted students must attend the Orientation and Registration sessions from August 22 to 24 inclusive. Failure to attend any portion of the orientation may result in the cancellation of your registration.
For more details on this event and to consult the schedule, please visit this section of our website.
First/Last Day of Lectures
Fall semester: August 21st to December 8th, 2023 (tentative)
Winter/Summer semester: January 3rd to June 14th, 2024 (tentative)
You will have access to an overview schedule, including your lectures, small group schedule and the list of exam dates, at Orientation.
To learn more about the start and end dates of each year, please visit this section of our website.
A draft of the start and end dates for the first year lectures and exams (FMD only) can be found here: fmd1_schedule_2022-23_class2026_v1-cmtl.pdf