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Basic Science Requirements 





Quebec Resident











November 1



120-credit bachelor's degree (4 years) OR 90-credit bachelor's degree with DEC. The undergraduate program must have been undertaken on a full-time basis.





- Academic History Workbook

- CASper Test Results

- DAT Test Results

- Personal Statement

- CV

- List of verifiers

- Proof of Quebec residency status

- Proof of Proficiency in English (if applicable)



Applicants to our D.M.D. program are required to complete the online assessment test (CASPer) prior to their application deadline. Completion of CASPer is mandatory to maintain admission eligibility.


The Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) is now required for applicants seeking entry into our D.M.D. program.





All applicants must complete the Compulsory Immunization Program prior to being admitted as well as be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) level C or C+ and automated external defibrillation (AED). 







- 2 biology courses

- 2 chemistry courses

- 1 organic chemistry course

- 2 physics courses (1 calculus course could be used towards physics course)



Canadian Resident



120-credit bachelor's degree (4 years). The undergraduate program must have been undertaken on a full-time basis.




  • A full course load (e.g. 15 credits) is very strongly recommended during regular sessions. Summer or other interim sessions are acceptable, however they should not take away from regular sessions. The undergraduate degree must be completed on a full-time basis.
  • If you have reduced your course load during one or two semesters and your status changed to part-time, you will need to provide a letter of explanation and supporting documents (where applicable) as well as claim Extenuating Circumstances on your application. The Admissions Office will determine your eligibility based on the documents provided.
  • After having completed a bachelor's degree that meets our requirements, applicants may be considered on the basis of a second undergraduate degree. A minimum of 45 new consecutive graded credits completed on a full-time basis must be completed by the November 1st application deadline. Completing the degree is not mandatory, but very strongly recommended (except for professional degrees).
  • The Admissions Office does not consider degrees without a marking or grading system; narrative transcripts are not accepted.


Basic Science Requirements 

IMPORTANT: Please note that the Basic Science Prerequisite Policy was recently reviewed and the 8-year expiry date has been removed.

Candidates applying to our D.M.D. program who have completed the basic science prerequisites more than eight years ago have the option of refreshing their knowledge by self-studying before entering the program and are not obligated to repeat the expired courses. Please refer to this document and this website for more guidance.

Grades from the science prerequisites will be considered in the selection process. Any of the prerequisites completed during the undergraduates studies (basis of admission degree) will contribute to the overall GPA. All the grades from the science prerequisites will count as 30% of the final ranking at the interview stage. For more information on our selection process, please visit this section of our website.

Applicants are required to have completed (with official grades submitted) all of the basic science prerequisite coursework at Cegep or university level by January 15th of the year they will be starting dental school. The Admissions Office expects you to have no more than 2 outstanding basic science courses by the application deadline (Nov. 1).





- a minimum six (6) credits of introductory biology coursework with labs


- a minimum six (6) credits of general (or physical) chemistry coursework with labs


- a minimum three (3) credits of organic chemistry coursework with labs


- a minimum six (6) credits of introductory physics coursework with labs (3 credits in Calculus could also count towards half of the required credits in Physics)



  • grades of "Pass/Fail" (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) or of similar schema are not acceptable in coursework; numerical or letter-class grades are required. Academic performance within these course will be considered;
  • If you have completed all seven basic science courses (listed in the table above), and wish to improve your science GPA, you may choose to complete the following four recommended university-level science courses: mammalian physiology, organic chemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology & metabolism.
  • Candidates applying to the DMD program who have completed the seven required prerequisite courses and who have also completed introductory level university courses in molecular biology, cell biology, mammalian physiology and organic chemistry will be evaluated on whichever of the two is the most favourable to the candidate.
  • Acceptable alternatives include: Advanced Levels (UK System), IBO Courses (Higher Level), French Baccalaureate année Terminale, Série S courses, AP results (CollegeBoard, Inc.). Official test results should be sent from the examination board directly to our Admissions Office.
  • Distance or correspondence education courses will be considered by the Admissions Office.

Special Notes

  • Some courses from other universities have been evaluated to have a McGill equivalent. Applicants can use the Math & Science Equivalence Table to see if their course has been evaluated. For description of McGill courses mentioned in the table, you can use this course listing.
  • Concordia University offers several entry-level biology courses, not all of which include laboratory work. Many successful applicants who have taken Biology at Concordia have taken the following: (1) BIOL 201, and either (2a) BIOL 225 with BIOL 227, or (2b) BIOL 226 with BIOL 227. It is recommended that you speak with your academic adviser for proper course planning.
  • University of Ottawa’s General Chemistry course covers most of the required material. However, a second chemistry course is required. Many successful applicants have taken a course in physical chemistry, biochemistry or inorganic chemistry
  • If registered in the B.H.Sc.(H) program at McMaster, the courses HTH SCI 1I06, along with 2F03 and 2FF3, are considered as fulfilling the biology requirement.
  • It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required course and laboratory work is/will be fulfilled.


The CASPer Test - Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics

All applicants to the Undergraduate Dental Programs at McGill University are required to complete an online assessment (CASPerTM) test prior to their application deadline. Completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility.

CASPer assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.

In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, equipped with a webcam and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere that you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer online due to being located at sites where internet is not dependable due to technical or political factors.

The CASPer test is comprised of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure ( and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. You can also watch this short video to learn more about this test and consult the CASPer Blog.

CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.

Please go to to sign up and reserve a test using a piece of government-issued photo ID. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test. There will be no additional tests scheduled.

The last possible test dates accepted before the November 1st application deadline are:

  • Test in English (Canadian Professional Health Sciences): October 20th, 2019
  • Test in French (Sciences de la santé - Niveau 2 - CSP20206F): to be published by August 2019

Register for CASPer at least 3 days before your preferred test date to allow your identification and payment to be processed.

Please note that the test can only be taken once per admission cycle.

How will the CASPer Test results be used in the assessment of my application?

For more information on our selection process, please visit this section of our website.

How much will it cost to take the CASPer Test?

The CASPer fees consist of two components: a fee of $40 to take the test and a $10 fee to distribute your results to the institution you select (per program). It will therefore cost you $50 to take the CASPer test in support of your application to the Undergraduate Dental Program at McGill.

Do I need to have a McGill ID to take the CASPer Test?

You do not require a McGill ID to take the CASPer Test.

Can I have access to my CASPer Test results?

The results to the CASPer Test are never disclosed to applicants.

Can I complete the CASPer Test in French or English?

Yes. The CASPer Test can be completed in either French or English.

Who do I need to contact if I have more questions?

If your questions are related to the CASPer Test, you can send a message to support [at]

If you have questions about our admissions process, then please write to undergrad.dentistry [at]


The Dental Aptitude Test

The Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) is required for applicants seeking admissions into our D.M.D. program. The DAT must be completed no later than November of the application year (e.g. November 2019 for entry in fall 2020). The test scores will be considered valid up to 5 years from the date the exam was taken.


Only the following two components of the DAT are used in the assessment of an application:

  1. Perceptual Ability Test - minimum required score of 15 out of 30
  2. Manual Dexterity Test - minimum required score of 5 out of 30


Those are minimum scores to be met in order to be considered for admission into our DMD program. The DAT scores will not be used in determining an applicant's ranking.

For applicants who have written the DAT more than once, we will be using the latest test scores. The DAT can be completed in either French or English.

The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) offers the DAT twice per year, in November and February. Registration must be done by September 15th for the November test and January 15th for the February Test. We strongly recommend that you confirm these dates with the CDA. It is the candidate's responsibility to request for the DAT results to be sent to McGill University by the CDA when submitting an application to our DMD program.

Please note that results from the American DAT will be accepted for international candidates only.

Applicants who completed a degree in dentistry (e.g. BDS, DMD, DDS) are exempted from taking the DAT. This exemption does not apply to applicants who partially completed studies in dentistry.


Students enrolled in a graduate program

Grades from graduate studies are not included in the GPA calculation. Post-bachelor’s degree education is recognised when reviewing the academic context ( as well as when assessing the candidate’s curriculum vitae and personal statement.

Students enrolled in the D.M.D. program are not allowed to be registered simultaneously in any other program of study. Thus, students currently enrolled in graduate programs are normally expected to apply only when they are in the final year of that program. To be eligible for admission, graduate students must have submitted their written thesis by July 31st of the year they will enter the D.M.D. program (e.g. July 31st, 2019 for entry in fall 2019). Written confirmation of thesis submission must be provided by the Thesis Office (or equivalent) of the university where the student is registered for graduate studies by July 31st of the year candidates enter the DMD program. Failure to provide this confirmation of thesis submission by the aforementioned deadline will result in the candidate’s offer being withdrawn.

Within 10 business days following acceptance of the offer of admission to the D.M.D. program, applicants must send a letter from their graduate supervisor to the Admissions Office stating their progress and anticipated completion in the program. The Admission Committee will then decide the suitability of the applicants, and upon request, may defer admission into the D.M.D. program for a period of one year (


Student transfers between the Faculties of Dentistry and Medicine

Medical and Dental students are NOT permitted to directly transfer from one Faculty to the other. If an enrolled McGill dental student wishes to change programs from the D.M.D. to the M.D.,C.M. program, he/she must submit a formal application to the first year of the M.D.,C.M. program. The dental student would go through the regular selection process.

The Dent-P program does not accept students via inter- or intra-faculty transfer; this includes students enrolled in the Med-P program.