Selection Process

IMPORTANT NOTE: As of August 2022, a change of policy will give priority to candidates who are residents of Quebec. However, Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada will still be considered if enough space is available in our program.

Selection Process

The selection of applicants is based on ADAT results, curriculum vitae (CV), CASPer Test and interviews. We consider human and social skills as important as academic performance in the selection of our students. Applicants must meet a minimum score in these two indicators to move forward in the process. The files of candidates who are not invited for interviews are not considered further.

Note: Some universities and colleges have legacy programs which give special admission consideration to relatives of graduates; McGill University does not have a legacy admission program. Admission to the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences is based solely on academic and competency-based criteria. Letters of support from alumni, friends and family do not advantage (or disadvantage) an application.

Being selected for an interview

A preliminary assessment will determine the candidates that will be invited for an interview. The preliminary assessment is based on academic performance (ADAT score) (70%) and non-academic criteria assessed through the online CASPer Test (20%) and Curriculum Vitae (10%).

Multiple Mini Interviews

Applicants invited for an interview will be interviewed using the multiple mini-interview (MMI) format. MMIs consist of multiple stations that can be task-oriented, simulation- or scenario-oriented or discussion-oriented.

The interviews will be held virtually on Zoom. It is your responsibility to be available for and to attend the interview time for which you have been scheduled. No repeat interview sessions or special accommodations will be arranged. A candidate who does not attend may have his or her application cancelled.

For more information on the MMIs, you can refer to McGill Career Planning Service’s website.

► The virtual interviews will take place on Wednesday, October 11th, 2023 in the AM.


Final Selection

Following the MMI, the final ranking list for applicants to the DMD Advanced Standing for Foreign Trained Dentists Pathway is based 100% on the MMI score.


2023 Admission Statistics 

The table below shows the number of applications received by the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences for the DMD Advanced Standing for Foreign Trained Dentists Pathway, the number of candidates interviewed and the average ADAT score.



Applicant Category

Number of Applications

Number of Applicants Interviewed

Number of Applicants Admitted

Graduates of non-accredited dental programs




Average ADAT score: 550

Average ADAT score: 592

Average ADAT score: 604


Special Notes:

  • MMIs are scheduled for a half day and the date CANNOT be changed. It is the applicant’s responsibility to be available for the scheduled interview and to plan accordingly. If an applicant is not present for his/her interview for any reason (justified or not), their file will no longer be considered.
  • Please note that our selection process may be subject to review and change by the Admissions Committee at any time without notice.
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