IMPORTANT NOTE: International dental graduates can submit an application to the Degree Completion Program as of August 15th. The application deadline is on September 15th. No application will be accepted after that date.
To apply to the Degree Completion Program you must fulfil the following requirements:
- Be a graduate of a non-accredited dental program
- Be a recognized resident of Quebec, Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
- Must have successfully completed the NDEB Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (minimum required score: 75) (As an indication, the average score of interviewed candidates for entry in January 2020 was 91). Tests taken more than two years prior to the application deadline are usually not considered. However, due to the current situation with the pandemic, we will accept the results from the AFK February 2018 and AFK August 2017.
- Must have completed the CASPer Test. The last possible test date is August 30th, 2020.
- Must demonstrate an adequate level of English proficiency (minimum required scores: TOEFL 90; IELTS (academic version) 6.5). Your official results must be sent electronically by the Test Centre by the deadline. Paper copies will not be accepted.
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 the test or 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 www.takeCASPer.com 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 date accepted before the September 15th application deadline is:
- Test in English (Canadian Professional Health Sciences): Sunday, August 30th, 2020.
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 $12 fee to distribute your results to the institution you select (per program). It will therefore cost you $52 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.
Do I need to complete Snapshot to apply to the Faculty of Dentistry?
We will not be reviewing Snapshot responses this cycle.
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
If you have questions about our admissions process, then please write to
Students enrolled in a graduate program
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 expected to apply only when they have almost completed their program. To be eligible for admission, graduate students applying to the Degree Completion Program must have submitted their written thesis by November 15th of the year they will enter the D.M.D. program (e.g. November 15th, 2019 for entry in Winter 2020). 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 November 15th 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.