Degree Completion Program

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Degree Completion Program – International Dental Graduates

International Dental Graduates

The Degree Completion Program is intended for graduates of international dental programs that are not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC). Internationally trained dentists that would like to complete their Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree should apply for this program.

The Degree Completion Program length is 2.5 years and successful candidates will be awarded a D.M.D. degree. Students accepted into the Degree Completion Program are placed in the second half of the second year of the four-year D.M.D. program.

The number of positions available for the Degree Completion Program varies every year depending on the space available. Successful candidates will begin the program in early December. Dentists who graduated from a non-accredited dental program interested in getting licensed to practise in Canada can complete the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) Equivalency Process. The Equivalency Process is comprised of three assessments. Successful completion of the assessments allows individuals to apply to take the NDEB written and OSCE examinations. Detailed information on the NDEB Equivalency Process is available at

Graduates of non-accredited dental programs who wish to practice in Quebec should also consult with the Ordre des dentistes du Québec. Applicants who are graduates of a non-accredited dental program and are Quebec residents may apply to the Faculty of Dentistry's Degree Completion Program for entry into the second year of the D.M.D. program. They will be required to successfully complete the NDEB Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK) prior to submitting an application (minimum required score of 75); must have successfully completed the CASPer test (further information available at; and must demonstrate proficiency in English (minimum scores: TOEFL [iBT] 90; IELTS 6.5). Candidates selected for Degree Completion positions are placed in the second half of the second year of the four-year D.M.D. program. International Dental Graduates join students accepted into the four-year D.M.D. program and complete the last 2.5 years of the program with them. They receive a D.M.D. degree from McGill University following completion of the program. The number of Degree Completion positions available every year varies depending on space and the needs of the program.


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
  • Have successfully completed the NDEB Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (minimum required score: 75). Tests taken more than two years prior to the application deadline will not be considered.
  • Have successfully completed the CASPer test by the required deadline. Please refer to for more information.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in English if the language of instruction was not English (minimum required scores: TOEFL [iBT] 90; IELTS [academic version] 6.5). Your official results must be sent directly by the Board by the deadline.

As an indicator of competitive AFK scores, here are the average AFK scores for interviewed candidates in the past two years:

  • 2017: 83
  • 2016: 87

All candidates applying to our Degree Completion Program must complete the Compulsory Immunization Program prior to being permitted to treat patients.

Applications to the Degree Completion Program must be submitted by October 1. More information on this program is available at

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 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 November 15 of the year they will enter the D.M.D. program (ex.:, November 15, 2017 for entry in Winter 2017). 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 15 of the year candidates enter the D.M.D. program. Failure to provide this confirmation of thesis submission by the aforementioned deadline will result in the candidate’s offer being withdrawn.

Transfer Students

Please be advised that the Faculty of Dentistry does not accept applications for transfers.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2017-2018 (last updated Aug. 17, 2017) (disclaimer)
Faculty of Dentistry—2017-2018 (last updated Aug. 17, 2017) (disclaimer)