Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Description of Program

The D.M.D. Advanced Standing Program at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine is a 24-month course of study for internationally educated dentists leading to a Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree. Students are foreign nationals, U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents. Students pursue highly intensive clinical training while simultaneously following a rigorous academic curriculum. D.M.D. Advanced Standing students are able to capitalize on the location of the dental school in the heart of Boston through community outreach and research opportunities. 

The Admissions Committee takes into account the applicant’s academic preparation, grades and marks, passage of National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Part I or Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INDBE), and English language proficiency. Clinical experience is strongly considered, along with research and teaching experience, advanced dental education and motivation for the study of dentistry. Letters of reference/evaluation are important elements in the Admissions Committee assessment. The Committee invites selected applicants to interview; an in-person interview is required for admission, but does not guarantee acceptance. 

Contact Information

Tobias Kahan, Assistant Director                     
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
635 Albany St., Suite G-146                      
Boston, MA 02118, USA
Telephone: 617-358-6827                     

Program Details

Length of Program: 24 months
Program Deadline: Nov. 30, 2020 
Start Date: July 2021
Class Size: 85
Degree Awarded: D.M.D.

Requirements to apply to program

English Language Proficiency

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all applicants whose first language is not English, including U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents.
  • Most competitive applicants score 100 Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) or 600 paper-based test (PBT), or higher. TOEFL minimums are 90 iBT or 550 PBT. Applicants who do not meet the minimum TOEFL requirement cannot be considered.
  • Submit official TOEFL scores directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to ADEA CAAPID, institution B451.
  • TOEFL “MyBest Score” is not considered.
  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and other English language assessments are not accepted.

National Board Dental Examination Part 1 or Integrated National Board Dental Examination

  • Passage of NBDE Part 1 or INDBE is required.
  • Submit official results directly through the American Dental Association to ADEA CAAPID.
  • NBDE Part 2 results are not required, but will be considered if submitted through ADEA CAAPID.

Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) not required

Letters of Evaluation

Three letters of evaluation are required:

  • A letter of evaluation from your dental school dean.
    • If a dean’s evaluation is not available, a letter from a dental school faculty member may be substituted.
  • Two letters of evaluation from dental school faculty members.
    • A clinical supervisor’s letter may substitute for one of the dental school faculty letters.
  • Optional: one additional letter of evaluation.
  • Evaluators should submit letters through the CAAPID Recommenders Portal.
  • Letters should be on official letterhead and include the date and evaluator’s signature.
  • If an evaluator cannot access the Recommenders Portal, you may upload the letter in Program Materials.

Dental School Transcripts and ECE

  • Submit the required Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) course-by-course, detailed dental school transcript evaluation directly to ADEA CAAPID.
  • The ECE report should specify that your dental degree has been awarded.
    • If the ECE evaluation does not specifically state that your dental degree has been awarded, we will obtain that information from your uploaded dental school diploma.
  • World Education Services (WES) evaluations are not accepted.

Supplemental Application Fee

  • After we receive your ADEA CAAPID application, we will email you instructions for payment of the non-refundable $75 supplemental application fee.

Program Materials

  • Curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé:
    • Upload required.
    • Extraneous documents delay review of your application. Do not upload continuing education (CE) certificates, licenses, certificates of achievement or other materials; list these in your CV or résumé.
  • Letter of reference:
    • Upload permitted, only if necessary.
    • If an evaluator cannot access the Recommenders Portal, you may upload the letter of reference/evaluation.


Applicants can update certain sections of the CAAPID application after submission, until the CAAPID cycle closes:

  • Clinical, professional, volunteer, research and teaching experience;
  • Test results (NBDE, INBDE and TOEFL), which must be submitted directly by the testing agency to CAAPID;
  • Visa status; and
  • Address and contact information.