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 the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INDBE) or passage of NBDE Parts I and II; and English language proficiency as demonstrated by the internet-based test (iBT) version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Clinical experience is strongly considered, along with research and teaching experience, advanced dental education and motivation for the study of dentistry.  

Letters of Evaluation are important elements in the Admissions Committee’s 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. 15, 2021  
Start Date: July 2022
Class Size: 85
Degree Awarded: D.M.D.

Requirements to Apply to Program

English Language Proficiency

  • All applicants must submit an official TOEFL score directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to ADEA CAAPID, institution B451.
  • A score of 100 or higher on the TOEFL iBT or a 600 or higher on the paper-based test (PBT) is competitive.
  • Applicants who do not meet the minimum TOEFL requirement of 90 iBT or 550 PBT will not be considered.
  • TOEFL “MyBest Score” is not considered.
  • TOEFL Essential is not accepted.
  • The International English Language Testing System and other English language assessments are not accepted.

Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INDBE) or National Board Dental Examination Parts I and II (NBDE I and II)

  • Passage of the INDBE or passage of NBDE Parts I and II is required.
  • Submit official results directly to ADEA CAAPID® from the American Dental Association.

Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)

The ADAT is not required.

Letters of Evaluation

Three (3) letters are required:

  • One (1) letter must be written by the dental school dean. (If a dean's evaluation is not available, a letter from a dental school faculty member may be substituted.)
  • Two (2) Letters of Evaluation must be written by the dental school faculty letters. A clinical supervisor's letter may substitute for one of the dental school faculty letters.
  • Optional, one additional letter.
  • Evaluators should submit letters electronically through Letters by Liaison, the ADEA 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, GSDM requests that the applicant upload the letter in ADEA CAAPID Program Materials. Again, the letter should be on the evaluator’s official letterhead and signed by the evaluator.

School Transcript “Course-by-Course” Evaluation

  • 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, GSDM will obtain that information from your uploaded dental school diploma.
  • World Education Services (WES) evaluations are not accepted.

Program Materials

  • A curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé required.
  • Upload your CV in the Boston University Program Materials section.
  • Do not upload documents, such as certificates or licenses; list any CE courses or achievements in your CV.
  • An upload of a Letter of Evaluation is permitted, only if necessary.
  • If an evaluator cannot access the Recommenders Portal, the applicant may upload the letter in the Program Materials section. The letter should be on the evaluator's official letterhead, dated and signed by the evaluator.

Supplemental Application Fee

  • GSDM will email you instructions for payment of the non-refundable $75 supplemental application fee.


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 (INBDE, NBDE, and TOEFL), which must be submitted directly by the testing agency to ADEA CAAPID;
  • Visa or citizenship status; and
  • Address and contact information.

New CVs or resumes cannot be uploaded to ADEA CAAPID after you submit your application. E-mail your updated CV to