Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

Description of Program

The Dental International Student (DIS) Program at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) began in 1956 to provide foreign-trained dentists with the education and experience required to practice dentistry in the United States. The program consists of five semesters of coursework and clinical experience, including innovative courses in implantology and geriatric dentistry. Upon completion of the program, students receive a D.M.D. degree and are eligible for licensure to practice dentistry in the United States.

Contact Information

Dr. Jeanette Sabir-Holloway 
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Office of Admissions
One Kneeland Street, 15th floor
Boston, MA 02111
Telephone: 617-636-6639
Fax: 617-636-0309
Email: denadmissionsdis@tufts.edu  

Program Details

Length of Program: 29 months
Program Deadline: July 1, 2020
Start Date: January 2021
Class Size: 25-35
Degree Awarded: D.M.D.



Requirements to apply to program

English Language Proficiency

  • Must be proficient in the English language.
  • All applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to be considered for admission.
  • Must submit original TOEFL scores directly to ADEA CAAPID®.
  • Must upload the TOEFL score report with the ADEA CAAPID application.
  • Scores from TOEFL exams taken after July 1, 2018 will be considered. Scores from exams taken before July 1, 2018 will not be considered.

National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Requirements

  • Program requires passage of NBDE Parts I and II to be considered for admission.
  • Submit official NBDE scores to CAAPID. If not submitted with the CAAPID application, an official report must be sent to denadmissionsdis@tufts.edu.
  • Preference is given to applicants who receive scores of 90 or better or PASS on each of the individual sections on Part I, and who receive a score of 85 or above or PASS on the Part II examination, if applicable. The Admissions Committee also gives preference to applicants who score at or above the national average on the subsections of NBDE Part II, if applicable.

Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)

  • Completion of the ADAT will not be considered during application review for admission to the program.

Letter of Evaluation

  • Program accepts up to three Letters of Evaluation.
  • Program prefers one Letter of Evaluation to come from the dean of the dental school from which the applicant graduated.
  • The Letters of Evaluation must be in English from two dental school professors, or from one former dental school professor and the dean or director of your dental school.
  • The Letters of Evaluation should be on official letterhead and be signed by the letter writer.

Transcripts and Evaluations

  • If admitted, the program will require official transcripts from the original dental school to be sent directly to the program.
  • All applicants must submit a course-by-course evaluation from either Educational Credential Evaluators Inc. (ECE) or World Education Service (WES). If admitted, the program will require official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

Application Fee

  • Please pay a $125 application fee to the program, not to ADEA CAAPID, after being contacted by the program.

Other Documents That Should be Sent Directly to Program, Not to ADEA CAAPID

Send a 2” x 2” photograph to the program, not to ADEA CAAPID, after submitting ADEA CAAPID application


Additional Information

Applicants for the incoming January 2021 class must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. For the 2020-21 cycle, applications from those without U.S. citizenship or permanent residency will not be processed or considered for interview.