The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry

Description of Program

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry (UIC COD) offers a Doctoral of Dental Medicine Advanced Standing Program of study for dentists who were trained outside the United States and Canada who wish to practice dentistry in the United States. Upon successfully completing the program, the participant is awarded a Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree.

The D.M.D. program features small group learning that is interdisciplinary in nature and prompted through the use of clinical case studies developed by a team of UIC COD faculty. These case scenarios place all learning in the context of a patient problem/concern and emphasize the relationship between systemic and oral diseases, health and prevention, family and community context, disease diagnosis and evidence-based practice.


Contact Information

Ms. Braulia Espinosa, M.P.A.
Director of Admissions
The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
801 S. Paulina St, Rm. 104
Chicago, IL 60612
Email: bespin1@uic.edu  

Program Details

Length of Program: 28 months
Program Deadline: June 15, 2020                    
Start Date: January 2021
Class Size: Up to 52
Degree Awarded: D.M.D.



Requirements to Apply to Program

English Language Proficiency

  • Must be proficient in the English language.
  • Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required for admissions. The minimum scores accepted are Overall score of 80 internet-based (iBT), Writing score of 21, Speaking score of 20, Listening of 17 and Reading score of 19. 
  • Must submit the electronic TOEFL score report directly to program. The University of Illinois at Chicago institution code with ETS TOEFL is 1851 - graduate program.
  • Please note that TOEFL scores older than two years at the time of application are invalid. There is no exception to this rule.
  • Candidates who have earned a U.S. degree may be exempted from taking the TOEFL.

National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Requirements

  • Program requires passage of NBDE Parts I and II at the time of application to be considered for admission.
  • Submit the official NBDE score report to ADEA CAAPID®. Candidates invited for an interview will be required to request that the American Dental Association (ADA) send an official score report to our Office of Admissions via email.

Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)

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

Letters of Evaluation

  • UIC COD requires only two Letters of Recommendation. Preferably, one should be from a U.S. dental practitioner. We will accept all Letters of Recommendation submitted via CAAPID. Letters of Recommendation will only be accepted via ADEA CAAPID. UIC will not accept additional Letters of Recommendation via the university’s online application or via email.
  • Letters of Recommendation must be on letterhead and must include a signature.

Transcripts and Evaluations

Applicant must submit to ADEA CAAPID a detailed evaluation by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE):

  • Course-by-course evaluation of official credentials from postsecondary schools (related to your dental education only).
  • UIC does not accept World Education Service (WES) evaluations.

Application Fees

  • Candidates are required to submit the University of Illinois at Chicago supplemental application and fee by June 15, 2020; no extensions will be granted. As soon as a candidate submits the CAAPID application, they can also submit the UIC online application.
  • The University of Illinois at Chicago supplemental application is available online.

Additional Requirements

Students will upload the following PDF documents as part of the UIC COD online application:

  • Dental education transcripts—Upload a copy of official university-issued credentials (detailed marksheets) from all postsecondary schools you have attended (in and outside of the United States). We will not accept documents issued by the dental college, only university-issued documents.

  • English translation of dental education transcripts—Upload a copy of English translation of official credentials from postsecondary schools (in and outside of the United States) that are not in English.

  • Dental degree (diploma)—Upload a copy of your dental degree and any other dental-related certificates or diplomas issued by the university.

  • Translation of dental degree (diploma)—Upload a copy of the English translation of your dental degree and any other dental-related certificates or diplomas.

  • Evidence of English competency—It is required that TOEFL scores be reported electronically directly to UIC COD by Educational Testing Service (ETS). The University of Illinois at Chicago institution code with ETS TOEFL is 1851 - graduate program. Students selected for an interview will be required to bring the official, paper (unopened) score report to the interview day.