The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry

Description of Program

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

The D.M.D. 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, MPA
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 30, 2021                    
Start Date: January 2022
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: 80 internet-based (iBT),
    • Writing: 21,
    • Speaking: 20,
    • Listening: 17 and
    • Reading: 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 over two years old 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. UIC COD will also accept the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE).
  • 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 the UIC COD Office of Admissions via email.

Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)

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

Letters of Evaluation

  • Only two (2) letter of recommendation are required by UIC COD. Preferably, one should be from a U.S. dental practitioner. The College will only accept Letters of Recommendation submitted via ADEA CAAPID. UIC COD 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 COD 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 no later than June 30, 2021; no extensions will be granted. As soon as a candidate submits the ADEA CAAPID application, they can also submit the UIC online application.
  • The University of Illinois at Chicago supplemental application can be located online.

Additional Requirements

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

  • Dental Education Transcripts—Upload a copy of official university-issued credentials (detailed marksheets) from all postsecondary schools you have attended (foreign and domestic). UIC COD 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 (foreign and domestic) that are not in English.

  • Dental Degree (Diploma)—Upload a copy of your dental degree and any other dental-related certificate or diploma.

  • Translation of Dental Degree (Diploma)—Upload a copy of the English translation of your dental degree and any other dental-related certificate or diploma.

  • Evidence of English Competency—It is required that TOEFL scores be reported electronically directly to UIC by 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.

*Please review the UIC COD Advanced Standing program application checklist.