University of Louisville School of Dentistry

Description of Program

The University of Louisville School of Dentistry (ULSD) offers an Advanced Standing admission option into the D.M.D. program for selected individuals who have received a dental degree from an institution outside the United States or Canada. The total number of students admitted depends on the school’s available resources. Therefore, it is highly restrictive and generally limited to two or fewer candidates per year. The program may be customized for each admitted student and is typically a 28-month program.

Contact Information

Dr. Alma Ljaljevic-Tucakovic
University of Louisville School of Dentistry
Office of Student Affairs, Room 234
501 S. Preston St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Telephone: 502-852-5081
Fax: 502-852-1210
Email: advadms@louisville.edu  

Program Details

Length of Program: Minimum of 28 months
Program Deadline: July 1, 2021                      
Start Date: January 2022
Class Size: Based on space available
Degree Awarded: D.M.D.
Tuition: Same as ULSD traditional program
Current tuition rates listed on Tuition & Aid page



Requirements to Apply to Program

English Language Proficiency

  • Must be proficient in the English language.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). (The TOEFL is preferred). This requirement may be waived if an applicant has completed 90 college credit hours or a master’s degree in the United States.

    Applicants should indicate their qualifications for a waiver in the “Custom Questions” portion of the ADEA CAAPID® application. Please do not email requests or documentation to our office unless requested to do so.


  • Only internet-based TOEFL (iBT) scores are accepted. Submit to ADEA CAAPID®.
  • Preference is given to those scoring at or above a total score of 100 and 26 in speaking and listening.
  • The institution code for submitting TOEFL scores to the ULSD is 5933.
  • Find out more information about TOEFL testing online. 

National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Requirements

  • Program requires passing NBDE Part I or INBDE to be considered for admission.
  • Submit official results to ADEA CAAPID.
  • Application eligibility requires minimum score of 75 on Part I or “pass” if no numerical score is issued.

Personal Statement

Short essay describing why you desire to enter the D.M.D. program.


Letters of Evaluation

  • Two Letters of Evaluation required (one professional and one from the senior administrator or dean of applicant’s dental school), written within one year of the application.
  • Submit to ADEA CAAPID.

Transcripts and Evaluations

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


Application Fees

  • Pay $65 application fee to the program online only after requested to do so by the program.
  • Do not send payments to ULSD until requested.

Special Notes

  • Only applications that are complete (with all the ULSD requirements listed above) by the application deadline of July 1 will be considered. This means the applicant must have paid the ULSD application fee and all required documents must have been received by the ULSD office prior to the deadline. 
  • Applicants, please do not submit any documents to ULSD.