Academic Requirements

Academic Requirements

Applicants must have completed three years of university education (i.e. at least 15 full year courses or equivalent) in a program that demonstrates focus and coherence in education. In order to be eligible for admission consideration, we must consider this education to be equivalent to three years of undergraduate education at the University of Toronto.

This education must have included the following five courses:

  • One full year course (or two half year courses) in general biochemistry. This course should cover protein chemistry and the chemistry of other biomolecules, cellular metabolism and molecular biology.
  • One full year course (or two half year courses) in general mammalian (human or animal) physiology. This course should cover the following systems: musculoskeletal system; haemostasis mechanisms; haematopoietic system; nervous system; immune system; cardiovascular system; renal physiology; neurophysiology; endocrinology and gastrointestinal physiology.
  • Two additional full year courses (or four half year courses) in Life Sciences. (For example: anatomy, biochemistry, biology, botany, genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular genetics/biology, neuroscience, nutritional Sciences, pharmacology, toxicology, physiology, zoology).
  • One full year course (or two half year courses) in a Humanities or Social Science. (For example - Humanities: art history, classics, East Asian studies, English, history, languages, music, near & middle eastern studies, philosophy. Social Sciences: anthropology, economics, geography, management, political science, religious studies, sociology).

The earliest time at which applicants may apply is during the third year of their program at a recognized university. Any courses completed after May 31st during the proposed year of entry, will not be considered for admission.

A minimum current grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) is required.*However, a grade point average of 3.0 (i.e. B) at the time of application does not guarantee selection. It should be noted that the 200 domestic applicants invited for an interview had an average GPA of 3.85 and the international applicants invited for an interview had an average GPA of 3.80. It is recommended that applicants follow a program of study that will provide them with an educational background in keeping with their own interests and possible career opportunities should they not be accepted into Dentistry.

Note that courses taken in the academic year, during the proposed year of entry, will not be included in the calculation of the applicant's cumulative GPA. Any offer of admission, however, will be contingent upon the successful applicant maintaining an annual GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale) for their current academic year. Applicants who are currently completing a graduate program must complete all the requirements of their graduate program including thesis defence by August 15th each year.*

The worst academic year will be dropped from the calculation of an applicant's cumulative grade point average provided that (a) the applicant has completed four or more years of university education by May 31st of the proposed year of entry, and (b) the year with the lowest grades is not the applicant's last year of study.

Dental Aptitude Test

Applicants are required to take the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) administered by the Canadian Dental Association and to arrange for their test results to be forwarded to the Admissions Office. The DAT is designed to measure general academic ability, comprehension of scientific information, perceptual ability and manual dexterity. The Canadian DAT is offered twice a year (February and November). The Academic Average (AA) and Perceptual Ability Test (PAT) scores are part of the admission process. We do not require applicants to complete the Manual Dexterity (MDT) section of the DAT exam.

If the test is written more than once, the highest set of DAT scores will be used. The DAT must have been taken within two calendar years prior to the application deadline. The valid test dates for September 2017 entry are: February 2015, November 2015, February 2016, November 2016. Tests taken more than two years prior to the application deadline will not be considered. Registration forms may be obtained by contacting the Canadian Dental Association at:

The Dental Aptitude Test Program
Canadian Dental Association
1815 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa, ON K1G 3Y6

Telephone: (613) 523-1770
Fax: (613) 523-7736
Web site:

The American Dental Admission Test (DAT) is an acceptable equivalent for those unable to take the Canadian Dental Aptitude Test (DAT). These scores must be received by the December 1st application deadline. Further information may be obtained from:

Dental Admission Testing Program
American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60611, USA

Telephone: (800) 232-1694
Fax: (312) 440-7494
Web site:

English Facility Requirements

All applicants must be proficient in both written and spoken English. Applicants whose first language (i.e. the language learned at home as a child) is not English and who have completed less than four years of full-time academic study in an English language school system located in a country where English is the primary language, are required to achieve an appropriate standard in a recognized test of English facility. Note: We will not exempt from English facility testing any applicant who studied in English in a country where the primary language is not English. 

However, we will exempt from English facility testing any applicant who has successfully completed, with grades of "C" or higher, at least four full degree courses, including at least one full course in English, Social Sciences or Humanities, taught in English, in a recognized English-medium university located in a country where English is the primary language. We will also exempt from English facility testing any applicant who is a bilingual francophone and who has satisfactorily completed at least four years of full-time academic study in the Canadian school system. 

Acceptable proof of English facility must be submitted by the application deadline (December 1). If acceptable proof of English facility is not received by the application deadline, the application will be cancelled. Tests taken more than two years prior to the application deadline will not be considered. Official test scores must be sent by the testing agency directly to the Admissions Office, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto . The following tests are recognized:

Test of English as a Foreign (TOEFL): Those who present the paper-based TOEFL must ensure that the Test of Written English (TWE) is also available on their test date. The TOEFL CBT includes an Essay in every administration of the test.

Minimum Requirement:
TOEFL PBT - total score 600 + 5.0 on TWE
TOEFL IBT - total score 100 + 22 on Writing

Note: The TOEFL Institution Code is 0982-00. You must list this code correctly, or we will not receive your results. TOEFL/TWE Bulletins may be obtained from American embassies and consulates, offices of the United States Information Service (USIS), or you may contact:

TOEFL Services
Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6151
Princeton , NJ 08541-6151, USA
Telephone: (609) 771-7100
Web site:

You may also pick up a TOEFL CBT Bulletin at:

Enrolment Services, University of Toronto
172 St. George Street
Toronto , ON M5R 0A3
Telephone: (416) 978-2190
Web site:

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): The minimum requirement is an overall score of 85, with no part below 80. Information Bulletins and Registration Forms may be obtained from the MELAB office:

Argus 1 Building, 535 West William St., Suite 310 
Ann Arbor, MI 48103-4978, USA 
Telephone: (734) 615-9629
Fax: (734) 763-0369
Web site: 

Applicants in the Toronto area may register in-person at:

English Testing Canada 
45 Willcocks Street, Room 139
Toronto, ON M5S 1C7
Telephone: 416-946-3942
Fax: 416-946-0337

You may also pick up a MELAB Bulletin at Enrolment Services (address above).

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Module: The minimum requirement is an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0. For information about this test, world-wide test centres and registration procedures, you may contact the IELTS Office at You may also contact the Ontario Test Centre:

IELTS Test Centre

Conestoga College
299 Doon Valley Drive 
Kitchener, ON N2G 4M4 
Telephone: (519) 748-3516 
Fax: (519) 748-6289 
Web site:

A Toronto Test Centre has opened at:

GVT Exams Inc.,

IELTS Administrator,
180 Bloor Street West, Suite 202, Toronto, ON M5S 2V6.
Telephone: (416) 209-6685;
Fax: (416) 968-6667;

The Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE): The minimum requirement is an overall score of 86, with 32 in Writing and 22 in each of the Reading and Listening sections. Currently available in Toronto only. COPE Information Bulletins with registration forms and sample questions may be picked up at Enrolment Services (address above), or you may contact:

COPE Testing Ltd., 
7B Pleasant Blvd., Box 957
Toronto, ON M4T 1K2
(Note: this is a mailing address only). 
Telephone: (416) 962-2673 

Web site:

Academic Preparation ESL, School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto: The minimum requirement is a grade of 'B' at the 60/Advanced level. For more information contact the English Language Program at the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto at:

158 St. George Street 
Toronto, ON, M5S 2V8
Telephone: (416) 978-5104 
Fax: (416) 971-2839
Web site: