How To Apply

How To Apply

Applying to the Faculty of Dentistry

Thank you for considering applying to the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto.

Each year, exceptional students join the largest and most comprehensive dental school in Canada for both Doctor of Dental Surgery and Graduate programs.

For more details on these programs, please visit our Programs section. 

Have more questions? Contact Admissions at: (416) 979-4901 ext. 4373 or

DDS Program Application Process

Join the University of Toronto’s exceptional four year Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program. 

Special Student Status

The Faculty of Dentistry welcomes applications from Aboriginal Peoples (Metis, Status Aboriginal, Non-Status Aboriginal, and Inuit) in recognition of their under-representation in the profession, and of the unique contributions that trained members of these communities can make. The Faculty also welcomes applications from international applicants and prospective grad students. Applicants who on two occasions have failed to secure the right to advance to a higher year in their University education, or who have failed any dental program will normally be refused admission, will be refused admission.

Citizenship & Residency

Domestic applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents. A maximum of 10% of the first year places may be offered to out-of-province applicants. A person is eligible to apply to the DDS program as an international applicant if he or she can enter, or is already in Canada, with a Student Authorization (Visa). 

IDAPP Application Process

The International Dentist Advanced Placement Program is a special six month program for internationally-trained dentists. See PROGRAMS for more information on IDAPP.

We are very proud to offer programs leading to a M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree with dental specialty training in one of the 10 dental specialties recognized by the Canadian Dental Association, as well as Dental Anaesthesia. The M.Sc. program with specialty training may be course-based or thesis-based, while the Ph.D. program is thesis-based. 

For those with an interest in cutting-edge oral health innovation and research, the Faculty of Dentistry offers traditional thesis-based M.Sc. or Ph.D. degrees. 


Interested in applying to a Collaborative program on biomedical engineering, or women's health? Visit the UofT School of Graduate Studies Collaborative Programs page for more information on how to apply to one of the 7 collaborative programs that Dentistry participates in.

Program description, application information, and courses and degree requirements are available for each of the collaborative programs in the School of Graduate Studies Calendar. 

Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program

The Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program (DSATP) is a special university program intended for graduates of non-accredited dental specialty programs (i.e. educational programs that have not been accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada [CDAC] or the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation [CODA]).

The program is designed to assess an applicant's clinical knowledge and judgement, and to prepare him or her for specialty clinical dental practice in Canada. The program consists of 2 components: an initial "assessment phase" lasting up to 3 months in duration, and a "gap training phase," lasting up to 9 months. The total length of each phase of the program will be determined by each specialty Program Director.

Upon successful completion of the DSATP, the student is eligible to apply for and challenge the National Dental Specialty Examination (NDSE) administered by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. Successful completion of the NDSE entitles the candidate to apply for specialist licensure by one of the Dental Regulatory Authorities.

We are pleased to offer DSATP programs in the following specialties, subject to  space limitations:

  • Dental Public Health*
  • Endodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery* 
  • Oral Medicine* 
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology*
  • Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • Paediatric Dentistry* 
  • Periodontology
  • Prosthodontics 

* Unable to accept applications for 2017

Elective Program

The Elective Program allows both undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to fully participate, on an elective basis, in the educational programs offered at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto or its affiliated teaching hospitals.

If you are a DDS student at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry, or a student registered in a clinical specialty program, you are welcome to apply to the hands-on clinical elective program. If you are an undergraduate student with another Faculty, you may participate as an observer only.

Electives are designed to broaden the scope of a student’s education or clinical expertise.

Please ensure your application is submitted at least 4 months in advance of the requested elective period.

Available Electives

Electives are available, on a rolling basis, in the following fields:

  • Dental Anaesthesia
  • Endodontics*
  • General Dentistry*
  • General Dentistry for medically complex patients
  • Geriatric Dentistry
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery**
  • Paediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics*
  • Prosthodontics*

* Unable to accept applications for June, July or August placements.

** Unable to accept applicants at this time. Please check back for further updates. 

Hospital Dental Residency Program

As a Faculty of Dentistry graduate student, or as a graduate of the DDS program, you may apply for a dental residency at a participating partner hospital. Residencies are available annually for a period of one calendar year, starting each June.

To apply for a June residency, please submit your application by September 30th. 

Normally, there are 13 positions available each year, offered in the following hospitals: 

  • The Hospital for Sick Children (4 positions)
  • Mount Sinai Hospital (6 positions)
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (3 positions)


Need more information? Visit the Graduate programs section of our Faculty Calendar.