To be eligible for admission into the dentistry program applicants must:

  • Complete three years of university education (i.e. at least 15 full year courses or equivalent by the end of May 2020
  • Complete the following five prerequisite courses by end of May 2020:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
  • Achieve a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) for all university work. A grade point average of 3.0 (i.e. B) at the time of application does not, however guarantee selection. It should be noted that the 180 applicants invited for an interview in the last several years had an average GPA of 3.85.* 

*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.

*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.

  • Applicants who are currently completing a graduate program must complete all the requirements of their graduate program including thesis defense by August 15th each year.
  • All applicants to are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility.

CASPer is an online test, which, assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process. 

In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere that can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer online due to being located at sites where the internet is not dependable due to technical or political factors. 

Please go to www.takeCASPer.com to sign up for the Canadian Professional Health Sciences test (CSP10201) and reserve a test using one piece of government-issued photo ID. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address you check regularly; there may be updates tot the test schedule. The tests for the 2020 admission cycle will be open for registration July 2019.

Please direct any inquiries on the test to support@takecasper.com. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the takecasper.com website. 

The CASPer test is comprised on 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following, each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer.com and ensue you have a quiet environment to take the test.

CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it. 

  • Write either the Canadian or American Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) and arrange for the test results to be forwarded to the Admissions Office. 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. The DAT must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application. For applicants who have written the DAT exam more than once we will use the highest set of DAT scores. To register for the DAT contact:

The Dental Aptitude Test Program
Canadian Dental Association
1815 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa, ON K1G 3Y6
Telephone: (613) 523-1770
Email: dat@cda-adc.ca
Web site: www.cda-adc.ca

Dental Admission Testing Program
American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Telephone: (800) 232-1694
Email: datexam@ada.org
Web site: http://www.ada.org/en/education-careers/dental-admission-test

  • As English is the primary language of instruction and communication at the University of Toronto, applicants must demonstrate an adequate level of proficiency in English, regardless of their citizenship status or country of origin. Applicants from universities outside Canada where English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 2 years at the time of submission of their application. Acceptable proof of English facility must be submitted by the application deadline (December 1). Official test scores must be sent by the testing agency directly to the University of Toronto. Our institution code is 0982. The following tests are recognized:
  1. Test of English as a Foreign (TOEFL): The Minimum requirement is TOEFL PBT - total score 600 + 5.0 on TWE and for TOEFL IBT - total score 100 + 22 on Writing.
  2. Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): The minimum requirement is an overall score of 85, with no part below 80.
  3. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Module: The minimum requirement is an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0.
  4. 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.
  5. Academic Preparation ESL, School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto: The minimum requirement is a grade of 'B' at the 60/Advanced level.