Programs

Welcome to Programs, Faculty of Dentistry

Comprehensive training

The Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto offers a comprehensive range of academic programs, including an undergraduate Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program, and the International Dentist Advanced Placement Program (IDAPP), which prepares internationally-trained dentists to practice dentistry in Canada.

Looking for graduate studies? We offer MSc and PhD programs, with or without specialty training. Our Faculty proudly offers training in all 10 of the dental specialties recognized in Canada, as well as Dental Anaesthesia.

We also run special programs such as our elective program, the Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program (DSATP), the Hospital Dental Residency Program, and collaborative programs. Browse the buttons below for more information.

For our breadth of education, we are unique in Canada, and our high standards of scholarship and vibrant diversity make the Faculty of Dentistry Canada's preeminent research and education centre.

Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Program 

An internationally recognized dental program, the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree comprises the first and biggest step towards practicing dentistry. Through this four-year degree, students experience a curriculum that crosses basic and clinical sciences, ensuring that scientific and professional development proceed smoothly through each student’s education.

In years 1 and 2 of this professional degree, students gain in-depth expertise on the fundamentals of dentistry, basic science and diagnostics. In years 3 and 4, students are given unique opportunities to treat patients in one of our 14 dental clinics, or through one of our community service learning opportunities. 

Curious about curriculum, application requirements and more? Start with the Doctor of Dental Surgery section of the Faculty Calendar, or visit Undergraduate Courses.

How do I apply? Learn more here.

International Dentist Advanced Placement Program (IDAPP) 

The International Dentist Advanced Placement Program (IDAPP) is a special six month preparatory program intended for graduates of non-accredited dental programs,(educational programs that have not been recognized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) or the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation). Our goal is to prepare students to take the examinations of the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB), which graduates of accredited dental programs must take to obtain certification.

What next? 

Students who successfully complete the program are fully integrated into the third year of our four year Doctor of Dental Surgery Program (DDS), which leads to the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery. Upon successful completion of the International Dentist Advanced Placement Program, year three and four of the DDS program and the NDEB examinations, graduates will be eligible for licensure/ registration as a dentist in all provinces in Canada.

 

How do I apply? Start here. 

Curious about curriculum, eligibility and more? Start with the IDAPP Section of the Faculty of Dentistry Calendar, or visit Undergraduate Courses. 

Graduate Studies

From the creation of novel biomaterials to pain studies, and from advanced microbiome studies to global health population research, new Faculty of Dentistry graduate students join the premiere Canadian graduate research and education centre in the oral health sciences.

Applicants to graduate degree programs at the Faculty of Dentistry choose between two educational streams:

MSc and PhD degrees. This stream provides for the advanced education of research scientists.

MSc and PhD degrees with Dental Specialty Training, which combines advanced research with specialty training for clinicians.

 

At-A-Glance: Your Graduate Degree at the Faculty of Dentistry

With the exception of the M.Sc. Specialty Training, Coursework Only Option, all graduate degrees require a thesis project. Under the supervision of a School of Graduate Studies faculty member and a thesis committee, graduate students develop a thesis project. After honing the thesis under the guidance of a faculty supervisor and committee, the degree culminates in an oral defense of the thesis.

Graduate students taking the MSc or PhD with Specialty Training will receive training in one of our 11 specialty training programs, which may both enrich their thesis work, and prepare them for fulfilling careers as specialist clinicians. 

Choosing the Right Program for You

  • Are you considering a career in teaching at the post-secondary level?
  • Are you interested in pursuing advanced training in a scientific or medical field?

If you have a bachelor of science degree, consider the Faculty of Dentistry MSc program at the Faculty of Dentistry.

At-A-Glance: Your Graduate Degree at the Faculty of Dentistry

The MSc program is a traditional, thesis-based graduate research degree. As a student, you will create an individual research project supervised by a School of Graduate Studies faculty member and overseen by an advisory committee. Your program will culminate in the oral defense of a written thesis based on the research work completed during the program.

Learn more about the MSc Degree Program in the Graduate Degree Programs’ section of our Faculty Calendar. 

Start developing your application package today.

Choosing the Right Program for You

  • Do you want to become an independent research scientist?
  • Are you considering a career in academia?

With any advanced degree in a related field you are eligible to consider a PhD degree at the Faculty of Dentistry.

At-A-Glance: Your Graduate Degree at the Faculty of Dentistry

The PhD research program is designed to prepare students for careers in advanced research and teaching.

Learn more about the program in the Graduate students section, including in-depth information on program timelines, benchmarks and milestones, or visit our Faculty Calendar.

*Please note All applications to Graduate programs are made through the School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto

Choosing the Right Program for You

  • MSc with Dental Specialty Training: Do your career goals involve combining clinical specialty practice with part-time teaching or research?
  • PhD with Dental Specialty Training: Are you looking for a full-time research and education career, either in a university or in an industry setting? Is your goal to become a clinician scientist?

The Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto offers advanced training in each of the below 10 specialties recognized by the Canadian Dental Association and accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada, as well as Dental Anaesthesia. 

  • Dental Anaesthesia
  • Dental Public Health
  • Endodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and/or Oral Medicine
  • Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • Paediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics

If you have a dental degree (DDS/DMD/ or an equivalent degree), you may be considered for MSc or PhD degree Dental Specialty Training at the Faculty of Dentistry.

At-A-Glance: Your Graduate Degree at the Faculty of Dentistry

Both MSc and PhD Programs in Dental Specialty Training combines cutting-edge health research with advanced clinical training in a dental specialty. Students may choose from the following two academic streams:

MSc Thesis Option: offered for dental graduates seeking advanced training in a clinical specialty as well as training in research. Between 12 and 24 months after starting the MSc (Thesis Option), a student who may wish to transfer to the PhD program may do so after successfully completing the PhD transfer examination.

MSc Coursework-Only Option: offered for dental graduates seeking advanced training in a clinical specialty in which additional coursework and a research practicum are undertaken as an alternative to a thesis.

As a student in either academic stream, you will create an individual research project supervised by a School of Graduate Studies appointed faculty member, with the help of an advisory committee.

Alongside thesis work (or coursework, for the Coursework Only Option), the student will also receive specialty training in one of the 10 clinical specialties at the Faculty of Dentistry.

PhD: 12 to 24 months after starting the PhD, a student must successfully complete the PhD qualifying examination.

Learn more about the program structure and courses in the ‘Graduate Degree Programs’ section of our Faculty Calendar.

 

Collaborative Programs

The Faculty of Dentistry engages in a wide array of health-related cross-disciplinary research. Graduate students enrolled at the Faculty are eligible to enroll in any of the Collaborative Programs listed below. Students who successfully fulfil their program requirements receive a notation on their official transcript and parchment. 

Applications for these programs are made to the University of Toronto's School of Graduate Studies, Collaborative Programs. 

 

Aging, Palliative & Supportive Care Across Life Course

Students enrolled in this program tackle issues related to aging and palliative care with an emphasis of viewing aging as part of the life cycle. 

Biomedical Engineering

Housed in Faculty of Dentistry's world-renowned research arm, the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME), this program offers graduate students the opportunity to integrate biological research with engineering and medicine. 

Cardiovascular Sciences

An intrinsic link has been made between oral health and cardiovascular health. Drawing upon one of our greatest strengths in research, students in this program can explore the wonders of cardiovascular health research. 

Global Health

From the community-level to the global community, this program addresses the relationships between different levels of government and how policy interventions shape the future. 

The Collaborative Program in Musculoskeletal Sciences (CPMS)

One of only two programs of its kind in North America, the Collaborative Program in Musculoskeletal Sciences (CPMS) prepares graduate students to become leading researchers in the field of musculoskeletal sciences. 

Collaborative Program in Neuroscience (CPIN)

Peering deep into the mysteries of the neurological system, this program builds upon Dentistry's strengths in pain and neuroscience research. 

Women's Health 

This program provides advanced interdisciplinary training in women's health towards the building of strong relationships between researchers and health practitioners across the University of Toronto's 10 affiliated hospitals. 

 

Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program (DSATP)

If you are a graduate of a non-accredited dental specialty program, and want to engage in specialty clinical dental practice in Canada, the Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program (DSATP) might be right for you.

This special university program is for graduates of any program that has not been accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada [CDAC] or the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation [CODA]). This is a 2-phase program: an ‘assessment’ phase (approx. 3 months) and a ‘gap training phase’ (up to 9 months). If you successfully complete the DSATP, you can then apply to challenge the the National Dental Specialty Examination (NDSE), which in turn qualifies successful candidates for apply for specialist licensure by a Dental Regulatory Authority.

The Faculty of Dentistry offers the following programs for DSATP assessment and training:

  • 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 in 2017
 

Elective Program

The Elective Program allows both undergraduate and postgraduate 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. Electives are designed to deepen the scope of a student’s education or clinical expertise. Once you are familiar with the following information, proceed to the Elective Program application.

If you are a DDS student or a Registered Clinical Specialty Student, you are welcome to apply to the clinical elective program. If you are a dental student with another Faculty, you may participate only as an observer. 

Please note that we require the complete application to be submitted four months in advance of the requested program start date.

Available Electives

Electives are available, on an as-available basis, in the following fields:

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

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

Elective programs and partners

The below elective programs are offered through the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto and its partners:

Orthodontics

• Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto

• Hospital for Sick Children

Periodontics

• Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

• Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto

• Mount Sinai Health Systems **

• Hospital for Sick Children

• Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Paediatric Dentistry

• Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto

• Hospital for Sick Children

• Bloorview MacMillan Centre

• Mount Sinai Health Systems

** Available to DDS III & IV students from mid-June to mid-August.

Elective Programs Administrative Fees

Administrative fees for the placement will be requested via letter of offer and the charges are listed below. Payment will be accepted in the form of a certified cheque or money order payable (in Canadian funds) to the University of Toronto.

1-2 weeks $220

3-4 weeks $290

5-6 weeks $360

7-8 weeks $440

9-16 weeks $1,000

17-24 weeks $5,000

25-36 weeks $10,000

36-52 weeks $15,000

 

 

 

 

Hospital Dental Residency Program

Dental residencies are available annually for a period of one calendar year starting in June. Successful applicants will be registered as postgraduate students in the Faculty of Dentistry for the length of their appointment.

Usually thirteen positions are available at the following hospitals:

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

Our partner hospitals have active dental departments offering a wide range of dental services. Residents undertake supervised clinical experience in hospital dentistry and are assigned to other hospital departments. A three-week to one-month assignment to a northern Ontario hospital is also offered. A special seminar course for dental residents is arranged by the Hospital Relations Committee of the Faculty of Dentistry.

The two-part application process involves submission of an application package, and a follow-up interview for select candidates. Applicants are assessed by the hospital department to which they apply. Get started here.