Office of Admissions
513 Parnassus Ave., S619
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430
Please note that due to upgrades to the ADEA PASS system, applications for the 19-20 application cycle will not be processed by the UCSF Office of Admissions until the first week of June. Thank you for your patience.
To be eligible for admission to the program, you must meet the following requirements:
- Hold a DDS, DMD degree or the equivalent
- Take the National Board Examination, Part I. Parts I and II — for either domestic or foreign-trained dentists — are required by the application deadline if you already have completed your dental program.
- Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if your native language is not English and you have not completed at least one year of college or university-level studies in the United States.
There are three steps to the application process:
- Submit your application through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) by Aug. 15. You must include the following: personal essay, curriculum vitae (CV), official dental school transcript, upload scanned copies of all other undergraduate/graduate transcripts, three PASS evaluation forms (PEFs), dean's institution evaluation and all required scores.
- Register with the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program to obtain a match code number, which you must submit through the PASS application. The Match Program is a centralized selection service that matches applicants to programs.
- Following submission of the PASS application, submit the nonrefundable application processing fee ($60 for domestic applicants, $80 for international applicants) through the UCSF application fee portal.
If you have international coursework:
You must submit to PASS a course-by-course evaluation of all international transcripts by either Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., or World Education Services AND send an official copy of the international transcript directly to the SOD Office of Admissions.
If a WES ICAP report is submitted to PASS this will fulfill the requirement for the evaluation and transcript.
Send these items to:
University of California, San Francisco
School of Dentistry Office of Admissions & Outreach
513 Parnassus Ave., S-630
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430
Please note: To be considered for a position in the program, you must meet all qualifications and submit all required documentation, including the UCSF application processing fee, by the deadline.
Following a review of completed applications, selected candidates will be invited for an interview.
We accept five students per year in the Postgraduate Program in Orthodontics with concurrent admission into the Graduate MS or PhD Program in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences.
Postgraduate students are expected to devote 100 percent of their professional activities to the program. Permission to carry out practice or other professional activities outside the program can be granted only in exceptional circumstances by the program director.
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