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SEPTEMBER 15, 2020

ADEA PASS Application Link

Admissions Contact

Jocelyn Faye
Postgraduate Programs
Office of Admissions & Outreach

513 Parnassus Ave., S630
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430


Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a DDS, DMD degree or equivalent by the start of the program
  • Pass the National Board Dental Examination (NBDE), Part 1 by the application deadline. Matched applicants must Pass and submit NBDE Part 2 results by the start of the program. If you already have completed your dental program: Passing score(s) from NBDE Parts 1 & 2 OR the Integrated National Board Exam (INBDE) — for either domestic or foreign-trained dentists — are required by the application deadline.
  • Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and post scores on ADEA PASS application by application deadline
  • 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.

Application Procedures

There are three steps to the application process:

  1. Submit your application through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (ADEA PASS) by Sept. 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 ADEA PASS evaluation forms (PEFs), dean's institution evaluation and all required scores.
  2. 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.
  3. Following submission of the ADEA 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. Interviews during the 2020-21 admissions season will be conducted remotely.

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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