Admissions Requirements

We accept five postgraduate students into the Pediatric Dentistry program each year. To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a DDS, DMD or equivalent degree
  • Take the National Board Exam, Part I. Part II of the NDBE must be submitted after you graduate from dental school and prior to matriculation in July. (Parts I and II — for either domestic or foreign-trained dentists — are required if you already have completed your dental program.)
  • 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. UCSF's institution code is 4840.

Application Procedures

There are three steps to the application process:

  1. Submit your application through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Complete your application by the deadline posted on the PASS website. You must include the following: personal essay, curriculum vitae (CV), official dental school transcript, all undergraduate transcripts, three 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 applications. The Matching Program is a centralized selection service that matches applicants to programs.
  3. Submit the nonrefundable application processing fee ($60 for domestic applicants, $80 for international applicants) through the UCSF application portal.

If you have foreign coursework, you must submit the following directly to the School of Dentistry, even if you submitted a copy to PASS:

  • Official transcript(s), detailed marks reports, etc. for all college-level coursework taken at a college or university outside the United States or a Canadian institution where English is not the official language of instruction. Transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution. (Please note: Photocopies, even if notarized, are not acceptable.)
  • Official course-by-course evaluation from Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., or World Education Services for all transcripts received from institutions outside the U.S., including Canadian schools where English is not the official language of instruction.

Send these items to:

University of California, San Francisco
School of Dentistry Office of Admissions
513 Parnassus Ave., S-630
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430

Please note: To be considered for a spot in the Pediatric Dentistry program, you must meet all qualifications and submit all required documentation, including the UCSF application processing fee, by the deadline.