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Deadline: September 15


Admissions Contact

Jocelyn Faye
Postgraduate Programs
Office of Admissions & Outreach

513 Parnassus Ave., S619
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430


Admissions Requirements

We accept five postgraduate students into the three year program (MATCH selection process) and two postgraduates into the two year program (non-MATCH selection process) each year. To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements:

3-Year Postgraduate Program:

  • 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 at the time of application submission 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.

2-Year Postgraduate Program:

  • MUST have either a master's level degree (ex. MS, PhD) or completed advanced education training (ex. residency program, AEGD, GPR) prior to the start of the program
  • Hold a DDS, DMD or equivalent degree from a U.S. dental school accredited by the American Dental Association
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Take and pass the National Board Exam, Parts I & II

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. 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 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.

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