University of British Columbia (UBC)

  • Required: Three years (45.0 units) pre-professional studies
  • Study for: Four years at UBC
  • Degree awarded: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, candidates must complete at least three full years of post-secondary study (45.0 units of coursework), including the necessary prerequisite courses, and have:

  • a minimum overall average of 70% on all university-transferrable coursework except courses taken in the year of application to the program, and
  • complete the CASPer Test (Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics)
  • write the Canadian Dental Association Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) prior to the published deadline (DAT scores will be used when evaluating admissibility and are valid for a period of five years).

Note the following:

  • For students who have completed four or more years of post-secondary coursework, the worst year will be excluded from the GPA calculation, provided it has at least 12.0 units and is not the most recent year of study.

Required prerequisite courses

UVic courses Prerequisites
ENGL 135
ENGL 146 or 147
BIOL 186 & 184 Biology 11 or 12 (Note 1)
CHEM 101 & 102 Chemistry 11 or 12 (Note 2) and
Mathematics 12
CHEM 231 CHEM 101
CHEM 232 CHEM 231
BIOC 300A & 300B BIOL 225, CHEM 231, and CHEM 232. Minimum "C+" grades recommended. CHEM 213 recommended.

Note 1: Chemistry 11 or 12 is strongly recommended for BIOL 186.
Note 2: Students lacking Chemistry 12 must also enroll in CHEM 091.

Contact information

Faculty of Dentistry Admissions
J.B. Macdonald Building
University of British Columbia
 2199 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3

For CASPer Testing Information, contact:

For Dental Aptitude Test registration information and preparation materials, contact:

Canadian Dental Association
1815 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa, ON K1G 3Y6

Please note: This information is provided as a planning tool only. Requirements change from year to year and while every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, in all cases the information provided by the institution offering the program in question should be considered the authority.