Do you have questions about programs and classes?
If you need information about admission requirements, the application process, or general information about the following programs in the Faculty of Dentistry:
- Doctor of Dental Surgery (4 years)
- Doctor of Dental Surgery Qualifying Program (2 years)
- Diploma in Dental Hygiene (2 years)
- Bachelor of Dental Hygiene (1 year)
Admissions Office, Faculty of Dentistry
Dentistry Building, Dalhousie University
5981 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
To book an appointment with an admissions advisor, call (902) 494-2824
If you are new to the university or unsure where to go for assistance, contact the Registrar's Office for academic support.
Frequently asked admission questions
Can I be accepted if I have not completed all of the listed pre-requisite classes?
No, all applicants must complete all pre-requisite classes by May 1 to be considered for admission.
What is the most important aspect of my application—grades or other factors?
Grades are the first thing considered by the Admissions Committee. Students with the best academic record are invited for an interview. Generally, your 10 most recent full-year university classes (or equivalent) and the average in the three higher sciences are the most important. Grades in these two areas should be in the B+ to A- range before you are interviewed.
How many interviews are granted?
The Admissions Committee will normally grant twice as many interviews as places in the class. Selection for interviews is based on academic grades.
Should I spend time observing or volunteering in a dentist's office?
Yes, you should observe in a general practice dental office and ask the dentist questions about his or her work. It is not necessary to volunteer to work in a dental office, but you should spend time in the office to find out as much about the career as possible. If you are unable to find a dentist who will permit you to observe in practice, please contact the Faculty of Dentistry and we will try to facilitate this.
What other factors are considered, besides academic grades?
The results of the interview are an important aspect of the application. We also consider your confidential evaluation references (forms provided in the application package). These serve as references from instructors, employers or others in support of the application. The Admissions Committee considers the Dental Aptitude Test, and you should try to achieve scores of 15 or better in each category of the DAT. The Admissions Committee will review your statement of work activities, volunteer activities, awards and community service.
How important is volunteer work and what kind of volunteer work should I do?
Volunteer work is important for you to gain the interpersonal skills necessary when working with people. Your volunteer work can be any type that interests you and enables you to work with groups and/or individuals (e.g. working in a nursing home, a health care facility, coaching teams, summer camp counsellor, etc.). Experience you gain in your volunteer and employment activities is valuable when responding to questions on the interview.
What does the interview assess?
The interview is designed to assess personal qualities, such as integrity, communication skills and conscientiousness. It is a structured interview (all applicants are asked the same type of questions). Two dentists will interview you. The interview takes about 40 minutes and is conducted at the Faculty of Dentistry, usually on a Saturday in March or April.
Does the Faculty of Dentistry accept a certain number of applicants from specific geographical areas?
Yes, the majority of the first year class is selected from applicants who are residents of the Atlantic provinces of Canada. For details on how an applicant's residency status is determined, please see the appropriate section in the Faculty of Dentistry calendar. There is no pre-determined number of applicants who are accepted from each of the Atlantic provinces.
Is it best to take my pre-requisite classes at Dalhousie?
You may study your pre-requisite classes at any accredited university. If you require assistance in selecting classes, please contact the Admissions Office, Faculty of Dentistry or your pre-dentistry/pre-health advisor at your university.