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Orthodontics Application and Admission Policies

U.S. and Canadian Applicants

Please follow the admissions steps as described below in order to be considered as a candidate for the graduate program in the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry:

  • Application through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service program (PASS). On the PASS web site is a connecting link to the University of Detroit Mercy’s orthodontic program.
    • Applications for admissions to the orthodontic program will be available starting in May
    • The application MUST be completed and returned to PASS no later than September 1st of the year preceding your desired registration.
    • The completed PASS application should include all documents requested by PASS.
  • Applicants MUST sign up with the National Match to receive a MATCH number.
  • All applicants MUST take the new Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT).
    • We understand the scores will not be available until sometime in September, however, you MUST submit your application by the September 1 deadline even without the ADAT score. 
    • PASS will automatically add your ADAT score to your application when they become available.
  • Please send the REQUIRED two additional materials listed below by September 1st to the address listed below*
    • $75.00 application fee paid directly to: University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, Orthodontic Department
    • A 2”X2” passport size photograph with name on the back

University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
Orthodontic Department
2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48208-2576

*Failure to include these required materials will result in application rejection

After preliminary screening, those candidates being considered for admission will be notified of a required interview appointment with members of the Orthodontic Admissions Committee. These interviews will be scheduled in late October to early November.  Five students are accepted into the graduate program per academic year**.

Upon notification of the National Match results in December and acceptance into the program a non-refundable $1500 deposit is required. During the period between January and July prior to the beginning of the formal program, each accepted student will be sent some preparatory materials, a reading list, and instructions so that he or she may be better prepared to begin their intensive training in Orthodontics.

**Admission to the Orthodontics Program for all applicants graduating from ADA accredited US or Canadian dental schools is based on academic credentials as well as other appropriate credentials requested by PASS and the postgraduate orthodontic program. Candidates are not judged on race, religion, or national origin.

Foreign Dental School Applicants

At the present time all individuals in foreign countries may apply. All foreign applicants must complete the following exams to be considered as a candidate for the Department of Orthodontics at the University Of Detroit Mercy School Of Dentistry:

  • Completion of the TOEFL test
    • Graduates of foreign dental schools must demonstrate competence in the English language.
    • Non-native English speakers are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based examination, 250 on the computer-based examination or 100 on the Internet-based examination.
  • Pass the Commission on Dental Competency Assessment (CDCA) Part 1
  • Completion of the Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)
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