College of Dentistry

College of Dentistry (Certificate, MS, or PhD)

Application Fee To apply to any of the clinical certificate programs or the combined clinical certificate and clinical track MS in Oral Biology programs, the applicant will use the American Dental Education Association Postdoctoral Application Support Service (ADEA PASS). Some of the programs also participate in MATCH (Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program). Any fees charged by these services are the responsibility of the applicant.

Application to the basic science track MS or PhD in Oral Biology program must be made through UniCAS (applicant.tamu.edu)
Previous Degree • Requirements vary for specific graduate programs.
• Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work from all previously attended institutions.
Nationally Scored Test (GRE/ADAT) • All applicants (Certificate, MS, PhD, or combined MS/Certificate) must provide a nationally scored test. Program-specific information may be obtained by contacting your program of choice.
English Language Requirements English proficiency verification can be achieved by presenting:
• TOEFL score of at least 80 on TOEFL iBT (550 paper-based), or
• an IELTS score of at least 6.0, or
• a GRE Verbal Reasoning score of at least 146 (400 on the old scale), or
• GMAT Verbal score of at least 22, or
• a PTE Academic score of at least 53, or
• acquiring alternative verification from the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies via a departmental request (an international student holding an advanced degree from an accredited US institution qualifies for alternative verification).
Foreign Degree Transcripts • All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).
Other Requirements • Approval for admission from the Program Admissions Committee and the Office of Graduate Studies.

College of Dentistry (DDS)

Application Fee • Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS)
• $185 flat fee (for one or all four Texas dental schools)
• For non-Texas residents: ADEA American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS)
• See the AADSAS website for fee information
• College of Dentistry Secondary Application required for all applicants - No fee for Texas residents
• $50 non-refundable fee for non-Texas residents
Previous Degree • Not required but current competitive level dictates BA or BS from accredited college or university prior to matriculation
• Official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate work from previously attended institutions
Undergraduate Cumulative GPA Completion of required courses with GPA as high as possible (90 SCHs minimum; BA or BS degree recommended); admission is competitive
Dental Admission Test (DAT) Official scores required
International Requirements • At least 90 SCHs from a fully accredited college or university in the U.S. or its territories including specific subject requirements
• Degree preferred
Other Requirements Letter of recommendation (LOR) from practicing dentist, health professional advisor or committee; also interview; comprehensive biographical sketch; observation of a general dentist; and community service experiences

Taking the Dental Admission Test (DAT)

The applicant should take the DAT in the spring or summer prior to applying. The DAT is offered at Prometric Testing Centers with locations throughout the country. The DAT is administered on computer almost every day of the week. An applicant with below average scores on the test may wish to retake the test in order to become more competitive. A 90-day waiting period is required before re-testing.

Other resources include the Dental Admissions Testing Program.

Application Procedures

The college participates in the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS). This central processing service allows the applicant to apply to any or all of the four dental schools in the State of Texas. The TMDSAS accepts and processes all materials of the primary application for admission to the Doctor of Dental Surgery program only. Texas Residents MUST apply through the TMDSAS.

Non-Texas residents can apply through TMDSAS and this is the preferred application for the college.  However, the college participates in the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) for out-of-state students. Out-of-state applicants who apply through AADSAS must also apply using the College of Dentistry application available online at TAMHSC Admissions Processing Portal (APP).

To apply to the program leading to the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, the applicant should:

  • Access full information and the online application at the website for:
    The Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service
    http://www.tmdsas.com
  • Applicants needing assistance or who have no Internet access may contact the TMDSAS:
    Telephone: (512) 499-4785
    Fax: (512) 499-4786
  • Timetable for filing application:
    Earliest date: May 1, year prior to desired admission
    Latest date: Application deadline is September 30 in year prior to desired admission

Application Fees: The TMDSAS has a flat fee. The College of Dentistry requires a secondary application but charges no additional processing fee for TMDSAS applicants.

It is to the applicant’s advantage to apply as early as possible. The TMDSAS online application is accessible beginning May 1 of the application cycle. The Office of Recruitment and Admissions strongly advises that you submit your application by late August. Selection for interviews begins in July, and this requires a transmitted complete application. TMDSAS will not transmit incomplete applications to the participating dental schools. A definition of the completed application is available on the TMDSAS website. The TMDSAS may take up to 6 weeks to process the application before sending it to the dental college.

The College of Dentistry requires the submission of a secondary application in addition to the primary application. This application can be accessed from links on the TMDSAS website or at the application site APP.

The application for admission is not complete until the secondary application is submitted.

Required Interview

An interview is required. The applicant may be asked to come for an interview with the Admissions Committee. Interviews are scheduled by the Office of Recruitment and Admissions. Although an official interview is not granted to all applicants, the college gladly provides complete information and counseling for all prospective students. Visits to the campus for tours of the facilities can be arranged during spring months.

Basis for Accepting Students

The quality of academic achievement is the first point of consideration. The grade point average (GPA) and the Dental Admission Test (DAT) are the primary factors used in this evaluation. The interview with the Admissions Committee gives the opportunity for evaluation of noncognitive factors. Preference is given to residents of Texas and the surrounding states that do not have a college of dentistry. Consideration of any factors that may have impacted academic or personal history is important in interview selection and final acceptance decisions. Consideration is also given to how the student may contribute to the diversity of the class. Additionally, applicants seeking to enter the dental school must be able to perform the essential functions required to complete the curriculum successfully.

Improving Chances for Admission

The application for admission to the College of Dentistry may be strengthened by the following:

  • keep the GPA as high as possible
  • make above average scores in all areas of the DAT
  • upper-division biological science courses similar to the foundational topics in the dental curriculum
  • give careful attention to details in filing the application - apply early
  • assure your personal statement explains your motivation for pursuing dentistry, including personal and academic achievements, hardships overcome and other factors that affected personal or academic progress
  • observation in a general practice dental office is required
  • participate in activities to improve manual dexterity and critical thinking abilities
  • take advantage of opportunities for community service and develop people skills and empathy for others
  • evaluate and be able to articulate your skills, abilities, attitudes, etc., to determine if you are motivated to make the commitment required for a career in dentistry

Comprehensive Review of Application

A comprehensive (whole-file review) of the application is performed to reveal characteristics critical to the practice of dentistry, factors that indicate success in the dental curriculum that are not evident from academic history or standardized test performance and potential for future contributions to the dental profession. They include:

  • motivation to pursue a career in dentistry
  • involvement in community service
  • observation or involvement in a dental office or clinic
  • involvement in a summer pre-dental preparatory program
  • letters of evaluation
  • communication capabilities including writing (as evidenced in personal statement) and conversational English proficiency
  • the applicant’s ability to contribute to the diversity of the class including their race or ethnicity, socioeconomic background, talents, life skills and experiences and special attributes
  • region in Texas in which applicant resides; all regions are sought after
  • residence in a Texas county designated as underserved by dental health professionals
  • employment while attending college
  • preparation to attend and succeed in post-secondary education
  • effect of parents’ educational background on student's success
  • applicant is first college attendee in his/her immediate family
  • history of extreme hardship
  • leadership positions held in societies or organizations
  • evidence of diverse cultural experience
  • multilingual capabilities

Becoming More Competitive as a Re-applicant

  • All re-applicants must be enrolled in coursework to be considered as a competitive candidate. We recommend taking post-baccalaureate coursework in the biological sciences to further prepare for the dental school curriculum, keep current with study skills and prove to the Admissions Committee the applicant’s motivation and preparedness (for example: anatomy, physiology, biochemistry II, microbiology, histology, neuroscience, cell and molecular biology, immunology).
  • Re-applicants need to critically review their applications for areas that may need further work: biological science coursework, DAT scores, GPA, community service and volunteer work, and general dental office shadowing experience.
  • Re-applicants should continue to participate in shadowing and on-going volunteer activities during the application cycle.
  • Re-applicants who follow this advice to improve their academic background and general application will be more competitive than those with little change from year to year.
  • Working in a dental office alone will not improve the applicant’s competitiveness.

More Information

For up to date information, please go to the College of Dentistry website. Select the section on Questions and Answers About Admissions to quickly access updated information and resources to further your knowledge of the admissions process. Go directly to Procedure for Application if you need specific directions on how to apply. To aid in planning and as a gauge for how you may compare to the “average” entering student, access the statistics in the matriculation reports of the recent entering classes.

Texas residents MUST apply through the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS). To access the full information and the online application, please visit TMDSAS.

Out-of-state applicants have three options. They may apply through the TMDSAS, through the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS), or with the application packet.

Please note: Out-of-state applicants who apply through the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) MUST also submit the College of Dentistry application.

If you have further questions, you may contact the Office of Recruitment and Admissions by email at admissions-dentistry@tamu.edu or by telephone at (214) 828-8231.

Texas A&M University College of Dentistry
Office of Recruitment and Admissions
3302 Gaston Ave., Room 525
Dallas, Texas 75246-2013

Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)

Duration

  • 4 years (includes 3 summer sessions)
  • D1 – Biomedical Sciences, Pre-clinical and Clinical Dentistry in an integrated format
  • D2 – Pre-clinical and Clinical Dentistry, with integrated foundational topics
  • D3 and D4 – Clinical Dentistry, with integrated foundational topics

(For specific information about the DDS curriculum, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs.)

Requirements

  • Dental Admissions Test (DAT), 90 semester hours (minimum; BS degree recommended), specific course requirements (see below)

Application Deadline: September 30

Start Term: Fall

The Integrated Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Admission Requirements

Admission into this combined program requires that the applicant be accepted into the DDS program first, and then make a separate application to the PhD in Oral Biology program. Applicants must be accepted into both degree programs (DDS and PhD). For more information, go to Graduate Program in Oral Biology and see the section The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in this catalog.