The Dalhousie Dental program is one of ten dental programs in Canada and is considered the fifth-best dental school in Canada.
In 2021, the Dalhousie dental school acceptance rate was 9%. Of the 449 undergraduate students who applied, only 40 were admitted into the program. The Dalhousie dental school requirements and admission statistics are categorized here in the priority of what an applicant must submit to be considered:
- Pre-requisite courses
- Minimum number of years of undergraduate study required
- Dentistry Admission Test (DAT)
- CASPer Test
- Personal Statement/ Essays
Dalhousie University Dental School Prerequisites:
All students applying to the Dalhousie dental program must have completed at least 2 years of undergraduate study. They must include the following courses:
|Prerequisite Course||Required||Lab Required||Credits Required|
|Biology||✓||✓||1 full or 2 half courses|
|Inorganic Chemistry||✓||✓||1 full or 2 half courses|
|Organic Chemistry||✓||✓||1 full or 2 half courses|
|Physics||✓||✓||1 full or 2 half courses|
|Biochemistry||✓||X||1 half course|
|MicroBiology||✓||X||1 half course|
|Physiology||✓||X||1 full or 2 half courses|
|Writing Course||✓||X||1 full or 2 half courses|
|Humanities and/or Social Science||✓||X||2 full or 4 half courses|
Dalhousie Dental School Requirements: GPA Information
|Minimum GPA to Apply||Average GPA of Accepted Applicants|
Dalhousie University Dental School Requirements: Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) and CASPer
|CASPer Required||DAT Required||U.S. DAT Accepted||Mean Academic Average Score||Mean Perceptual Ability Score||Mean Total Science Score||DAT Score Considered|
Your best scores on the Reading Comprehension, Science Total and Perceptual Ability components of repeated DATs are considered, using scores that are no more than two years old. Most successful applicants have scores of at least 15 on each component, and an average of all best scores of 21 or better.
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Dalhousie Dental School Interview:
Applicants with the highest university grades are selected for a panel interview. Interviews are conducted at the Faculty of Dentistry, by a team of 2-3 trained interviewers, using a structured interview format. Applicants with broad volunteer, work, and life experiences have the most to offer in an interview.
Those looking for practice can check our posts on both MMI Practice Questions and Standard Interview Practice Questions here.
Personal Statement and Letters of Reference:
You will be required to submit a supplemental information form outlining such things as your work and volunteer experience, group activities, and accomplishments must be submitted as part of your application package.
In addition to this, applicants who are invited for an interview are required to submit three confidential evaluations. At least one reference must be provided by a university instructor who has taught the applicant. Other references may be from non-relatives with whom the applicant has worked or volunteered, or from community members who know the applicant.
Offers of Admission Decision:
The process in which all requirements submitted to the University is used in final admission offers has not been disclosed by the University.
Requirements for other Dental Schools in Canada:
If you would like an in-depth analysis of the dental school requirements for other dental schools in Canada click on the links below:
- University of Toronto (UofT) Dental School Requirements
- University of Western Ontario (UWO) Dental School Requirements
- University of Alberta Dental (UofA) School Requirements
- University of Manitoba (UofM) Dental School Requirements
- University of British Columbia (UBC) Dental School Requirements
- University of Saskatchewan (UofS) Dental School Requirements
- Université Laval Dental School Requirements
- McGill University Dental School Requirements
- Université de Montréal (UdeM) Dental School Requirements
We also have a comprehensive comparison of all 10 dental school requirements in Canada.