List of Dental Schools in Canada

Let’s take a comprehensive look at all ten dental schools in Canada and what makes each one unique. There are two dental schools in Ontario and eight dental schools outside of Ontario. Of the eight dental schools outside of Ontario, two are Francophone and give instructions only in French.

If you’re thinking of applying to any of these programs we encourage you to visit our pages about dental school requirements, tuition costs, and rankings.

Dental Schools in Canada (Quick Facts):

UniversityEntering Class SizeProgram Length (Years)Year OpenedAre Combined Degrees Offered?
University of Toronto9641875PhD,  MSc
University of Western Ontario5641965PhD
University of Alberta3241917PhD, MBA, MPH, MS, BA/BS, others
University of Manitoba2941958BA/BS
University of British Columbia56-6041964None
McGill University3841821None
Dalhousie University4041908MS
University of Saskatchewan3441965BSc. Dentistry
Université de Montréal8951904None
Université Laval5041971MS

All the dental schools in Canada are public. There are no private dental schools in Canada.

All Canadian dental schools are located in an urban setting. All offer on-campus housing except for the University of Manitoba. The dental programs start either in August or September, depending on the school. 

All dental schools in Canada offer either a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree. These degrees are the same, there are no educational or legal differences. 

Dental Schools in Ontario

University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry

University of Toronto

The Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto (founded in 1875) is the only dental school in Canada to offer clinical training in all 10 dental specialty disciplines: dental anesthesia, dental public health, endodontics, oral pathology, oral radiology, orthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, pediatric dentistry, periodontology, and prosthodontics. The program is designed to concurrently teach professional and scientific development throughout all four years of the program. It involves intensive clinical studies of each dental discipline and clinical experience in the later years of the program. Click here for the requirements for admission to the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry.

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Western University Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

Western University

At the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry Western (founded in 1965) students will be educated through scholarly inquiry, innovation, and research. This four-year dental program will teach students about the basic medical/dental sciences and include clinically focused hospital electives and rotations. This will help create dental students who are able to work in diverse communities with a comprehensive knowledge of the application of dental care to patients in a clinical setting. Click here for the requirements for admission to the Western University Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

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Dental Schools in Canada: Outside of Ontario

University of Alberta School of Dentistry

University of Alberta

The University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry (founded 1917) offers a four-year DDS program, a two-year advanced placement program for dentistry graduates of nonaccredited dental programs, and a two-year master of science in orthodontics. The dental school’s first and second year of the curriculum will be taught in combination with the UofA medical program. The program you will be taught in various blocks that cover infection, immunity and inflammation, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, pulmonary and renal system, gastroenterology and nutrition, musculoskeletal system, neuroscience, and oncology. Students will also be given the opportunity to work in the UofA dental clinic and hospitals throughout their education. Click here for the requirements for admission to the University of Alberta School of Dentistry.

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University of Manitoba Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry

University of Manitoba

The College of Dentistry Doctor of Dental Medicine program at the University of Manitoba (founded in 1958) is a four-year degree that includes extensive clinical experiences. Over the course of the curriculum, the program shifts towards independent guided performance in simulated settings working with dental hygiene student partners. Students will learn knowledge of basic biomedical, behavioural, and clinical sciences as well as cognitive and behavioural skills and professional and ethical values. Click here for the requirements for admission to the University of Manitoba Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry

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University of British Columbia Faculty of Dentistry

University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia Faculty of Dentistry (founded 1964) embodies the core values of collaboration and partnership, mindfulness, and shared responsibilities. Students will learn the fundamentals and principles of basic biological sciences that underlie the practice of dentistry and also learn about the ethics, social, and professional responsibilities to the communities they practice in. Students will learn through clinical instructions and participate in integrated group practices managed by faculty members. Click here for the requirements for admission to the University of British Columbia Faculty of Dentistry.

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McGill University Faculty of Dentistry

McGill University

The McGill University Faculty of Dentistry (founded 1821) is committed to maintaining a leadership role in oral health education, scientific research, and the promotion of oral health and quality of life in patients with an emphasis on the needs of the under-served communities and individuals. The first 16 months of the program include learning the fundamentals of medicine and dentistry in conjunction with the faculty of medicine. This is followed by 7 months of pre-clinical training followed by 2 years of clinical training rotating through various hospital departments including oral and maxillofacial, surgery, and pediatric dentistry. Click here for the requirements for admission to the McGill University Faculty of Dentistry.

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Dalhousie University Faculty of Dentistry

Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Dentistry (founded 1908) is dedicated to creating ethical, compassionate, caring, and knowledgeable dental practitioners. Clinical experiences begin in the first year of the program and integrate biological, behavioural, and dental sciences with the introduction to patient treatment right away. Clinical treatment will continue to receive greater emphasis in second year with total patient care philosophy being covered in third and fourth year. Click here for the requirements for admission to the Dalhousie University Faculty of Dentistry.

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University of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry

University of Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry (founded 1965) is a dynamic college that provides students with a well-balanced education involving preclinical and scholarly endeavours. Students will learn the basic sciences in early years, followed by dental sciences at the end of second year, and procedures in clinical settings in later years. Click here for the requirements for admission to the University of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry.

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Université de Montréal Faculté de Médecine Dentaire

Université de Montréal

The Faculté de médecine dentaire (founded 1904) is one of two French-speaking dental schools in Canada. Being the longest of all dental programs it boasts a one-year multidisciplinary residency program and joint postgraduate program in biomedical sciences with the Faculté de Médicine. Learning of the basic sciences will be focused on in the first year of the program with clinical training starting in the second. In addition to clinical training in the later years of the program including, implantology, periodontics/endodontics, and constructive dentistry, this program also offers student exchange programs in international cooperation humanitarian projects. Click here for the requirements for admission to the Université de Montréal Faculté de Médecine Dentaire.

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Université Laval Faculté de Médecine Dentaire

Université de Montréal

The Faculté de Médecine Dentaire at L’Université Laval ( founded 1971) is one of the two French-speaking dental schools in Canada and offers advanced dental education programs such as a master’s degree in dental sciences, oral and maxillofacial surgery, periodontics, endodontics, and geriatric dentistry. Similar to most dental schools Laval’s program is split into two portions where the first two years are devoted to the basic and preclinical sciences while the last two years are devoted almost entirely to clinical work. Click here for the requirements for admission to the Université Laval Faculté de Médecine Dentaire.

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  • Website: fmd.ulaval.ca
  • Email: laurie.st-pierre@fmd.ulaval.ca
  • Phone: 418-656-2131, ext. 407624

Closing Thoughts on Dental Schools in Canada:

All dental school programs in Canada offer unique and highly qualified learning opportunities in dentistry. Depending on your location and values all programs are good options that you should consider as they all give you the tools needed to practice throughout Canada. If you’re thinking of applying to any of these programs definitely consider checking out some of our other pages on dental school requirements, tuition costs, and rankings as well as tips and tricks to succeed on the dental aptitude test.  

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