The McGill Dental program is one of ten dental programs in Canada and is considered the third-best dental school in Canada.
In 2022, the McGill dental school acceptance rate was 4%. Of the 860 undergraduate students that applied, only 32 were admitted into the program. The McGill 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
McGill University Dental School Prerequisites:
All students applying to the McGill dental program must have completed at least 4 years of undergraduate study. They must include the following coursers:
|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 half course|
|Physics *||✓||✓||1 full or 2 half courses|
McGill University Dental School Requirements: GPA Information
|Minimum GPA to Apply||Average GPA of Accepted Applicants|
All transferable postsecondary work completed as a full-time student taken during Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer Terms will be included in this calculation.
Winter 2020 grades will not be considered in the calculation of GPA, but completed courses will be counted towards degree totals as reported on the institution’s transcript.
McGill Dental School Requirements: Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) and CASPer
|CASPer Required||DAT Required||U.S. DAT Accepted||Mean Perceptual Ability Score||Mean Total Science Score||DAT Score Considered|
|✓||✓||✓||N/A||N/A||Most Recent Test|
You are required to write the CASPer Test for application to this school. The situational judgement test is valid for one admission cycle. Take it in the year of application submission.
The minimum score of 15 on the perceptual ability section must be met in order to be considered for admission into the McGill DMD program. The rest of your DAT score will not be used in determining an applicant’s ranking.
Additionally, in light of continued public health concerns regarding COVID-19, the Admissions Committee has decided to remove the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) as a requirement for entry in the undergraduate dental programs (D.M.D.) for fall 2023. This is an exceptional and temporary measure due to the pandemic and will likely not occur again.
Students looking to test their knowledge in preparation for the DAT can click on this link to access our free practice tests for both the Canadian DAT and American DAT. For those looking for DAT prep courses, we recommend those offered by the Princeton Review. They are a reputable long standing company that offers a variety of different course options to meet individual needs.
McGill Dental School Interview:
To determine which applicants will be invited for an interview, a candidate’s academic performance is weighted at 70%, CV is weighted at 10% and CASPER Test is weighted at 20%. Applicants invited for an interview will be interviewed using the multiple mini-interview (MMI) formats. MMIs consist of multiple stations that can be task-oriented simulation- or scenario-oriented or discussion-oriented.
Those looking for practice can check our posts on both MMI Practice Questions and Standard Interview Practice Questions here.
Offers of Admission Decision:
After the MMI, the final ranking of applicants is based 100% on the MMI score. That means once you are granted an interview spot, only your score on the interview matters for admission decisions.
Preference is given to applicants who are in-province residents. Typically 75% are in-province applicants. In 2019, 8 of the 38 were out of province. In 2020, 8 were Non-Quebec Canadians.
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
- Université de Montréal (UdeM) Dental School Requirements
- Dalhousie (Dal) University Dental School Requirements
We also have a comprehensive comparison of all 10 dental school requirements in Canada.