Rady Faculty of Health Sciences - College of Dentistry

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To see a program overview, learn about the unique opportunities offered to students within this degree, and to connect to admission and faculty resource links, review the Dentistry program page.

D.M.D. Doctor of Dental Medicine

Year 1 (30 Credit Hours) Credit Hours
BIOL 1020 Biology 1: Principles and Themes 3
BIOL 1030 Biology 2: Biological Diversity, Function and Interactions 3
CHEM 1300 Structure and Modelling in Chemistry 3
CHEM 1310 Introduction to Physical Chemistry 3
PHYS 1020 (M) General Physics 1 or
PHYS 1050 Physics 1: Mechanics
PHYS 1030 (M) General Physics 2 or
PHYS 1070 Physics 2: Waves and Modern Physics
6 credit hours from the following:
ENGL 1200 (W) Representative Literary Works (6)
ENGL 1300 (W) Literature Since 1900 (6)
ENGL 1340 (W) Introduction to Literary Analysis (3)
ENGL 1400 (W) Thematic Approaches to the Style of Literature (3)
ENGL 0930 (W) English Composition (3)
ENGL 0940 (W) Writing About Literature (3)
Social Science or Humanities elective(s) 6
Total Credit Hours 30

Year 2 (30 Credit Hours) Credit Hours
CHEM 2210 Introductory Organic Chemistry 1 3
CHEM 2220 Introductory Organic Chemistry 2 3
CHEM 2360/MBIO 2360 Biochemistry 1 3
CHEM 2370/MBIO 2370 Biochemistry 2 3
Elective(s) 18
Total Credit Hours 30


  • BIOL 1020, BIOL 1030, CHEM 1300, and CHEM 1310 are prerequisites for required second year courses and should be completed in first year.
  • If choosing PHYS 1050, MATH 1500 (M) is a co-requisite. If choosing PHYS 1070, MATH 1700 (M) is a co-requisite. MATH 1500 (M) and MATH 1700 (M) will count towards electives.
  • Consider taking HEAL 1600 Health and Health Professions as an elective.
  • Choose electives from the Recommended Introductory Courses list. No specific elective courses are recommended. Choose electives that are of personal interest to you that you will be motivated to study and perform well in. 


Plan to transit or apply to another faculty after completing University 1.

Minimum Credit Hours: 60 credit hours of specific courses and two years of full-time (minimum 24 credit hours) study. See the Applicant Information Bulletin.
Minimum Course Load:

A regular session includes both Fall and Winter terms. Admission requires a minimum of 2 regular sessions with 24 new credit hours in each session (i.e. not including repeated courses, transfer credit, AP or IB credit. 

All admission requirements must be completed by the end of the winter term in the year of application.

Admission requirements may be completed in the Summer Session in the year prior to application (i.e. no summer session the year you plan to apply to Dentistry)

W Requirement: Required for admission, and will be met by ENGL courses.
M Requirement: Not required for admission. PHYS 1020 (M) and PHYS 1030 (M) meet the M requirement.
Minimum GPA:

Based on selection priority as listed in the Applicant Information Bulletin. Admission is competitive - a higher than minimum GPA is often required and varies each year depending on the applicant pool.

Additional Requirements:

Admission is restricted to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents.

Both an interview and the English Canadian Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) written by November prior to year of application are required. 

Selection Criteria:

A combination of grades, interview, and DAT scores are equally weighted.

Refer to the Applicant Information Bulletin for details with respect to assigning priorities based on applicant residency.

Applicants may be considered fro admission under different categories. See the Applicant Information Bulletin.


  • Biology 40S minimum 50% required.
  • Chemistry 40S minimum 50% required.
  • Math 40S (Pre-Calculus) minimum 50% required, or Math 40S (Applied) minimum 70% required.
  • Physics 40S minimum 50% required.


  • 6 years - 2 years of university study (60 credit hours), plus 4 years in Dentistry.


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May 2017
First Year Planning Guide