Penn Dental Medicine

Academic Programs & Admissions

Periodontic Residency » Admissions

A U.S. DMD/DDS degree is required for admission to all graduate dental education programs. Individuals who do not have a U.S. DMD/DDS (e.g. individuals holding a BDS or other international dental degrees) must have their credentials evaluated by an outside agency prior to their application being submitted and considered complete.

Applying to the Program

All students (U.S. and international) apply to the program through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) with the American Dental Education Association via the PASS web site.

Application Deadline: August 1 (for materials submitted to Penn Dental Medicine)

Note: See PASS web site for deadline for PASS application, which is later in August.

In addition to the PASS application, applicants are required to send the following documents to the Office of Graduate Education at Penn Dental Medicine for applications to be considered complete and presented to the Admissions Committee (these materials can be submitted in advance of completing the PASS application):

  • The Penn Dental Medicine Graduate Dental Education Supplemental Application (for the 2017-2018 Admissions cycle the process is changing and the supplemental application will not be available until April, 2017. Please visit our website frequently for the updated admission process.): the supplemental application must be completed in full and submitted directly to the Office of Graduate Dental Education at Penn Dental Medicine. A resume or curriculum vitae is not an appropriate substitution for the supplemental application. NIH Biosketch Format Sample Note: The biosketch is required only if you have an interest or applying to the Doctor of Science in Dentistry Program with the post-graduate specialty program.
  • A $90 non-refundable application fee – This fee must be submitted with the completed supplemental application; please note that the Office of Graduate Dental Education is unable, without exception, to waive this application fee. Checks or money orders (in U.S. currency) are payable to Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.
  • An official copy of dental school transcript.
  • An official copy of college transcript.
  • Official National Dental Board Scores (U.S. candidates only).
  • 2 × 2 photo.

Please submit the above credentials to: Office of Graduate Dental Education, Robert Schattner Center, Penn Dental Medicine, 240 S. 40th St., 3rd Floor Evans Building, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6030. All materials must be completed in full and received in the Office of Graduate Dental Education or postmarked by the August 1 deadline to ensure review by the Admissions Selection Committee. Make generous allowances for international mail. Late materials will be marked as such and not necessarily examined.

Personal interviews are also part of the selection process. Candidates will be contacted to schedule interviews as needed.

Additional Information for International Applicants

  • An official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report is required for all international applicants, except those from English speaking countries (Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and Canada). The TOEFL scores can be submitted with the supplemental application in a sealed envelope or directly from the ETS TOEFL agency. Scores may be submitted separately if you do not have them when you submit the Supplemental application. Penn Dental Medicine’s TOEFL Institution Code is 3143 and the Department Code is 38. Although there is no minimum TOEFL score, serious consideration will be given to applicants with Internet-based test (IBT) scores of 90 and above. For information and registration materials, visit the TOEFL web site.
  • All documents must be accompanied by a translation if in a language other than English; credentials and translations will not be considered official unless they are from accredited sources and are embossed/notarized by the issuing parties.
  • A U.S. DMD/DDS degree is required for all Graduate Dental Education Programs. Individuals who do not have a U.S. DMD/DDS (e.g. individuals holding a BDS or other international dental degrees) need to have their credentials evaluated to show that your degree is equivalent to a DMD/DDS and the equivalency must be documented on the report by the credentialing service. An application cannot be considered complete and processed without this credentialing documentation.
  • In addition, all accepted candidates are required to obtain training licensure from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, if you don’t hold a current dental license in the State of Pennsylvania. Those candidates accepted into a Graduate Dental Education Program that have met the DMD/DDS equivalency requirement, must forward the original credentialing evaluation to the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry for approval of the training licensure prior to matriculation into the program. For information on the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentisty approved credentialing agencies, please contact the Office of Graduate Dental Education, 215-898-5792 or
  • Penn Dental Medicine is unable to offer financial assistance, including loans, scholarships, and/or assistantship, to those who have residency outside of the United States. Foreign applicants who are accepted into the program must demonstrate proof of adequate personal financial resources to cover all years of the program before a Student Visa application is issued.
  • Foreign-trained dentists planning to practice dentistry in the United States after completion of a graduate dental education program, must complete a Program for Advanced Standing Students prior to being able to practice. For information on the Penn Dental Medicine Program for Advanced Standing Students, click here.

Reapplying to the Program

Individuals who were not accepted to a residency program in prior years are encouraged to reapply. Students will not be required to reapply through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) if they are reapplying within a three-year period. Students who wish to reapply to the graduate dental education programs need to complete/provide the following:

  • A letter of intent requesting reactivation of their earlier PASS application file (if within one year).
  • A new Penn Dental Medicine supplemental application and submission of the required documents and $90 application fee.
  • Any relevant documents and/or records that support any recent achievements or additional training.

Contact Information

Penn Dental Medicine
Robert Schattner Center
Admissions-Graduate Dental Education Programs
240 South 40th Street, 3rd Floor Evans Building
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6030
Phone: 215-898-5792

The Robert Schattner Center
University of Pennsylvania
School of Dental Medicine
240 South 40th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6030