Application Requirements and Procedures

Applications for the 2024-2025 academic year will be accepted between October 16, 2023 and April 12, 2024.

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All application materials and documents become property of Penn Dental Medicine and will not be returned to the applicant.

MOHS Program Application – All applicants must submit an application through the through the Penn Dental Medicine (PDM) applicant portal by April 12, 2024 for the class entering August 2024.

Application FeeA non-refundable application fee of $100 will be collected at the time of application. No application fee waivers are available.

Two Letters of Evaluation — One letter must come from the dean or director of the applicant’s dental school on letterhead stationery with original signature. One letter must come from a faculty member of the same institution on letterhead stationery with original signature. Letters of evaluation from evaluators will be requested electronically by the applicant while completing the application in the applicant portal.

Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Score – An official TOEFL score is required for all applicants (including native English speakers) who have received their dental degree from a non-U.S. dental school. Native English speakers may substitute the DAT Reading Comprehension score in lieu of the TOEFL exam. TOEFL scores from July 2018 and later are required for admission.

NBDE Scores – Not required but may be self-reported on the application and are not used for admission consideration.

Official Transcripts and ECE Course-by- Course EvaluationApplicants who received their post-secondary education in countries other than the U.S. or Canada must have sealed official transcripts mailed from the granting institution to the mailing address below. If official transcripts are not written in the English language, an original certified English translation is required. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted. Unfortunately, international transcripts cannot be sent electronically.

In addition to official transcripts from all international post-secondary schools attended, applicants must submit an Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) Course by Course evaluation from those schools in order to be considered for admission. Please review the ECE® official documentation requirements carefully, as they vary by country.

To request your report, visit and select Course-by-Course Evaluation Report. The report will be delivered electronically to PDM.

Application Process

The MOHS Admissions Selection Committee will review completed applications on a rolling basis. We recommend that applicants submit completed applications with all documents well in advance of the April 12 deadline for interview consideration. Interviews will begin in March and final decisions will be communicated in early May. All admitted candidates with be notified by email.

Final decisions for acceptance are based upon review of the application and results from the personal interview. Final acceptance will be determined by the members of the Admissions Committee. Admissions decisions will begin on rolling basis in May until the class is full. A class size of approximately up to ten students is anticipated for the class entering August 2024. Upon acceptance notification, applicants must submit a non-refundable deposit within several weeks of the date of acceptance. The acceptance deposit will be applied toward first semester tuition.

All admitted students will be required to undergo four criminal background checks in order to participate in clinical rotations as part of the curriculum. All admitted students must submit an official copy of the ECE Evaluation of their dental school transcript and submit official transcripts from colleges/universities for course work undertaken in the United States in order to matriculate.

For questions regarding the application process and procedures contact:

Office of Student Admissions
Penn Dental Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
240 South 40th Street, Room 122
Philadelphia, PA 19104