MOPH Program Application

All applicants for the 2024-2025 academic year must submit an application through the Penn Dental Medicine (PDM) applicant portal by July 31, 2024 for the class entering January 2025.

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


Minimum Requirements

A minimum of a bachelor’s degree must be completed at the time of planned matriculation in order to be eligible to apply to the program. If an advanced degree is listed on your application, the expectation is that it will be earned prior to matriculation.

This online program does not require, nor offer on-campus presence in the University of Pennsylvania campus. For international students, no U.S. student visa sponsorship is required nor offered.

The MOPH program will also enroll selected Penn Dental predoctoral students interested in completing the MOPH degree concurrent with their dental school education as dual degree DMD/MS students. Penn Dental predoctoral students are ineligible to apply to MOPH until the spring semester of their D1 year after receiving instruction from the Office of Academic Affairs.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $100 (USD) will be collected at the time of application. No application fee waivers are available.

Standardized Tests

The Program does not require the submission of standardized test scores with the exception of TOEFL for international applicants whose first language is not English.

International applicants whose first language is not English must provide a demonstration of their abilities in the English language by submitting the results of the Internet-based test (IBT) TOEFL test. Although there is no minimum TOEFL score, serious consideration will be given to applicants with Internet-based test (IBT) TOEFL scores of 100 and above. Penn Dental Medicine’s institution code is 2944. International students who obtained a degree from an English-language institution do not need to submit their TOEFL test scores.

Academic Documentation

Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended are required.

Applicants who received their post-secondary education in the U.S. and Canada have the option of sending their official transcripts electronically through a secure file transfer with e-transcript services Parchment and National Student Clearinghouse. Official transcripts can also be emailed securely from both Parchment and National Student Clearinghouse to Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted, nor will emailed transcripts from services other than Parchment or Student Clearinghouse. If electronic or email delivery of official transcripts through these services are unavailable at your institution, please have your sealed official transcripts set to the mailing address below.

Applicants 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.

Letters of Evaluation

Applicants must submit two letters of evaluation. These letters should be written by those most familiar with the applicant’s current or former studies, research interests, or work. Letters must be on official letterhead and bear the evaluator’s original signature. The Office of Admissions will not accept any letters of evaluation sent outside the application portal.

Curriculum Vitae

Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae that includes: education (undergraduate/postgraduate coursework); work experience; research and scholarly activities; presentations, manuscripts and bibliographies; extracurricular activities; and professional achievements.

Letter of Intent

The applicant must also submit a letter of intent addressing the following: 1) a brief summary of the candidate’s background, education, and current work, 2) a description of why the candidate is interested in pursuing the MOPH, and 3) a description of how the master’s degree will help the applicant to enhance their future career.

The Admissions Process

The MOPH Admissions Committee will review completed applications on a rolling basis. We recommend that applicants submit completed applications with all documents in advance of the December 2023 deadline for interview consideration. Interviews will begin early in December 2023, and all final decisions will be communicated by the end of December. Candidates will be notified of their admissions status by email.

Admitted candidates must submit a $2,000 non-refundable acceptance deposit which can be paid through the Penn Dental Medicine applicant portal. Acceptance deposits will be credited toward the first semester tuition payment. Admitted students will be required to complete several online knowledge-based compliance courses prior to the beginning of the program.

International Compliance

The MOPH program is offered by the University of Pennsylvania, an institution of higher education authorized to confer degrees and certificates conferring academic credit under applicable laws of the United States.  Students who are interested in participating in the program from countries other than the United States are advised that each jurisdiction may have its own laws and regulations governing online educational programs, and some jurisdictions may not recognize course credit or an online degree awarded by the University as satisfying local requirements for professional licensure, employment qualification, or other purposes. Before enrolling in this program, prospective students should investigate their jurisdiction’s treatment of foreign online programs to ensure that participation in this program will meet their objectives.

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For questions regarding the application process and procedures, contact:

University of Pennsylvania
School of Dental Medicine
Office of Student Admissions
240 South 40th Street, Room 122
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6030