Tufts Direct Application Process

The Office of Admissions processes the applications and facilitates the adherence to administrative policies designed to ensure equity in the treatment of all applicants. The respective department will only review applications when they are complete. In addition, interviews are only granted to individuals whose applications have been reviewed by post-graduate faculty.

Individuals applying to the following programs must submit a Tufts Direct application:

Below is a list of program deadlines. All programs will begin July 2016, with the exception of the Advanced Dental Technology and Research program that begins in July and January. Most departments conduct rolling admissions; it is therefore strongly advised to submit your application as early as possible. Late applications will be returned unprocessed without exception.

Program Tufts Direct Application Deadline
Advanced Dental Technology and Research Program September 1, 2015 for July 2016 start date. March 1, 2016 for January 2017
CM Disorders and Orofacial Pain March 1, 2016
Dental Education Learning and Teaching Academy (D.E.L.T.A.) Fellowship March 1, 2016
Dental Sleep Medicine February 1, 2016
Implant Dentistry Fellowship January 3, 2016
Master of Science in Dental Research March 1, 2016
Oral Medicine November 2, 2015

Individuals applying to the Advanced Education in Esthetic and Operative Dentistry, Advanced Education in General Dentistry, Endodontics, General Practice Residency, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontology or Prosthodontics must complete the PASS application.

Please be aware that applicants can submit no more than three applications during one application cycle. If an applicant submits materials for more than three programs, only the first three applications received will be processed. Any additional applications will be not be processed.

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Documents required in addition to the Tufts Direct Application – US Trained Dentists

Please do not complete the Tufts Direct application in addition to the PASS application. Individuals utilizing the Tufts Direct application must submit the following information directly to the Office of Admissions by the program deadline (Do not send materials directly to the department:

1)    A $85 fee (which must be paid through an online portal.  Instructions will be sent in the email confirming receipt of the application.) No other method of payment will be accepted.

2)    A 2″x2″ photograph;

3)    A copy of your curriculum vitae that includes a list of academic  honors, military service with dates (if applicable), membership in dental societies, extracurricular activities while in dental school (including continuing education courses), and any additional activities (including continuing education courses) since completing dental school (if applicable);

4)    A personal statement. Please address the aspect(s) of the selected postdoctoral program that interest(s) you and your plans after completion of the program;

5)    Three letters of recommendation (in English) from the following individuals: the dean of your dental school, a department chairperson or faculty member, and an additional reference of your choice.  The identified individual must hold (or have held) the title associated with his/her name.  Have the letters of reference returned to you in sealed and signed envelopes and forward them with your application;

6)    Official transcripts from all post-secondary education completed prior to enrolling in dental school. If the university awarded you a degree, the degree conferral must be included on the transcript;

7)    An official dental school transcript. If you have completed your degree, the degree conferral must be included on the transcript. If your university does not post your degree on the transcript, you must submit an official letter from the Registrar’s Office at  your dental school that verifies completion of the DMD or DDS degree. If applying to the Advanced Dental Technology program you are not required to have a DMD, DDS or BDS degree. 

8)    NBD Exam Results:

  • If you have graduated from your dental program Part I and II results must be submitted at the time of application.
  • Students who are still completing their dental education are required to submit NBD Part I results at the time of application and NBD Part II results prior to matriculation.

*Note that it can take four weeks once requested for the score results to be sent to our office.

You must also list your results, and the date you took the examination(s), on the designated section of the application form. Please visit http://www.ada.org/JCNDE.aspx to obtain a score report request form.

Adding a Master of Science in Dental Research:

If you are interested in pursuing a Master of Science degree in conjunction with a specialty program, you must submit a letter stating your intent directly to our office.  In 300-500 words an applicant should describe their research experience, the reason they want to pursue the Master of Science in Dental Research and ideas for a research topic.

The Office of Admissions at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine reserves the right to request additional information at any time to complete an assessment of a candidate’s abilities and capabilities.

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Documents required in addition to the Tufts Direct Application – Internationally Trained Dentists

1)    A $85 fee (which must be paid through an online portal.  Instructions will be sent in the email confirming receipt of the application.) No other method of payment will be accepted.

2)    A 2″x2″ photograph;

3)    A copy of your curriculum vitae that includes a list of academic  honors, military service with dates (if applicable), membership in dental societies, extracurricular activities while in dental school (including continuing education courses), and any additional activities (including continuing education courses) since completing dental school (if applicable);

4)    A personal statement. Please address the aspect(s) of the selected postdoctoral program that interest(s) you and your plans after completion of the program;

5)    Three letters of recommendation (in English) from the following individuals: the dean of your dental school, a department chairperson or faculty member, and an additional reference of your choice.  The identified individual must hold (or have held) the title associated with his/her name.  Have the letters of reference returned to you in sealed and signed envelopes and forward them with your application;

6)    Official transcripts from all post-secondary education completed prior to enrolling in dental school. If the university awarded you a degree, the degree conferral must be included on the transcript;

7)    An official dental school transcript. If you have completed your degree, the degree conferral must be included on the transcript. If your university does not post your degree on the transcript, you must submit an official letter from the Registrar’s Office at  your dental school that verifies completion of the DMD or DDS degree. Official dental school transcripts must be submitted directly to the program (unless supplied through the WES evaluation). If applying to the Advanced Dental Technology program, you are not required to have a DMD, DDS or BDS degree. 

8)    Submit an official report of an academic credentials evaluation (a course-by-course evaluation is required showing the degree earned).  Suggested providers of credentials evaluation are Educational Credential Evaluators – www.ece.org, and World Education Services – www.wes.org;

9)   If you are a foreign-trained applicant, you do not need to submit NDB examination results. If you have completed the examination, though, please submit your scores and list your results, and the date you took the examination(s), on the designated section of the application form. Exception: All foreign-trained applicants to the Endodontics,Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Orthodontics programs are encouraged to take and submit scores for Parts I and II of the National Dental Board Examination. Those foreign-trained applicants applying to the General Practice Residency program are required to submit scores for Parts I and II of the National Dental Board Examination.

10) Applicants to the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and must have graduated from a US dental institution.

11) Provide documentation that you have adequate assurance of receiving sufficient funds to meet the normal expenses of life at the university for the expected period of stay, or an agreed part of it, including the cost of transportation home;

12) If you are a foreign applicant, you must demonstrate adequate command of the English language in reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension. Evidence of proficiency in the English language can be demonstrated by:

  • Completion of the dental degree at a university in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the United Kingdom
  • Minimum scores achieved on the internet based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • Overall score of 90 or above with the following individual section minimums:
      • 25 Written
      • 24 Spoken
      • 21 Reading
      • 17 Listening
  • Minimum test scores of 7.0 achieved on the Academic format of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

**A TOEFL or IELTS score more than 2 years old on the date of the application deadline will no longer be valid. The requirement is mandatory, and any decisions made by the postgraduate department or Admissions Office may be rescinded if the required documentation is not provided by the requested date. To have your scores sent to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine use institution code 3902 and department code 38 on the TOEFL registration form.

For more information regarding the TOEFL contact: TOEFL Educational Testing Services, Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, or telephone 609-771-7760 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting. You may also visit the website at http://www.ets.org. For information on the IELTS please visit their website http://www.ielts.org/ .

Adding a Master of Science in Dental Research

If you are interested in pursuing a Master of Science degree in conjunction with a specialty program, you must submit a letter stating your intent directly to our office.  In 300-500 words an applicant should describe their research experience, the reason they want to pursue the Master of Science in Dental Research and ideas for a research topic.

The Office of Admissions at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine reserves the right to request additional information at any time to complete an assessment of a candidate’s abilities and capabilities.

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2015-16 Schedule of Fees

The fee schedule below shows the actual costs for the 2015-2016 academic year. Tuition and fees are revised yearly. Figures for the 2016-2017 year will be released in late May 2016. Please anticipate a 5% increase in billed costs per academic year. Instrument and central sterilization costs vary by department or specialty. Accepted students can determine actual costs by consulting the office of the program director or department chair.

Fees for the Certificate Program – 2015-2016 Academic Year

Tuition – $62,988
Student health insurance – $3,500
Health administration fee – $230

Applicants must meet the standards of health established by the university. For protection against hazards of illness or injury, and to comply with Massachusetts state law, the student must enroll in the university’s health insurance plan. Waiver of this requirement is possible if the student can demonstrate that comparable insurance coverage has been secured.

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Post Acceptance Requirements

Immunization Requirements

The School of Dental Medicine requires all students to complete the required immunizations before matriculation.

Please visit Immunizations Requirements for a complete list of requirements from the Student Advisory and Health Administration Office.

Criminal Background Check & Disciplinary History Requirements

All students accepted to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine will be required to submit a completed Dean’s Certification of Disciplinary History form and have a criminal background check completed. More information regarding both processes will be sent to accepted applicants at the time of admission. All offers of admission are contingent upon the Admissions Committee’s favorable review of these items.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Tufts does not discriminate in its educational programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct including acts of sexual violence such as rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation and coercion), gender identity and/or expression (including a transgender identity), sexual orientation, military or veteran status,  genetic information,  or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.  Retaliation is also prohibited.  Tufts will comply with state and federal laws such as M.G.L. c. 151B, Title IX, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and other similar laws that prohibit discrimination.  More detailed Tufts policies and procedures on this topic may be found in the OEO Policies and Procedures Handbook.

Unlawful discrimination has no place at Tufts University and offends the University’s core values which include a commitment to equal opportunity and inclusion.   All Tufts employees, faculty members, students and community members are expected to join with and uphold this commitment.

Any member of the Tufts University community has the right to raise concerns or make a complaint regarding discrimination under this policy without fear of retaliation.  Any and all inquiries regarding the application of this statement and related policies may be referred to:  Jill Zellmer, MSW, Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, Title IX and 504 Coordinator, at 617.627.3298 at 196 Boston Avenue, 3rd floor, Medford, MA or at Jill.Zellmer@tufts.edu    Anonymous complaints may also be made by reporting online at: http://tufts-oeo.ethicspoint.com/  As set forth in our policies, individuals may also file complaints with administrative agencies such as the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”).  The contact information for the local office of OCR is 617.289.0111 at Office for Civil Rights, Boston Office U.S. Department of Education, 8th Floor, 5 Post Office Square, Boston, MA 02109-3921.  The email address for OCR is OCR.Boston@ed.gov.

Please note that we also have a separate Non-Discrimination Policy.

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