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. The application cycle for 2015 programs will begin June 2, 2014.

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

Below is a list of program deadlines. All programs will begin July 2015, 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 Education in Esthetic and Operative Dentistry November 3, 2014
Advanced Dental Technology and Research Program September 2, 2014 for July 2015 start date. March 3, 2014 for January 2015 start date.
CM Disorders and Orofacial Pain March 2, 2015
Dental Sleep Medicine February 2, 2015
Implant Dentistry Fellowship January 2, 2015
Master of Science in Dental Research March 2, 2015

Individuals applying to the 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;

8)    NBD Exam Results:

  1. If you have graduated from your dental program Part I and II results must be submitted at the time of application.
  2. 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)

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 and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 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 or Orthodontics programs are required to submit scores for Parts I and II of the National Dental Board Examination.

10) 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;

11) 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:

  1. Completion of the dental degree at a university in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the United Kingdom
  2. 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
  1. 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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2013-14 Schedule of Fees

The fee schedule below shows the actual costs for the 2013-2014 academic year. Tuition and fees are revised yearly. Figures for the 2014-2015 year will be released in late May 2014. 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 – 2013-2014 Academic Year

Tuition – $58,866
Student health insurance – $3,516
Health administration fee – $224

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.

Equal Opportunity

Applicants for admission and employment, students, employees, sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with Tufts University are hereby notified that this institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries or complaints concerning Tufts University’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, or Section 504 is directed to contact the Medford/ Somerville campus, (617) 627-3298. The Special Assistant to the President/Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity has been designated by Tufts University to coordinate the institution’s efforts to comply with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Section 504. Any person may also contact the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. 20202, or the Director, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region One, Boston, Massachusetts 02109, regarding the institution’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, 34 C.F.R. Part 100; Title IX, 34 C.F.R. Part 106; Age Discrimination Act of 1975, 45 C.F.R. 90; or, Section 504, 34 C.F.R. Part 104.

Tufts has also formulated an administrative policy that educational and employment decisions be based on the principle of equal opportunity. The consideration of factors such as sex, race, color, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, veteran status, or handicap unrelated to a person’s ability, qualifications, and performance is inconsistent with this policy.

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