Health Sciences Calendar
2005 - 2006

2.2 General Information

2.2.1 Admission Procedures and Requirements

The application for admission to the Faculty of Dentistry for the academic year 2006-07 will be available on-line in the fall of 2005 at Please consult this site, or the Faculty of Dentistry site, for the most recent application procedures.

Applicants who do not have access to the Web may contact the Administrative Assistant (Student Affairs) of the Faculty for information.

As the number of students in each class is limited, application should be made early. All documents, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, must be submitted by the deadlines given below. Each application must be accompanied by a non-refundable fee of $60 paid by credit card when applying via the Web or, if applying on a printed form, in the form of a certified cheque or money order payable to McGill University.

The results of all prerequisite subjects must be submitted to this Faculty prior to June 1 for August registration.

Canadian applicants are required to take the Canadian Dental Association Aptitude Test (DAT) and have the results sent to the Faculty. Students applying for admission to the four-year program in 2006 must complete this Test in the Fall prior to December 1, 2005. CEGEP students are not required to take the DAT to be considered for admission into the five-year Dent-P program; but will be required to take the DAT during the science year before entering the first year of the dental program. The Test should be retaken if it was written more than three years before the date of application. Detailed information may be obtained from the Administrator, Dental Aptitude Test Program, The Canadian Dental Association, 1815 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1G 3Y6, or on their Web site at

Candidates applying from the United States may take the American Dental Association Aptitude Test and have the results sent to the Faculty of Dentistry.

Candidates who have studied in a foreign country must have their transcripts evaluated by the Service des équivalences, Ministère des relations avec les citoyens et de l'immigration, 800, boulevard de Maisonneuve Est, room 200, Montreal, QC H2L 4L8. Telephone (514) 864-9191. E-mail: equivalences@mrci.gouv.

Final decisions are based on transcripts, DAT results, reference letters, autobiographical letter and interview.

For students accepted into the four-year program, notification of acceptance must be accompanied by a deposit of $2,000 (Canadian), which will be applied against tuition. Fifty percent (50%) of the deposit fee is refundable up to June 15, 2006.

For students accepted into the Dent-P program, notification of acceptance of the offer must be accompanied by a deposit of $1,000 (Canadian), which will be applied against tuition. The deposit is refundable up to June 15, 2006.

Deadlines for receipt of applications for admission to the 2006-07 academic year are:
November 15 -
for applicants whose residence is outside the province of Quebec.
January 15 -
for residents of Quebec applying to the four-year program.
March 1 -
for residents of Quebec applying to the Dent-P program. Four-Year Program

Applicants to the four-year program must have an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.

Applicants must have received an undergraduate degree, or be in the final year of a course of study at a recognized college or university leading to an undergraduate degree consisting of 120 credits over eight terms following completion of high school. However, students who have received a diploma of collegial studies (CEGEP) in the Province of Quebec must have completed 90 credits (six terms) in a Quebec university to obtain the required degree. Similarly, Quebec residents who, having received credit for their diploma of collegial studies, elect to complete their undergraduate degree outside the Province of Quebec (other Canadian provinces, U.S.A. or elsewhere) will be required to complete an undergraduate degree with a minimum of 90 credits (six terms) at the non-Quebec university to be eligible to apply. Students who fail to complete a DEC before transferring to a non-Quebec university must complete a four-year degree. Successful candidates must be in receipt of the bachelor's degree by the time of registration for the first year of the dental curriculum.

Although the Faculty attempts to ensure by means of the specific requirements listed below that all students have an adequate preparation in science, it also wishes to encourage students from a variety of backgrounds to select dentistry as a career. Prospective applicants are therefore advised to pursue courses of study, whether in the natural or social sciences or the humanities, which appeal to them and which have as their aim a broad education and intellectual training rather than merely anticipating the dental curriculum. In all programs of study, to be admissible, prospective applicants should have carried a full load of courses. Official transcripts must have numerical or letter grades. Narrative transcripts are not acceptable.

Specific requirements

One year (two terms) in each of the following courses, with laboratory:

- General Biology
- General Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Physics
It is important to note that in all of the above courses Pass/Fail grades are not acceptable.
Prerequisite courses completed more than eight years ago must be repeated. Exception may be made for applicants with advanced degrees in the material concerned.

University-level courses in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, and physiology are strongly recommended. Five-Year Program (Dent-P)

Prospective applicants who are citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada living in the province of Quebec and who are enrolled in the second and final year of the Sciences Profile of the Quebec Colleges of General and Professional Education (CEGEP) are eligible to apply for the five-year program.

Overall average, science course average, and individual course marks as well as the cote de rendement au collégial (cote r) is used in making the final decisions. A cote r of 32,000 or higher would be considered competitive.

Required courses are:
Biology - 00UK, 00XU
Chemistry - 00UL, 00UM, 00XV
Mathematics - 00UN, 00UP
Physics - 00UR, 00US, 00UT
Recommended course:
Chemistry 302 (or equivalent);
Those who do not take this course in CEGEP will be required to take an equivalent course in the first year of the program.
The Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) is NOT required for entry into the Dent-P program.
Applicants not admissible to the Dent-P program:
- applicants who are completing a Diploma of Collegial Studies in more than two years (with the exception of certain students taking a "double DEC" or those enrolled in an approved Sports-Études program);
- CEGEP students who have formerly been enrolled in college or university programs or in post-secondary technical schools, within or outside of the province, are not eligible to apply.
- Applicants who have already obtained a Diploma of Collegial Studies who are registered in an undergraduate degree program or who have completed an undergraduate degree are not eligible.

These students must fulfil the requirements for, and make application to, the four-year program.

In the first dental preparatory (Dent-P) year, the students are registered in the Faculty of Science. In addition to completing the specific requirements for entry into the four-year program, they must take a number of elective courses selected for the purpose of broadening and enriching their education.

It should be noted that there are more applicants for the five-year program than can be accepted. Unsuccessful applicants are ordinarily well qualified for admission into other undergraduate degree programs at McGill (e.g., B.A., B.Sc.). All applicants are advised to make application for an alternate program.

A student accepted to the five-year program will be required to register for a full year in the Faculty of Science. In that year, the student must take courses totalling 30 credits. Following the successful completion of this year, determined by a Student Promotions Committee, students will proceed into the first year of the four-year program. Students must obtain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 with all individual marks "B" or higher.
Required Courses
(6 credits)
BIOL 200
Molecular Biology
BIOL 201
Cell Biology and Metabolism
Elective Courses
(24 credits)
preferably in Humanities.
A student who has not taken Chemistry 302 in CEGEP will also be required to take an equivalent Organic Chemistry course.

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