Application Deadline: July 1
Applicants must utilize the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) administered by the American Dental Education Association.
Click here to access the PASS application materials and instructions.
Prospective students have to include the following in their application to PASS:
- Unofficial transcripts from your dental school program
- Candidate essay
- A letter of recommendation / evaluation from the dean of your dental school (institutional evaluation)
- Two other letters of recommendation (professional evaluations)
- National Dental Board Examination Result (part 1 and, when available, part 2)
Application to the UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School is not required until after students have been selected for the program. This application typically opens on or after July 1.
All prospective residents must hold a DDS, DMD or equivalent degree from a dental school.
Additional training such as AGD, GPR or practice experience is recommended but not required.
Admission criteria are applied equally to all applicants regardless of race, sex, national origin or religion. Minority students are encouraged to apply.
In addition to the items included in the PASS application, international applicants must include:
- Foreign transcripts evaluation
- TOEFL examination scores
International students are required to take the TOEFL exam, with a minimum of 90 on the internet-based test, or the IELTS with a minimum score of 7.5. The exam score must be less than two years old.
Please follow the PASS instructions for submission of the scores to PASS. When you register for any tests, you should indicate the UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School (institution #5816) as a score recipient. If you did not specify the UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School as a score recipient at the time of taking the test, you must promptly ask ETS to send your scores to us (institution #5816). No departmental code is required.
Applicants should take the test no later than May to ensure that scores arrive by the application deadline.
When requested to do so by the UNC-CH Graduate School, international applicants must submit official academic records bearing the signature of the registrar or another academic official and either a raised or ink stamp or seal of the issuing institution. Records must be issued in the original language and be accompanied by certified English translations. International applicants must also submit verification that the degree has been awarded or a copy of the certificate of the degree award.
Every international applicant offered admission, including applicants who may receive teaching or research assistantships or other awards, must complete and upload the International Student Data Form and Financial Certification Instructions/Worksheet to their ConnectCarolina Student Center after being offered admission. The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will send you information and instructions for completing and uploading these forms in order to document that you meet necessary financial requirements.
International applicants in need of financial aid may write to the Institute of International Education, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017, or review the IIE website.
North Carolina Licensure/Intern Permit
Students who are not graduates of an ADA-accredited dental school must complete a simulation exam as part of their NC intern permit process. Such candidates must pass and complete the simulation exam within two months of their formal matriculation in the program. If a candidate does not pass the simulation exam within the two-month interval, they cannot advance in the clinical program and will be subject to dismissal from the program.
Program Director, Takashi Komabayashi, DDS, MDS, PhD
Olmsted Family Distinguished Professor