Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)


Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) Degree Program

Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) Degree Program


The UMKC School of Dentistry educates competent and caring oral health care providers through a curriculum that combines the best of the classroom and clinic. Preclinical dental and biomedical courses give our students the solid conceptual foundation they will need to successfully practice dentistry. Beginning early in the first year and increasing throughout the four-year program, students work with peers and faculty to master the clinical skills required to deliver comprehensive oral health care. Students treat their assigned patients within a "team" system of clinic organization, which is a hallmark of this program.

If you are a college student with at least 90 hours of college credit or a college graduate, you may apply for admission to the D.D.S. program. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete a baccalaureate degree prior to starting their dental education. As a public institution financially supported by the state of Missouri, our first obligation is to qualified residents of Missouri. Additionally for many years we have had formal or informal agreements with the states of Kansas, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Hawaii to accept qualified residents of those states to our program.
Preferred consideration will be given to applicants who are residents of the states listed above. Applications from other states are welcome and are considered on an individual basis for highly qualified candidates.   

To apply for the D.D.S. program, you must submit an application through the American Dental Education Association’s application service (AADSAS). Although the UMKC deadline for submission is October 1, early applications are strongly recommended. A preference is given to applications received in the Office of Student Programs of the School of Dentistry prior to September 1. Keep in mind that AADSAS can take up to two months to process and deliver an application. Therefore, it is extremely important that you apply in June or July of the year prior to anticipated entry into dental school.

The admission process
is a selective one. A number of variables will be considered: academic credentials, Dental Admission Test scores, letters of recommendation, investigation of dentistry, community service and your written responses to a series of questions. In addition, an “invitation only" interview is a part of the selection process. To be sure you fully understand the admissions process, applicants are encouraged to thoroughly review the additional admissions guidelines available here.

This four-year program
begins in August and culminates with a doctor of dental surgery degree. Click here to view the curriculum in detail.

A Suggested Pre-Dental Schedule of Activities can be downloaded here.

Reserved Admission Reference:

The Reserved Admission Program for the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree at the UMKC School of Dentistry enables highly motivated, ambitious, talented Missouri and Kansas residents to pursue their dream of becoming a dentist. Admission to the UMKC School of Dentistry's DDS program is very competitive. Approximately 1,000 candidates apply every year for a limited number of seats. Reserved Admission Program students will have a reserved seat in a future UMKC DDS Program class.

As a Reserved Admission Program student, you can apply for admission directly to the School of Dentistry without going through the national computerized application service required of traditional DDS candidates. To be eligible for Reserved Admission you must have completed four semesters of college credit while being continuously enrolled in full-time course loads (a minimum of 15-18 credit hours per semester). Your science grade point average must be at least 3.60 in a degree-seeking program including prerequisite courses.

D.D.S. and Reserved Admissions Program Information:
For more information regarding the programs above and to be added to our prospective student database use this link - request Information.

If you prefer to call or write the office:
call 800-776-8652 or 816-235-2080, or write to:

Office of Student Programs
UMKC School of Dentistry
650 East 25th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

If you are interested in dentistry and research, you might consider our Dual Degree DDS/PhD Program.

Contact Info
Dr. M. P. Walker
Director of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences Graduate Programs
Please contact us at for information and further assistance

Diversity Programs and Activities

Student National Dental Association/Hispanic Dental Association(SNDA/HSDA)
Summer Dental Auxiliary Utilization (DAU) Program
Great Start Program

Dental Explorer Post
For information about the school’s Dental Explorer Post, click here.

Other links of interest
DDS Applicant Newsletter for Spring 2014
DDS Applicant Newsletter Archive
Upcoming Events
Dental Applicant FAQs
A Suggested Pre-Dental Schedule of Activities can be downloaded here.
Maps and directions to the School of Dentistry can be found here.
Information about the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) is available here.
Information about the national application service for applying to dental school (AADSAS) is available here.
UMKC School of Dentistry Catalog is available here.
School of Dentistry Academic Calendar (2014-2015)
School of Dentistry Academic Calendar (2015-2016)