DDS Admissions Criteria

UMKC School of Dentistry considers a student’s academic record, personal statement, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, interview assessment and any other information provided by the candidate.

To apply a candidate must:

  • Have completed 90 college credit hours toward completion of a bachelor’s degree
  • Have at least a 3.0 science/math GPA and a 16 DAT academic average, though a science/math GPA of 3.4 or higher and a DAT average of 17 or higher is preferred
  • Be a citizen of the United States or a foreign national with a visa permitting permanent residence (only exception is for candidates who are part of the “UMKC-Kuwait Dental Agreement”)
  • Submit an application for admission with the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service. The centralized application includes candidate’s personal information, experiences, personal statement, coursework and recommendation letters. A minimum of three letters of recommendation or one pre-health advisory committee letter is required. If there is not a pre-health advisory committee at least one letter from a faculty member and one from a dentist is required.

The following reflect positively on a candidate’s application:

  • A minimum of 100 hours in 5 different settings exploring the profession of dentistry
  • A minimum of 100 hours of community service in 5 different settings exhibiting evidence of service and compassion
  • Demonstration of the ability to critically think and problem solve
  • Evidence of strong personal character
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to balance a demanding academic schedule with extracurricular activities and/or employment

Academic Prerequisites

One semester of the following, with lab, if lab is offered

  • General Biology
  • Anatomy (or Anatomy & Physiology I)
  • Physiology (or Anatomy & Physiology II)
  • Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry

First and second semesters of the following with lab, if lab is offered

  • Chemistry I &II
  • Organic Chemistry I & II
  • Physics I & II
  • English Composition I & II (or other writing intensive courses)

Additional recommended courses include histology, immunology, genetics, ethics, statistics, public health, social sciences, psychology, nutrition, business, communications, art, ceramics, 3-D design, and Spanish

Technical Standards

Candidates must attest to having the abilities and skills in the following areas to satisfactorily complete the curriculum: (1) Observation (2) Communication (3) Motor (4) Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities (5) Emotional and Behavioral Attributes. Full details available at Technical Standards.