Admissions Information

How to Apply

Students must apply to the program through the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS), via the PASS website. Application deadline is October 15th. Applicants are required to submit all materials to PASS by the application deadline. PASS is only able to forward applications when all requirements have been met. Applications submitted after the deadline or not completed by the deadline will not be processed by the Admissions Office.

Requirements

The AEGD program accepts applicants from US/Canadian accredited schools into the AEGD-NYP residency program as well as foreign-trained applicants into the Postdoctoral AEGD program. All candidates must possess a DDS/DMD degree or foreign equivalent prior to the start of the program. 

National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) and the Integrated National Board Dental Examination

  • Applicants that have completed their dental program (US/Canadian or International) Spring 2020 or prior must have taken and passed Part I & Part II at the time of the application. Candidates who have completed testing must request an official score report be submitted via the ADEA-PASS application portal by the application deadline of October 15th.
  • Applicants that are in the process of completing their dental program (US/Canadian or International) and have not taken the NBDE Part I or II must have taken and passed the INBDE prior to the application deadline. Candidates who have completed testing must request an official score report be submitted via the ADEA-PASS application portal by the application deadline of October 15th.

Advanced Dental Admissions Test (ADAT)

  • Submission of the ADAT will be optional, however it is recommended that candidates planning to test should schedule a testing appointment as soon as possible. Candidates who have completed testing must request an official score report be submitted via the ADEA-PASS application portal by the application deadline of October 15th.

Additional Requirements

  • Applicants are required to submit a minimum of four (4) recommendation letters: One (1) of the four letters must be an Institutional Evaluation letter and three (3) of the letters must be professional evalution letters from dental faculty. PASS allows up to five (5) recommendation letters: one (1) Institutional Evaluation letter and four (4) professional evaluation letters from dental faculty. All letters must be uploaded into the PASS application. Additional letters beyond the allowable amount in PASS will not be accepted if sent directly to the Admissions Office.
  • If you have a special circumstance regarding acceptable letters of recommendation, please send inquiries to cdm-pgadmissions@cumc.columbia.edu.
  • Applicants wishing to submit updated CVs or personal statements must contact the PASS helpdesk for assistance. These documents are not to be sent to the admissions office.
  • Submission of an application fee of $125 that must be submited by credit card at the same time you submit your application. For more information and credit card payment options, please visit our Postdoctoral Application Fee page. All application fees are non-refundable. No other method of payment will be accepted.
  • Submit a 2x2 passport size photograph in jpeg format to cdm-pgadmissions@cumc.columbia.edu.

In addition to the above application requirements - For US/Canadian trained applicants applying via the ADEA-PASS portal, the program code to select is AEGD120: 

  • Eligible applicants must be graduates of approved dental schools in the United States or Canada. International students that complete the postdoctoral AEGD program are not eligible for the NYP residency position. Columbia University Medical Center requires that all hired dental residents have either a US or Canadian dental degree. Candidates accepted as AEGD-NYP postdoctoral clinical fellows would receive a stipend of $52,704
  • Eligible applicants must be US Citizens, Permanent Residents or Canadian citizens. Visa holders who are foreign-trained dentists are not eligible for the NYP residency position.
  • The AEGD Program participates in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program and all US & Canadian trained applicants are required to register for the match. The school’s match program number is 327037.

In addition to the above application requirements - For foreign trained applicants applying via the ADEA-PASS portal, the program code to select is AEGD1567:

  • Submission of an official score report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of at least 100 is required. Applicants must be able to demonstrate adequate command of the english language in the following areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Offical score reports are to be submitted via the ADEA-PASS application portal at the time you are applying. Applications completed in PASS without submitting an official score report must have an official report requested via the Educational Testing Service (ETS) portal. The institution code for Columbia University - College of Dental Medicine is 2094. TOEFL scores cannot be more than two years old of the application deadline. "My Best" TOEFL scores are accepted and must be within two (2) years old of the application deadline.
  • Submission of official transcripts are to be sent via the ADEA-PASS portal. Transcript evaluations containing course-by-course assessments will be accepted from the organizations listed below.

World Education Services
P.O. Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY
(212) 966-6311
www.wes.org

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 92970
Milwaukee, WI 53202-0970
(414) 289-3400
www.ece.org

Tuition & Fees/Stipend

US & Canadian candidates in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program are registered as Postdoctoral Clinical Fellows in Dental Medicine appointed at the College of Dental Medicine. Residents will receive a stipend of $52,704; tuition and fees are waived. Foreign-trained candidates in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program are registered as Postdoctoral Students at the College of Dental Medicine. Review tuition and fees for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Licensing

Attending an AEGD program in New York does not necessarily allow students without a DDS/DMD from an ADA accredited program to practice dentistry in the US. You can review the American Dental Association website for licensure overview of specific state requirements. International candidates should review State Licensure for International Dentists.

Application Questions

Please review the Postdoctoral Program FAQs.  If you still have questions, please address them to cdm-pgadmissions@cumc.columbia.edu.