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 September 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.

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

You will get an email within several weeks of submitting your online application advising you of the completeness of your file. Please allow ample time to request documentation to be sent via the ADEA-PASS portal, such as transcripts, GRE results, etc.

Requirements

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

  • 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 September 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 by October 1st. Candidates who have completed testing must request an official score report be submitted via the ADEA-PASS application portal by the application deadline.

Advanced Dental Admissions Test (ADAT)

  • Advanced Dental Admissions Test (ADAT) will be optional. Candidates who have completed testing must request an official score report be submitted via the ADEA-PASS application portal by the application deadline.

GRE

  • All candidates must submit an official GRE score report. The GRE institution code for Columbia University College of Dental Medicine is 2094. Candidates who have completed testing must request an official score report directed to ETS to send scores.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • For Foreign trained dentists, a (TOEFL) score of at least 100 is required. All candidates must submit an official score report via the ADEA-PASS application portal. The institution code for Columbia University College of Dental Medicine is 2094. 

Additional Requirements

  • All applicants are required to submit a minimum of four (4) recommendation letters: One (1) must be an Institutional Evaluation letter, three (3) must be academic letters from dental school faculty or professional letters from dental professionals in a supervisory role. Any additional letters must be submitted directly to the PASS application. Additional letters will not be accepted if sent directly 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.
  • Official dental school transcripts are to be submitted via the ADEA-PASS portal. 

Interview

Some applicants will be chosen for admission interviews, which are required before acceptance.

Dental Matching Program

The Postdoctoral Orthodontics Program participates in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. The school’s match program number is 767474.

International Applicants

Besides the application requirements described above, international students must provide the following information:

  • Official evaluation of all documents from foreign institutions that are presented as part of the application process is required and should be submitted via the ADEA-PASS application portal. We will accept evaluations from the organizations listed below. Please address any questions about services directly to the organization. Evaluations must contain course-by-course assessments.

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

Licensing

Attending an orthodontic program in New York does not necessarily allow students without a DDS/DMD from an ADA accredited program to practice dentistry in the US. For more information about licensing issues, please contact the responsible State Department of Education or the American Dental Association.

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine does not and will not provide a letter certifying that an international student who has completed the Masters of Science in Orthodontics is qualified for a US DDS.

Application Questions

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