​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. The application deadline is Aug. 15.

In addition to your application, you must submit an application fee (see below for payment information). 


  • DDS or DMD degree or foreign equivalent is required.
  • Only US and Canadian applicants are required to have passed Part 1 of the National Dental Board Examination (NBDE); Part 2 of the NBDE is recommended. Please submit official score reports via the ADEA-PASS application portal.
  • The Advanced Dental Admissions Test (ADAT) is not required. 
  • For foreign-trained dentists, a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 100 is required. The institution code for Columbia University College of Dental Medicine is 2094. Official score reports are submitted via the ADEA-PASS application portal.
    • Applicants can submit a TOEFL waiver request form to be exempt from the requirement if they have earned, or will earn prior to enrollment, a degree (master's or doctorate) completed at an international institution where English was the only language of instruction. Applicants that have obtained a master's or doctorate degree in the United States, Canada (except Quebec), Australia, United Kingdom, or other countries where English is the primary language should indicate the appropriate response on the TOEFL waiver request form. Complete and submit the form with the appropriate transcripts. Waiver requests will not be reviewed without the supporting documentation attached. Submit all documentation to cdm-pgadmissions@cumc.columbia.edu.
    • If you attended an Advanced Standing DDS/DMD program in the United States, you do not need to submit a TOEFL waiver request.
  • This program does not require the GRE.

Application Fee

There is $125 application fee for those applying to the program to be submitted by credit card at the same time you submit your application. For more information or to submit your payment, please visit our Postdoctoral Application Fee page. All application fees are non-refundable.

Dental Matching Program

The Postdoctoral Periodontics Program participates in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. The school’s match program number is 542558.


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

International Applicants

In addition to the application requirements described above, international students must provide official evaluation of all documents from foreign institutions that are presented as part of the application process. This 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

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


Attending this program in New York does not necessarily allow students without a DDS/DMD from an ADA-accredited program to practice dentistry in the United States. 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 this program is qualified for a United States DDS.

Application Questions

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