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Dentistry, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The pre-doctoral curriculum is four years in length and covers the broad range of science, art and technology in contemporary dental practice. 

We believe all UCSF dental graduates deserve mastery in procedural and clinical skills coupled with laser-focused critical thinking to prepare them for the next steps in their career, whether clinical practice, research, academia, public sector, or some combination. 

Students, faculty and staff work as a team to provide scientifically based patient-centered care. We are proud to develop clinicians who graduate as competent dentists, and as men and women of science.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles of Interprofessional Practice I 
  • Structure of Cells, Tissues, and Organs 
  • Morphology, Restorative Techniques & Biomaterials 
  • Foundations of Scientific Inquiry 
  • Introduction to Comprehensive Care I 
  • Organ Systems and Human Pathophysiology 
  • Etiologies and Risk Factors in Dental Diseases 
  • Introduction to Comprehensive Care Ill 
  • Professional and Community Oral Health Issues 
  • Restorative Technique, Crown & Bridge & Biomaterials II 

For more information, please visit the programme website.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

Course Prerequisites

Students must complete a range of prerequisite coursework in order to be eligible for the DDS program. Some of these requirements may be satisfied with AP or IB tests.

In addition to the application, students should plan to send in 

  • transcripts, 
  • letters of recommendation,
  •  DAT scores,
  • application fees.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    61316 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 61316 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    61316 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 61316 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    49071 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 49071 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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