Admissions Policies

US and Canadian Applicants

Currently, admission to the orthodontic program involves three processes: Application through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service program (PASS), signing up with the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (National Match) and sending an application fee ($75) and photo directly to the Orthodontic Department.

The Department of Orthodontics at the University of Detroit Mercy Dental School accepts five students each year into the graduate program. Applications for admissions to the orthodontic program will be available in May through the PASS program at The application MUST be completed and returned to PASS no later than September 1st of the year preceding your desired registration. The completed PASS application should include all documents requested by PASS. On the PASS web site is a connecting link to the University of Detroit Mercy's orthodontic program. In addition, applicants MUST sign up with the National Match at to receive a MATCH number.

Please send directly to the University of Detroit Mercy the REQUIRED two additional materials listed below by September 1st. Failure to include these required materials will result in application rejection:

  1. $75.00 application fee paid directly to the University of Detroit Mercy, Orthodontic Department, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48208-2576.
  2. A passport size photograph (approximately 2"x2", with name on the back) sent directly to the University of Detroit Mercy with the application fee.

After preliminary screening, those candidates being considered for admission will be notified of a required interview appointment with members of the Orthodontic Admissions Committee. These interviews will be scheduled in early November. Upon notification of the National Match results in December and acceptance into the program a $1500 deposit is required.

During the period between January and July prior to the beginning of the formal program, each accepted student will be sent some preparatory materials, a reading list, and instructions so that he or she may be better prepared to begin their intensive training in Orthodontics.

Admission to the Orthodontics Program for all applicants graduating from ADA accredited US or Canadian dental schools is based on academic credentials as well as other appropriate credentials requested by PASS and the postgraduate orthodontic program. Candidates are not judged on race, religion, or national origin.

Foreign Dental School Applicants

At the present time all individuals in foreign countries may apply. All foreign applicants MUST take the TOEFL test. In addition, all applicants MUST take either the National Board Dental Exam (NBDE) Part 1 OR the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Graduates of foreign dental schools must demonstrate competence in the English language. Non-native English speakers are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based examination, 250 on the computer-based examination or 100 on the Internet-based examination.