Admissions Overview

Learn about the application process, see an overview of our programs, and find estimated cost of attendance.

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Are you unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL because of a testing site closure?

The university has updated its policy on English language proficiency requirements for students affected by the closure of testing sites for TOEFL, IELTS and PTE.  The University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s website.

How to Apply

Application procedures for each program vary, but there are certain steps that relate to all applicants.

Step 1. Confirm the Deadline and Review Application Materials

See the chart and corresponding links below to confirm the appropriate electronic application and deadline.  Please check the program’s admissions page for a list of required application materials.

Step 2. Submit the Application Fee, If Applicable

Candidates must submit the $50 application fee to each program for which an application is submitted. Exceptions are the following residency programs: Pediatric Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and AEGD.

For Applicants Whose Native Language Is Not English

A minimum TOEFL score of 79 is required. Programs using the UB application will also accept IELTS scores with a minimum overall score of 6.5  UB's school code is 2925.

GRE Requirements

The GRE is required for the following programs: Biomaterials, Oral Biology and Orthodontics. UB’s school code is 2925.

Contact Admissions

Advanced Education Admissions
School of Dental Medicine
315 Squire Hall
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY   14214

Phone: (716) 829-6927
Fax: (716) 829-2731


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Application Process and Deadlines

Program Certificate MS PhD Application Process Application Cycle for 2021 Enrollment
Advanced Education in 
General Dentistry
√ **    

Trained  US/Canada: PASS


PASS dates: May 14 - October 15, 2020

UB App opens July 1, 2020

Applications accepted for Spring & Fall; Please see website
Endodontics √      PASS May 14 - August 1, 2020
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology √ *     UB June 1 - November 15, 2020
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery √ & MD degree     PASS May 14 - October 15, 2020
Oral Biology     UB August 1, 2020- February 1, 2021
Oral Sciences     UB July 1, 2020 - April 1, 2021
Orthodontics   PASS May 14 - August 15, 2020
Pediatric Dentistry √      PASS May 14 - October 1, 2020
Periodontics  *     UB May 14 - August 31, 2020
Prosthodontics √ *     UB May 14 - August 15, 2020
TMD and Orofacial Pain Program √ **     UB July 1 - December 1, 2020

* See program-specific page to learn about dual-enrollment option or requirement with the MS in Oral Sciences or Biomaterials; or PhD in Oral Biology; separate application must be made to each program.

** AEGD International Scholars must simultaneously enroll in the MS in Oral Sciences or Biomaterials program; separate application must be made to each program.

Cost of Attendance

View estimated expenses. Please note that exact costs may vary, depending on the program. View each program’s page on this website for more details. 

Advanced Education General Expenses, 2020/2021 School Year *

  NY State Resident Out-of-State US Resident International Non-US Resident
University Tuition $11,310 $23,100 $23,100
   UB Fees & Other Costs      
   Broad-Based UB fees $2822 $2822 $2822
   Medical Insurance $2,298 $2,298 $1,792
   Books & Supplies $1,422 $1,422 $1,422
   Direct Loan Origination Fee $109 $109  
   International Student Fee     $200
 Fees & Costs Sub Total $6,651 $6,651 $6,236


University Tuition plus Fees & Costs 











Estimated Living Expenses (9.5 Months)

Living Alllowances, Transportation and Personal Expenses

TOTAL: Tuition, Fees & Living for students in Biomaterials, Oral Biology, Oral Sciences and AEGD International Scholars Program
  $37,635 $49,425 $49,010



School Clinical Fees      
Clinic Management System (CMS) Fee* $10,000
Post-Graduate Fee** $7,000
TOTAL: Tuition, Fees & Living for students in Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Orofacial Pain, Orthodontics, Periodontics and Prosthodontics. Additional expenses may be required for program completion (e.g. special supplies); contact program for information.
  **All Endodontics students: Add $2,000 for sterilization and equipment fees
Total Cost (incudes Living Expenses plus 
Tuition and Fees)
$54,635 $66,425 $66,010
  NYS resident Out-of-State Resident International Non-US Resident

Explanation of Fees

  • Broad-based UB Fees: Charged to all UB Students.  Includes Student Activity Fee, Comprehensive Fee, and Academic Excellence and Success Fee.  More information available:
  • Medical Insurance Premium: Waived for students who document appropriate, alternative coverage.
  • Books & Supplies: Estimate; based on course requirements.      
  • *CMS Fee: To cover dental instrument sterilization, maintenance & replacement and to support clinic computing costs; does not apply to Orofacial Pain.
  • **Post-Graduate Fee: For expenditures, equipment, computers, instruments, and supplies needed for higher level course instruction; does not apply to Oral Pathology.
  • International Student Fee: ($100/Semester) Applicable to all matriculated international students.
  • For more information:

NOTE: The tuition and fee rates shown are subject to change without prior notice pending official approval from the SUNY Board of Trustees.

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I find out what programs you offer?

We offer a dozen advanced dental education programs and they are highlighted on this the School of Dental Medicine page.  Please note that application deadlines, procedures and requirements vary by program.

Can I enroll in more than one program?

Yes, many students simultaneously pursue an academic degree to enhance their research exposure during clinical training.  If you are interested in this option, be sure to visit program specific websites for additional information.  You will need to submit separate applications and fees for each program of interest.

Does your School provide application fee waivers?

In some instances, fee waivers are available to U.S. citizens or current permanent residents as permissible by the University.

Where can I find information regarding tuition and fees?

The general cost of attendance budget is provided above on this webpage; be sure to see program specific websites for more details in the section entitled "Cost of Attendance" where additional program specific costs may be outlined.  See notes below:

  • Students in degree-bearing programs pay the University’s Graduate Student tuition rates. 
  • Residents enrolled as students in clinical programs pay additional fees for participation in clinic training. 

  • Paid residents are employees and do not pay tuition or fees as explained on the applicable program pages.

Does training in your advanced clinical programs qualify me to get licensed for dental practice in the US?

No, students and residents who enter our programs without a license to practice in the US do not become eligible for licensure by virtue of participation in our clinical programs.  For instance, students who enter with a BDS degree do not become qualified to sit for the NBDE licensing exam at the conclusion of their training.  We recommend that you contact the relevant licensing body for specific questions about eligibility requirements for licensure to practice.

You may want to consider our International Dentist Program (IDP).  This program is for internationally trained dentists who seek to practice dentistry in the United States.  More information is available here:




Do I need to submit letters of recommendation?

Yes.  Please see program specific websites for details in the "How to Apply" section  Check the requirements for your program(s) of interest to find out what letters are required, how many are needed and by whom they should be written.

Where should I send my letters of recommendation?

Recommenders need to submit letters of recommendation electronically.  PASS applicants must follow ADEA instructions.  Applicants to programs that use the UB application must provide contact information for each person providing a recommendation; recommenders will receive electronic requests after you provide email addresses.


Do I need to submit official transcripts with my UB application?

PASS applicants should follow ADEA instructions regarding transcripts.  Candidates applying for programs with the UB application do not need to send official transcripts.  Unofficial copies fro all previous institutions must be uploaded with the application.  Official transcripts from ALL previous institutions must be submitted prior to matriculation at the University; UB transcripts are automatically provided the University on behalf of our alumni.  

Is the Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES) required with transcripts?

Yes, a transcript service is required and ECE is typically preferred; the report type needed is the course-by-course report.   

Is there a minimum GPA requirement and how are GPAs outside a 4.0 scale considered?

An undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required for matriculation to UB graduate programs.  GPAs outside a 4.0 scale are converted by the admissions office.  Internationally trained candidates should submit an ECE or WES to facilitate confirmation of the GPA.


Am I eligible to apply to your clinical programs if I earned a dental degree outside the US or Canada?

Students seeking admission to our clinical programs are accepted with dental degrees including: BDS, DDS, DMD and MBBS.  Please see program specific websites for details on educational requirements since these vary by program.

Do your programs require GRE scores?

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for the following programs: Biomaterials, Oral Biology and Orthodontics.  Unofficial score reports are acceptable during the application process.  Upon acceptance, official scores must be sent using our Institution Code: 2925.

Do I need to submit official Board Scores (NBDE 1 & 2) with my application?

Some programs using PASS require the NBDE.  Programs using the UB application do not require NBDE scores but there is an option to include them with your application packet.  Please see program specific requirements on admissions pages for additional information and applicability.



Are international students accepted to your programs?*

Yes, the School of Dental Medicine offers a variety of advanced education programs with students/residents from all over the world.  Please see program websites for more details. *Be sure that the name on your application exactly matches the name on your passport.

How do I get a student visa to study at UB?

You do not need a visa to apply to our programs.  Once you apply and are admitted to UB, the Office of International Admissions will issue an I-20 to you.  The I-20 is the Certificate of Visa Eligibility form that you will need to apply for an F-1 student visa.  Additional resources for international students are available through the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.

How do I verify my financial ability to attend UB?

Candidates using the UB application must complete the Universitys Financial Form to indicate funding sources at time of application; bank statements are not required. Upon acceptance, all students (including those using the PASS application system) are required to provide documentation to verify sources to cover educational costs.

Do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam?

Yes.  Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English Language proficiency with an appropriate exam score less than two years old; score report copies are accepted with application.  The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is accepted with the University's minimum score requirement of 79.  Candidates applying via the UB application may submit an IELTS score report with a minimum overall score of 6.5  Upon acceptance, official scores must be sent to UB using Institution Code: 2925.  


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