Dental School Information

Dentistry is fast becoming a popular profession for undegraduate science students. Like medical schools, dental schools look for well rounded students with outstanding academic and personal profiles. Admission is competitive so prepare early. 

In general, most Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Biochemistry provide you with the pre-requisites for dental school but you should check the websites of the schools that interest you to make sure that you are prepared. Your first year physics, chemistry and biology courses are usually included in pre-requisites, and the material covered also helps prepare you for your DAT exams.

For more information and specific details, visit the links below for the ten dental schools in Canada:

If you are interested in studying dentistry in French, there are two school which offer a completely French program:


Admission Requirements for Dental Schools in Canada

  • Alberta
    • 2 semesters of biology

    • 2 semesters of chemistry

    • 2 semesters of physics

    • 2 semesters of organic chemistry

    • 1 semester of biochemistry

    • 2 semesters of English

    • 1 semester of statistics

    • Cut off GPA = 3.0

    • Manual Dexterity score required

  • British Columbia
    • 2 semesters of biology

    • 2 semesters of chemistry

    • 2 semesters of physics

    • 2 semesters of organic chemistry

    • 2 semesters of English

    • Cut off GPA = 2.8

    • Lowest academic year dropped from calculation if 4 or more years completed

  • Manitoba
    • 2 semesters of biology

    • 2 semesters of chemistry

    • 2 semesters of physics

    • 2 semesters of organic chemistry

    • 2 semesters of English

    • 2 semesters of biochemistry

    • 2 semesters of humanities/social sciences

    • GPA is adjusted

    • Manual Dexterity score required

  • Dalhousie
    • 2 semesters of biology w/ labs

    • 2 semesters of chemistry w/labs

    • 2 semesters of physics w/labs

    • 2 semesters of organic chemistry w/labs

    • 1 semester each of biochemistry, microbiology, vertebrate physiology

    • 2 semesters of English

    • 4 semesters of humanities/social sciences

    • GPA is calculated using last two years
  • Toronto
    • 2 semesters of biochemistry

    • 2 semesters of human/mammalian physiology

    • 4 semesters of life sciences

    • 2 semesters of humanities/social sciences

    • Cut off GPA = 3.0

    • Academic Average & Perceptual Ability Test scores considered

  • Western
    • 1 semester of organic chemistry w/labs

    • 1 semester of biochemistry w/labs

    • 2 semesters of human/mammalian physiology

    • Cut off GPA = 3.7

  • McGill
    • 2 semesters of biology w/labs

    • 1 semester of chemistry w/ labs

    • 2 semesters of physics w/labs

    • 1 semester of organic chemistry w/labs

    • 1 semester of biochemistry & physiology are recommended

    • DAT score not required

  • Saskatchewan
    • 2 semesters of biology w/ labs

    • 1 semester of chemistry w/labs

    • 2 semesters of physics w/labs

    • 1 semester of organic chemistry w/labs

    • 2 semesters of social sciences

    • 1 semester each of molecular biochemistry & metabolic biochemistry

    • 2 semesters of human physiology

    • Cut off GPA = 2.7

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