Foreign-Trained Applicants

Dentists who were trained in countries outside the United States but want to practice here may apply for advanced standing admissions. These candidates are required to complete three years of study at Marquette. Marquette admits foreign-trained dentists on a space-available basis. The number of spaces available each year is generally unknown until March. The program typically begins in May or August of each year. At the conclusion of the three-year program, the student receives a D.D.S. degree.

The application deadline for our Advanced Standing program is January 1. Potential applicants must apply using the Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists. The CAAPID application will open for the class beginning in August 2022 on March 5, 2021.

As part of their application packets, candidates are required to submit the following:

  • A detailed course-by-course evaluation of their dental school transcripts completed by ECE. This document should be submitted to CAAPID during the application process. If admitted, applicants are required to submit a copy of their evaluation directly from the evaluation agency.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (submitted to CAAPID).
  • TOEFL test results (optional) (reported on CAAPID application). If an applicant chooses to submit the TOEFL test, he/she is required to score an 80 or higher on the Internet-based TOEFL or a 213 or higher on the computer-based TOEFL (TOEFL code: 1448, dept. code: 00).
  • National Board, Part I or INBDE results are required. Applicants are required to pass the Part I or INBDE test before applying. Part II is not required. Applicants will report their score on the CAAPID application. If admitted, applicants are required to request that an official copy of their scores be sent directly to Marquette.
  • $45 application processing fee paid online by debit or credit card or echeck to the Marquette University School of Dentistry. A URL to pay the fee will be provided via email once application has been received. Marquette School of Dentistry will no longer accept personal checks or money orders.

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview with the Admissions Committee and a bench test.

Note: Any candidate accepted with advanced standing is required to complete three years of study at Marquette. These candidates join the rising freshman class after acceptance. Limited spaces are available on an annual basis.

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