Prerequisites for Admission

Applicants for UCLA’s 4-year DDS program must have at least three years of coursework, with the majority of applicants having four. Likewise, applicants must have at least 90 semester units or 135 quarter units. All required courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or higher and must be completed no later than June 30th of the year you seek admission for.

Accredited community college course work is accepted, but limited to only 70 semester or 105 quarter units. Online classes for web-based education are not accepted.

Required courses with 1-year of a laboratory
component (2 sem./3 qtr.)
Inorganic/General Chemistry 8 12
Organic Chemistry 6 8
Physics 8 12
Biology 8 12


Required courses with no laboratory component SEMESTER HOURS QUARTER HOURS
English Composition 6 8
Introductory Psychology 3 4
Biochemistry 3 4


Other recommended courses that will be considered in an application are histology, physiology, human or comparative anatomy, social sciences, microbiology, communication, business, composition, technical writing, fine arts, philosophy, engineering, and classics.

Applicants must take their Dental Admission Test (DAT) no later than December 31 and within a 3-year period, including the current year applying. Canadian DATs are not accepted. Official score reports from the American Dental Association will be imported through the AADSAS application. Please do NOT fax or email unofficial score reports to the office.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The UCLA School of Dentistry adheres to and supports the UCLA non-discrimination policy related to admissions.

International Applicants

International undergraduate students who are eligible for a student visa must meet the regular requirements for admission to the UCLA School of Dentistry and complete all pre-dental prerequisites at an accredited U.S. college or university.

It should be noted that financial aid is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, so international applicants should not apply unless they have adequate funding for their educational and living expenses.

If you are an international dentist, you may be a good candidate for our:


We participate in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), which allows professional students who are residents of WICHE member states to enroll in programs at public institutions outside of their home state and pay up to 150 percent of resident tuition.

Contact Us

DDS Admissions Coordinator
Phone: (310) 794-7971