Application Process


Applications to the Harvard School of Dental Medicine are available through the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) AADSAS application service. Visit for more information.


The deadline to apply for the 2018-2019 admissions cycle is December 15. Applications must be completed by January 1, 2019 to be considered for admission. A completed application consists of the AADSAS application, letters of recommendation, DAT, and HSDM application fee. Applications incomplete as of January 1, 2019 will be denied.

Application Components

AADSAS application

Official transcripts (submitted to AADSAS) - Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

Letters of recommendation (submitted via AADSAS) HSDM requires one letter of evaluation from a Pre-Health Committee or three individual letters of evaluation from faculty members who can speak to an applicant’s academic abilities and potential for success in the program. At least two of these letters must be from science professors.

Official DAT scores (submitted via AADSAS) - U.S. or Canadian

HSDM Application Fee* ($80 in U.S. funds; check, money order, or credit card accepted)  Once an application has been received, HSDM Admissions will email instructions for submitting an online payment. A non-refundable application fee must be submitted no later than December 15 to be considered for admission. Include the Applicant Name and AADSAS ID on the payment. Cash is not accepted. Please submit checks and money orders to:

Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Admissions: DMD Program
188 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

*Applicants who receive an AADSAS fee waiver are eligible for a waiver of the HSDM application fee. Email a copy of the AADSAS fee waiver to the Admissions Office at

The Admissions Committee reads all completed applications in their entirety. This process may take up to eight weeks, depending on the volume of applications to be screened. The greatest volume occurs in August, September, and October. HSDM has no minimum requirement for GPA or DAT scores; the Admissions Committee takes the entire application into consideration when deciding on the candidates to invite for an interview.



Application processing begins in August of each year. HSDM applicants will receive the following communications via email:

  • Acknowledgement of the receipt of the application
  • A one-time email detailing outstanding application materials
  • Notification when the application is complete and has been forwarded to the Admissions Committee for screening.


HSDM has no minimum GPA or DAT requirement; rather, all completed applications are read in their entirety to assess all aspects of a candidate’s academic and personal experience.

Applications are screened on a rolling basis by date of completion beginning in August until all completed applications are read by the Committee. Candidates denied in the screening process will be notified beginning December 1.


Candidates invited for interview will be notified by phone to select a date convenient for the applicant based on available HSDM interview dates. Interviews are ordinarily held on Mondays and Fridays beginning in late September and continue until all invited applicants complete the interview process (generally by the end of March). Invited candidates will be asked to submit the following in advance of their interview day:

  • HSDM Supplemental Questionnaire
  • 2x2 passport photo

For additional information about the interview process, click here.

Offers of Admission

By agreement among ADEA AADSAS schools, offers of admission begin December 1.  After December 1, offers are made on a rolling basis. Places in the entering class remain available until all invited candidates complete the interview process. The class selection is ordinarily completed in March.


Candidates placed on the Waitlist remain under consideration for admission until the class matriculates. The Waitlist is not ranked; rather, candidates are comprehensively reviewed again before admission is offered. Notification of admission from the Waitlist may occur at any time between March and July.  

Candidates who are denied admission based on the Committee review will be notified sometime after December 1. Candidates interviewed and denied after December will be notified on a rolling basis following the Committee review.