AGE Applicants

The Advanced Graduate Education (AGE) programs at Harvard School of Dental Medicine lead to a master of medical sciences (MMSc) or doctor of medical sciences (DMSc) degree, as well as a certificate in a specialty field. The School considers a research experience an integral component of learning and preparation for a career in the field. The exploration of research at Harvard permits students to participate in a world-class environment that sets the standard for basic discoveries, clinical application, and research training in dental medicine. A project and thesis are required for both the MMSc and DMSc degrees.

Applicants can apply to one program per academic year. HSDM will not consider applicants for multiple programs.

While specific application requirements vary by academic program, there are certain general steps which any AGE applicant must complete:

1)      All applicants must possess a DDS or DMD degree or foreign equivalent 

2)      All applicants must submit an application through ADEA's PASS system. This application may be accessed at

3)      All applicants must submit the  HSDM AGE Supplemental Application directly to the Office of Admissions

4)      Applicants who have taken the National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) must submit an official NBDE transcript to Please refer to the program-specific checklists as each program contains different requirements for applying. 

5)      All applicants must submit an application fee of $80. Click here to pay the application fee.

*DO NOT send any transcripts, CVs, Portfolios to HSDM. Transcripts that are uploaded to PASS will suffice for the admissions process.

Here are the application deadline dates for the 2020 - 2021 AGE admissions cycle:

Program Deadline Date
December 15, 2020
November 1, 2020
August 1, 2020
February 1, 2021
August 30, 2020
November 1, 2020
October 1, 2020
August 1, 2020
August 31, 2020
September 15, 2020
December 15, 2020

*Orthodontics, Periodontology, and Prosthodontics will be participating in Match for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. Click here for more information on applying through Match.

TOEFL Exam Requirements 

Please be aware that any applicant whose native language is not English is required to submit TOEFL scores from a test taken within the past two years. The TOEFL exam can only be waived if BOTH the bachelor's degree and dental degree were obtained in the United States, Canada, Australia, or the United Kingdom. The minimum acceptable overall score is 95, with subcategory score minimums in the following areas: 

  • Reading 21
  • Listening 17
  • Speaking 24 
  • Writing 25

*All subcategory minimum scores must be satisfied. 

Scores should be sent directly to the AGE Office of Admissions from ETS. HSDM’s institution code is 3430.

Please note that all applicants to the Orthodontics program are required to submit official GRE scores.

All AGE programs will NOT require Advanced Dental Admissions Test (ADAT) scores for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. If the applicant has taken the ADAT we will accept them, but not for review of candidacy for an AGE program.

For more information about the AGE admissions process contact us by email or by phone at 617-432-1443. For application requirements and cost of attendance information for each individual program, please click on one of the below links: