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 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 submit an application through ADEA's PASS system. This application may be accessed at

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

3)      Applicants who have taken the National Board Dental Eamination (NBDE) must submit an official NBDE transcript to

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

Here are the application deadline dates for the 2018 - 2019 AGE admissions cycle:

Program Deadline Date
December 15, 2018
November 1, 2018
August 15, 2018
February 1, 2019
September 1, 2018
November 1, 2018
October 1, 2018
August 1, 2018
September 1, 2018
September 15, 2018
December 15, 2018

*Orthodontics and Periodontology will be participating in Match for the 2018-2019 admissions cycle. Click here for more information on applying through Match.

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 minimum acceptable overall score is 95, with subcategory score minimums of Reading 21, Listening 17, Speaking 24, and Writing 25.

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

All AGE programs will NOT require Advanced Dental Admissions Test (ADAT) scores for the 2018-2019 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: