AGE Applicants

How to Apply

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.

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

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

 Application deadlines for the 2020 - 2021 AGE admissions cycle:


Deadline Date

Dental Education

December 15, 2020

Dental Public Health

January 20, 2021


August 1, 2020

Geriatric Dentistry

February 1, 2021

Implant Dentistry

August 30, 2020

Oral Medicine

October 23, 2020

Oral Maxillofacial Pathology

October 1, 2020


August 31, 2020


August 31, 2020


September 15, 2020

Research Academy

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, Ireland, 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.

Learn more

Download a PDF of the AGE Admissions brochure for more information.
cover of brochure with AGE students

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:

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.

The following programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), and as such, meet the requirements for licensure in all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

  • Dental Public Health
  • Endodontics
  • Orthodontics
  • Oral Medicine
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics