Doctor of Dental Medicine


2020-2021 Application Cycle information for prospective applicants in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:


The COVID-19 global pandemic of 2020 has presented institutions of higher education across the country with challenges in teaching and learning, as well as in the assessment of academic performance.  As a consequence of these challenges, The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine is committed to adapting and adjusting in response to the new challenges we now face.

Pitt Dental Medicine will take into account the important disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak when reviewing student transcripts and other admissions materials as part of their screening practice to ensure holistic reviews of individual applications and supporting materials. Specifically, we will accept online prerequisite coursework for the fall semester due to the challenges of Covid-19, and additionally, will require that all course grades moving forward be earned in a letter grade format to be considered to fulfill prerequisite coursework.

If a student's institution has instituted a pass/fail grading system for the fall semester, documentation will be required from the institution's registrar's office confirming this for such coursework to be considered.

This response by Pitt Dental Medicine is to ensure that no applicants are disadvantaged by the overarching decisions made by their colleges/universities as a result of this unprecedented public health event.


Frequently Asked Questions about the application process in response to COVID-19:

Delayed DAT: 

Pitt Dental Medicine will accept applications from applicants who were unable to take the DAT due to COVID-19 related test cancellations. At Pitt Dental Medicine, a holistic review of applications has always been our practice in the admissions process and we will continue to do so. For those affected, we will base decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of the application. Assuming that DAT testing resumes in the fall, Pitt Dental Medicine will require applicants to have taken the DAT before they are considered for admission to the Class of 2025. If DAT testing does not resume by October 1, 2020, Pitt Dental Medicine will reevaluate this requirement at that time. Applicants should not delay submitting their applications simply because a DAT score is not yet available.

Pass/Fail Grades:

Pitt Dental Medicine will be flexible in the grading requirement for pre-requisite coursework if an applicant attended a university that made system-wide grading changes due to COVID-19. We will accept Pass/Fail grades for Spring 2020 coursework taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 




Welcome to Pitt Dental Medicine

Students from Pennsylvania, across the country and around the world come to study at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. Among the best dental schools in the country, the School of Dental Medicine seeks only the most qualified students for admission to it's nationally recognized predoctoral and graduate academic programs. The central program at the school is the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program. Providing students with a solid evidence-based education in dental medicine, graduates of the program are well prepared to be practicing clinicians or researchers. The four-year predoctoral program begins at the White Coat Ceremony and leads to a Doctoral degree in Dental Medicine (DMD). Advanced dental education and residency programs are available to students, including the Oral Biology Graduate Program.