Doctor of Dental Medicine


A course of didactic and clinical study leading to a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. For detailed information about the College of Dental Medicine, go to the Bulletin (academic catalog) or the College of Dental Medicine.


1.     Prerequisites

Subject Semester Hours
 General Chemistry
 Organic Chemistry
 Biology or Zoology 8

Science Electives
(Microbiology, Biochemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Genetics, etc.)

 All prerequisite coursework must be taken at a regionally accredited US institution. Courses not to exceed 60 semester hours can be taken at a community or technical college or online. All prerequisite coursework must be completed by matriculation in June. All science courses should be taken with the corresponding labs.

 2.     ADEA AADSAS application

 The following materials must be submitted through ADEA AADSAS. You do not need to have anything sent directly to MUSC.

  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended

Strong preference is given to applicants who have, or will have                            completed, four years of college coursework and have earned a                          bachelor's degree at a regionally accredited US institution prior to                      matriculation. In extremely rare circumstances a minimum of three                      years of exemplary college work, including an exceptional science GPA              and DAT scores, may be considered.

  • Official DAT scores

Official US DAT scores must be less than five years old. Canadian                      DAT scores are not accepted. It is recommended that you take the                      DAT early to allow ample time for official scores to be received or                        retesting if necessary. 

  • Letters of Recommendation

   A minimum of three individual letters of recommendation or one                     confidential committee letter are required. It is recommended that                   letters of recommendation come from those most familiar with the                 applicant (i.e. faculty member, dentist, leader or mentor in volunteer               organization, etc.)

3.     Supplemental MUSC application

 *Please note that both applications are required before the application will be marked complete and reviewed by the admissions committee.

*Applicants that have applied in previous years must submit new AADSAS and MUSC applications and should update all application materials for each new admissions cycle.

 Application Process

Applicants must complete the AADSAS application and the MUSC Supplemental Application before application materials will be reviewed and the applicant will be considered for an interview. For detailed information about admissions and the application process, please go to the Dental Medicine admissions webpage.

If you are interested in applying to the Dental Medicine Scientist Training Program (DMD/PhD), more information may be found here.

Use of Marijuana and/or CBD Products

Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug and is illegal to purchase in South Carolina. Apart from a narrow and limited scope of codified/documented medical exceptions, it is illegal for individuals to use marijuana/tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)  in South Carolina. Although cannabidiol (CBD) products may be purchased and used in South Carolina, please be aware that CBD products may contain higher levels of THC than represented on packaging and use of CBD products can result in a positive drug screen for THC/marijuana.  Be aware that current drug testing methods cannot accurately ascertain the origins of THC metabolites (i.e., whether from marijuana or CBD products). Your academic program has the authority to conduct random and/or scheduled drug testing; if your test result is reported as positive for THC metabolites (even if you only used a CBD product), your ability to be accepted into the program, progress in the program, and/or successfully complete the program may be negatively impacted.  

Application Deadlines

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Summer 2021 Regular July 1, 2020 Dec 15, 2020