Admissions & Application Process


We pride ourselves on the strength of our diversity, and applicants who graduate from ADA-accredited and non-ADA accredited (international) dental schools are encouraged to apply. General practice or other advanced training residency and experience in research are highly recommended.

All applicants to the NYU Dentistry Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics must pass the National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE) Parts I and Part II. Candidates can apply after passing the NBDE Part I, but will not be allowed to be enrolled in the program until proof of passage of the NBDE Part II is received by the program.

Applicants must apply through the Postdoctoral Application Support System (PASS). To apply please visit the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and follow all PASS application deadlines and guidelines.

Additionally, applicants must also apply to the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (MATCH).

Application Deadline and Process

The application deadline is August 15, 2019.

Please send the following documents to PASS:

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, including the Dean's Letter
  • Official dental school transcript 
  • National Board Dental Examination Parts I and II (NBDE) scores must be reported on the Dean’s Evaluation, or reported directly to PASS from the ADA. Part I must be taken to be considered for review and Part II before joining the program.
  • The Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) exam is accepted, but not required
  • A personal essay

Please send the following documents to NYU Dentistry:

  • Email a 2" x 2" photo in a .jpg or .jpeg format to Mara Zelaya
  • $100 (USD) non-refundable supplemental application fee:
    • For online payments, please visit our Application Fee Payment page. You will need your PASS ID number in order to process this payment.
    • You can also mail your application fee in the form of a personal check, money order or bank draft. Make the check payable to "NYU College of Dentistry" and mail to the following address:

NYU College of Dentistry
Office of Admissions
433 First Avenue, Suite 125
New York, NY 10010-4086
Attn: 2020 Orthodontics

Please Note:
The $100 (USD) non-refundable supplemental application fee is separate from PASS service fees.

Payment Guidelines for Canadian and Non-US Applicants

The non-refundable $100 application processing fee must be in U.S. dollars and may be paid by either money order or a check. If paying by check, please note that the check must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Checks must have a pre-printed denotation stating the check is being drawn from U.S. Funds. Please keep in mind that this means that U.S. funds cannot be handwritten by the account holder. 
  • The check must have a 9-digit U.S. routing number, usually located at the bottom of the check. 
  • The bank from which you are drafting the check must have an affiliated branch located in the United States.
  • The affiliated U.S. bank address must be pre-printed on the check.

International applicants

  • An official ECE course-by-course evaluation must be mailed or emailed directly to PASS by ECE.
  • All international applicants are required to take the TOEFL exam to be considered for admission.
    • The minimum required score is 100 or better on the iBT. No exceptions will be made.
    • Score must be self-reported on PASS. IELTS or any other English exam are not accepted. TOEFL exam scores are valid for only two years and must not expire before the program start date. The TOEFL exam will not be waived.
  • National Board Dental Examination Parts I and II (NBDE) must be reported directly to PASS from the ADA. Part I must be taken to be considered for review and Part II before joining the program.

*During the admissions process, please do not submit any official documents or score reports to NYU Dentistry, they will be requested upon admission to the program.

Correspondence regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to

For more information, please contact:

Olivier Nicolay, DDS, MMSc
Program Director and Clinical Associate Professor