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DDS Program

Preparing the next generation of healthcare leaders

The goal of the predoctoral Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) curriculum is to educate healthcare professionals who value health promotion and possess the knowledge and skills to diagnose, manage, and prevent diseases, abnormalities, and other conditions affecting the oral and perioral tissues. The curriculum encompasses a broad understanding of the biomedical sciences, behavioral sciences, and clinical sciences, as well as social issues related to the general health and well-being of the public. The educational process develops and reinforces the dentist's ethical responsibility for the public and develops a keen sense of the role of the dentist as an integral member of the health professions team. Throughout their education, students are stimulated to model values and beliefs that demonstrate the commitment of the profession to the public welfare around the world.

This is accomplished by a curriculum that:

  • promotes decision-making that is evidence-based and reflects current knowledge in the biomedical and clinical sciences
  • emphasizes the integration of the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical sciences throughout the curriculum
  • promotes the concept of lifelong learning as a fundamental value in professional life
  • establishes the highest standards of ethics and professional conduct
  • is competency-based
  • fosters appreciation for multiculturalism and pluralism as elements of diversity in the United States as well as factors that influence healthcare behaviors and decision-making by the public
  • complements a comprehensive care delivery system that is patient-centered and values quality as its first priority.

Furthermore, it is a curriculum that is characterized by:

  • incorporation of pedagogy that fosters problem solving and critical thinking skills as a basic feature of the curriculum
  • flexibility to allow for enrichment, adaptability to learning styles, and developing alternate careers
  • recognition of the role of technology in the educational process and access to information for the efficient and effective practice of dentistry
  • continuous evaluation by appropriate outcome data to ensure quality and continuous improvement.

Students admitted to the DDS degree program enter a four-year, full-time program, accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.  

New Dual Degree/Certificate Programs

DDS/Online Certificate in Public Health (CPH) Program

New York University’s College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) and College of Global Public Health (CGPH) have created a joint DDS/Online Advanced Certificate in Public Health (CPH) Program through which dental students in academic good standing (GPA of 3.0 or higher) can complete both the DDS degree program and the certificate program in four years.


All third- and fourth-year dental students with a GPA (undergraduate and dental school) of 3.0 or higher are eligible. The CPH program includes 15 credits (five online courses, each three credits) of which dental students will have been granted nine credits. To earn the certificate in Global Public Health, enrolled DDS students must complete six additional credits.

After two years in the DDS program, if the CPH requirements are successfully completed, all 15 credits could be applied toward the MPH in Global Health Leadership should the student be interested in pursuing that option. Interested students can apply to take the outstanding MPH credits during the next three years concurrently with the remaining DDS requirements. The combined DDS/MPH program is five years in duration. Financial aid is available to qualified students. To view the requirements, please go to the DDS/MPH program page.

Incoming DDS students interested in pursuing the dual DDS/CPH option should contact the Office of Admissions at the College of Dentistry, at 212.998.9818. Currently enrolled DDS students should write to for more information. To view the online program, please to go the Advanced Certificate in Global Public Health program page at the College of Global Public Health.

DDS/MBA Dual Degree Program

The DDS/MBA program represents a partnership between the NYU College of Dentistry and NYU Stern School of Business to offer students in academic good standing (GPA of 3.5 or higher) the opportunity to pursue a DDS/MBA dual degree program in which students can complete both degrees within five years with a flexible format that balances coursework with clinical practice.

While the DDS and MBA degrees typically require six years of study when pursued independently, the dual degree program takes only five years because the first two years are spent at the College of Dentistry, and the last three years are divided between the College of Dentistry and Stern.


All incoming freshman dental students with a GPA (undergraduate and dental school) of 3.5 or higher are eligible to apply. The MBA program involves 51 credits instead of the usual 60 credits, because dental students will have been granted 9 credits. Financial aid is available to qualified students.

Structure of the Program:

DDS students complete two years of dental school and successfully complete the National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Part I. During calendar year three, students pursue 32 credits as students at the Stern School with one-day of practice at the dental school. During calendar years four and five, students are dually enrolled as full-time students at the dental school and part-time students at the business school

Incoming or freshman NYU dental students who are interested in the program can call 212.998.9818 for more information. Currently enrolled DDS program freshman students should email for more information. NYU dental students may enter the dual degree program in their freshman year. The GMAT/GRE requirement will be waived for DDS/MBA applicants. The program is limited to five students/year.  

Additional Degree Options

NYU College of Dentistry offers a seven-year combined degree program in dental education. The program is designed for strongly motivated high school graduates whose primary goal is dentistry; successful participation in the program leads to the Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees.

The first three years are spent primarily at the undergraduate institution and the remaining four at the College of Dentistry. The curriculum emphasizes behavioral and social sciences in order to meet the need for patient-oriented, broadly educated dental health professionals.

Candidates for the BA/DDS Program are expected to have outstanding high school records reflecting strong aptitude for advanced study. Candidates apply directly to the undergraduate institution.

Once accepted, students must maintain an honors grade point average in the undergraduate institution, meet the college's requirements for the baccalaureate degree, and satisfy admissions requirements of the College of Dentistry. Students are also expected to score well on the Dental Admissions Test, taken in October of the third year.

Students will be interviewed by the Admissions Committee of the College of Dentistry before being formally notified of acceptance. Candidates are given primary consideration by the College of Dentistry Admissions Committee, and the $80 application fee is waived.

Undergraduate institutions participating in the BA/DDS Program include:

  • New York University College of Arts and Science
  • Adelphi University

New York University

Application for admission to the BA/DDS Program at New York University may be made by requesting the Common application from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, New York University, 665 Broadway, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10012. For further information on applying, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (212) 998-4500.

Adelphi University

Application for admission to the joint degree BA/DDS program at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY, can be made by contacting the Adelphi Office of Undergraduate of Admissions at (800) 233-5744 or (516) 877-3050, or by visiting the Adelphi undergraduate admissions web site.  

NYU College of Dentistry, in a cooperative venture with fellow colleges of New York University, offers students in good academic standing the opportunity to pursue joint postgraduate study leading to both a DDS and an MPH in Global Public Health. Students must apply separately to both programs.

For more information on the MPH in Global Public Health, please visit the College of Global Public Health. Students interested in pursuing this combined degree program should contact the Office of Admissions at the College of Dentistry, (212) 998-9818, for further information.  

New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) offers an Advanced Standing into the DDS program for the internationally trained dentist who seeks to practice dentistry in the United States. Visit the Advanced Standing Program for International Dentists page >>>

For more information, please contact:
(212) 998-9818

Eugenia E. Mejia, MA, MEd, PhD
Assistant Dean for Admissions & Enrollment Management



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