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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.  

Dual Degree/Certificate Programs

DDS/Online Certificate in Public Health (CPH) and DDS/MPH

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, 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 apply 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.

For more information on the CPH or MPH in Global Public Health, please visit the College of Global Public Health web site or write to

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.


Current dental students 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 a week 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.

Currently enrolled DDS 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 per year.

NYU College of Dentistry offers a seven-year combined degree program in dental education with the NYU College of Arts and Science and Adelphi University. 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 at the College of Dentistry before being formally notified of acceptance.

For more information, please contact

New York University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Adelphi University
Office of University Admissions
(800) 233-5744 (U.S.) or
(516) 877-3050 (international)

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, PhD
Assistant Dean, Admissions & Enrollment Management



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