Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)


Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) Degree Program

Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) Degree Program


The UMKC School of Dentistry educates competent and caring oral health care providers through a curriculum that combines the best of the classroom and clinic. Preclinical dental and biomedical courses give our students the solid conceptual foundation they will need to successfully practice dentistry. Beginning early in the first year and increasing throughout the four-year program, students work with peers and faculty to master the clinical skills required to deliver comprehensive oral health care. Students treat their assigned patients within a "team" system of clinic organization, which is a hallmark of this program.

If you are a college student with at least 90 hours of college credit or a college graduate, you may apply for admission to the D.D.S. program. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete a baccalaureate degree prior to starting their dental education. As a public institution financially supported by the state of Missouri, our first obligation is to qualified residents of Missouri. Additionally for many years we have had formal or informal agreements with the states of Kansas, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Hawaii to accept qualified residents of those states to our program.
Preferred consideration will be given to applicants who are residents of the states listed above. Applications from other states are welcome and are considered on an individual basis for highly qualified candidates.   

To apply for the D.D.S. program, you must submit an application through the American Dental Education Association’s application service (AADSAS). Although the UMKC deadline for submission is October 1, early applications are strongly recommended. A preference is given to applications received in the Office of Student Programs of the School of Dentistry prior to September 1. Keep in mind that AADSAS can take up to two months to process and deliver an application. Therefore, it is extremely important that you apply in June or July of the year prior to anticipated entry into dental school.

The admission process
is a selective one. A number of variables will be considered: academic credentials, Dental Admission Test scores, letters of recommendation, investigation of dentistry, community service and your written responses to a series of questions. In addition, an “invitation only" interview is a part of the selection process. To be sure you fully understand the admissions process, applicants are encouraged to thoroughly review the additional admissions guidelines available here.

Limited scholarships are available to incoming students based on academics, diversity, leadership, service and financial need. Scholarships typically range from $5,000-$20,000 per year, plus opportunities for awards that cover the full nonresident fee differential. Click here to learn more.

This four-year program
begins in August and culminates with a doctor of dental surgery degree. Click here to view the curriculum in detail.

A Suggested Pre-Dental Schedule of Activities can be downloaded here.

D.D.S. Program Information:
For more information regarding the programs above and to be added to our prospective student database use this link - request Information.

If you prefer to call or write the office:
call 800-776-8652 or 816-235-2080, or write to:

Office of Student Programs
UMKC School of Dentistry
650 East 25th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

Diversity Programs and Activities

Student National Dental Association/Hispanic Dental Association(SNDA/HSDA)
Summer Dental Auxiliary Utilization (DAU) Program
Great Start Program
Dental Explorer Post
Admissions Enhancement Program
Diversity Scholarships

Other links of interest
DDS Applicant Newsletter Archive
Upcoming Events
Dental Applicant FAQs
A Suggested Pre-Dental Schedule of Activities can be downloaded here.
Maps and directions to the School of Dentistry can be found here.
Information about the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) is available here.
Information about the national application service for applying to dental school (AADSAS) is available here.
UMKC School of Dentistry Catalog is available here.