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Doctor of Dental Medicine

The School of Dental Medicine admits 80 students each semester to its Doctor of Dental Medicine program. Classes begin during the fall semester. The application process begins during spring of the previous year.

Successful School of Dental Medicine l graduates will earn a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree and be eligible to sit for the state licensure exam.

The School of Dental Medicine does not expressly or implicitly guarantee a license to practice dentistry upon admission to or graduation from the school. Licensure is the exclusive right and responsibility of the State Boards of Dentistry in each state. Students must satisfy the requirements of each state's regulatory body independently of any college or school requirements for graduation.

Selection Process

The following factors are considered for admission into the program:

  • Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Dental Admission Test
  • Letters of Evaluation
  • Interview
  • Commitment to Dentistry
  • Dental/Work Experience
  • Community Service
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Extenuating Circumstances

Application Process

The following information will help you get started as you begin your application process:


Master of Business Administration & Doctor of Dental Medicine (dual degree)

The dual Master of Business Administration and Doctorate of Dental Medicine (MBA and DMD) program is designed for those who seek business leadership opportunities within the field of dentistry. The program develops leaders in dentistry by providing students with the needed skills, knowledge, and tools to become outstanding dental leaders. The program provides students with a competitive edge in business and expanded earning power for those practicing dentistry. The dual degree requires that the student apply to and satisfy the degree requirements of both programs.

Program Overview

A graduate of this program will be able to:

  • Recognize and evaluate ethical, legal, and regulatory dimensions of business decisions.
  • Communicate effectively business ideas and analyses in writing.
  • Communicate effectively business ideas and analyses in oral presentation.
  • Work effectively in a team oriented environment.
  • Apply business concepts to managerial decision-making within a global or domestic setting.


Complete an online application with the Graduate College. The MBA Programs office does not require a separate application.

Application Fees

  • US Domestic: $60
  • International: $95


GMAT (The Graduate Management Admissions Test)

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is a computer-adaptive test (CAT) which measures general verbal, mathematical and analytical writing skills. It is non-business specific and tests one's general verbal, mathematical and analytical writing skills. The GMAT is required of all applicants.

To meet the admission deadline, the test should be taken no later than two weeks prior to deadline. The official GMAT score must be forwarded directly to the Lee Business School – Evening MBA Program. GMAT scores are valid for five years.

The GMAT website provides information on how to register and prepare for the GMAT. You may want to check your local area for additional test preparation resources.

If you decide to retake or are requested to retake the GMAT, please notify the MBA Office of your intended test date. Your highest test score will be considered for the admission process.


Upload all unofficial university level transcripts when completing the application online. For the admission process to be complete, you must also supply an official copy of all transcripts to the Graduate College at the following address:

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Graduate College
4505 S Maryland Parkway, Box 451017
Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-1017

Personal Statement

Complete a written statement of purpose and upload into your application. Personal statements should be between one to two pages in length, double-spaced and font size 12. In this statement, address how an MBA Education experience will assist you in meeting your professional career goals and include a description of the leadership or managerial attributes you will bring to the program.


Resumes or CVs may be submitted by uploading them to the Graduate College application. Two years of relevant work experience is preferred, but not required.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. Letters of recommendation can be either academic or professional. The Graduate College application will allow the applicant to provide an email address for each of the individuals you asked to submit a letter of recommendation electronically. Allow adequate time for recommenders to evaluate your potential for success in an MBA program.

Additional University Requirements

Immunization Records

Nevada state law prohibits students from attending class without proof of immunizations. UNLV upholds this statute by preventing registration for admitted students who have not submitted proper proof of immunizations.

Mail or Fax Records to:

UNLV Office of Admissions
4505 S. Maryland Parkway Box 451021
Las Vegas, NV 89154-1021
Campus Location: Student Services Complex, Building B (SSC-B)
Phone: 702-774-UNLV (8658)
Fax: 702-774-8008

Please be sure to include your full name and NSHE ID on all immunization documents.

Documentation for the Following Immunizations is Required

All Students
  • One (1) dose of Tetanus Diptheria (not Tetanus Toxoid) within the past 10 years.
Students born in or after 1957
  • Two (2) doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine or
  • Two doses of live Measles vaccine, one Mumps, one Rubella vaccine.

Visit the Graduate College's website for more information on the immunization requirements.

Nevada Residency Status

For tuition purposes, all new graduate students are classified out-of-state until Nevada residency is determined via the residency application process. In order to obtain Nevada residency, you must download the residency application and submit it along with the required supporting documentation by the first day of the semester in which you are applying for residency. Residency is determined by the Registrar's Office, not the MBA programs office.

International students are not considered a Nevada resident unless they have resided in the state for at least one year and currently have an alien resident card (green card). If you have a student visa, you are not considered a resident of Nevada and will be charged out-of-state tuition. An international student fee will also apply.

Get more information regarding residency requirements.


Students must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States, or proof of equivalent training at a foreign university. Application materials must be filed at the Graduate College and the MBA office prior to the deadlines shown below. Students will be considered for admission to the MBA program for fall, spring and summer semesters.

Fall Deadlines

  • International Applicants: May 1
  • Domestic Applicants: July 15

Spring Deadlines

  • International Applicants: May 1
  • Domestic Applicants: July 15

Summer Deadlines

  • Domestic Applicants: April 1

Master of Public Health & Doctor of Dental Medicine (dual degree)

The Master of Public Health & Doctorate in Dental Medicine track allows students in the UNLV School of Dental Medicine to gain a deeper understanding of disease prevention, medical delivery, and health promotion at an individual and population level within the field of dentistry.

Program Overview

The program enables graduates to become leaders in oral health research, education, and community dental health promotion. After completing the dual program, graduates will be eligible to apply for a position within a dental public health residency program.


Current dental students interested in the dual-degree program are encouraged to submit an application for permission to enter the program to the UNLV School of Dental Medicine Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs. This request form must accompany the Graduate College application for admissions into the MPH program.

Completed packets will be submitted to the Graduate College for admissions to the Master of Public Health program.



To be considered for admission to the MPH, an applicant must meet Graduate College standards and:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from a regionally accredited institution and have adequate preparation in the biological, physical, or social sciences. A criterion for admission is at least a B (3.0) grade point average or the equivalent in work completed after the first two years of a bachelor’s degree program and in all post-baccalaureate course work.
  • Complete the school’s application process.
  • Submit a personal essay describing what the applicant perceives to be pressing public health issues, why a career in the field appeals to the applicant, and how it will use the applicant's strengths and commitment.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation.
  • Submit GRE test score. Students must request to have their scores sent electronically from ETS to UNLV. Students must use our institution code 4861.

A satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for applicants whose first language is not English.

Official copies of all transcripts sent to the Graduate College, and unofficial copies sent to the School of Community Health Sciences.

Orthopedic and Dentofacial Residency

The 34-month Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics Residency Program begins during July each year and integrates biomedical sciences and clinical sciences to provide a unique opportunity to earn a Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics in conjunction with a Master of Science degree in Oral Biology

Six residents are admitted each year and those who graduate will be able to successfully complete all examinations and case presentations required for board certification and to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

Program Overview

The program begins with an introduction to orthodontic techniques and clinical procedures with patients assigned to each resident upon matriculation. The curriculum comprises clinical seminars, clinical orthodontics, diagnosis, treatment planning and case presentations, biomedical sciences, clinical sciences and practice management, research and classic literature reviews.

Patient assignments throughout the residency will be adjusted to meet the educational needs of each resident. Proficiency evaluations will be given semi-annually to ensure each resident is progressing in the program and to provide constructive feedback. The program’s plan of study outlines the courses taken during each semester.

Program Expenses

Tuition: $185,000 (34-month program) PLUS $15,000 Clinic Usage Fees.

*Periodic tuition increases made at the discretion of the Board of Regents In addition to tuition and clinical usage fee's residents will be required to purchase a laptop computer, a digital camera, textbooks and other materials specified by the program. Plus all fees pertaining to obtaining a “Limited License” to practice dentistry in the state of Nevada.

It is required by the Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners that all medical and dental residents must obtain a “Limited License” to practice in the State of Nevada. For detailed information, call the NSBE at 800-DDS-EXAM, or email [email protected].

*This program does not qualify for Nevada’s Grant-In-Aid Program.


The UNLV School of Dental Medicine, Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics Residency earned the status of “Approval without Reporting Requirements” from the Commission on Dental Accreditation in 2013. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. For more information regarding this process you may contact the Commission on Dental Accreditation at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.


All applications to the UNLV School of Dental Medicine, Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics will be processed through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Minimum requirements for applicants to be considered for our graduate program are as follows: Applicant must be in good moral and academic standing, proficient in the English language, currently enrolled in, or have graduated from, an accredited U.S. or Canadian Dental School and have successfully completed National Boards part I examination.

Application Deadline

September 1, 2016

No supplemental application and no application fee are required. Please mail a current two-inch by two-inch color photo to the mailing address below.

Mailing Address

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Office of Admissions & Student Affairs
Attn: Orthodontic Postgraduate Program
School of Dental Medicine
1001 Shadow Lane, MS 7422
Las Vegas, NV 89106



This program does not participate in the national MATCH. UNLV strives for diversity; therefore, all applicants are ranked based on both quantitative and qualitative criteria to support the admissions committee criteria for interviewing applicants as well as admission to the program.

Candidates are informed of their acceptance into the program prior to mid-November. Those who accept the offer must submit proof of withdrawal from the MATCH. Selected applicants must be in good academic and ethical standing, have successfully completed National Boards Part I and II, graduated from an accredited U.S. or Canadian Dental School, submit a background check to PBIS, and obtain a regular or limited license to practice dentistry in State of Nevada. Official National Board Part I and Part II Board scores as well as a final dental school transcript must be forwarded directly to the SDM Admissions Office prior to matriculation.

Pediatric Dentistry

The 24-month pediatric dentistry program integrates biomedical and clinical sciences, and advanced technology to develop outstanding pediatric dental specialists. Six dentists are selected each year for this advanced education program, who earn a certificate in pediatric dentistry upon completion.

Program Overview

Residents are exposed to extensive clinical opportunities in all phases of behavior management, conscious sedation, hospital/surgery center pediatric oral rehabilitation dentistry, management of patients with special needs, management of dentoalveolar and circumoral trauma, as well as, orthodontic diagnosis, treatment planning, and provision of age appropriate, orthodontic therapy. Residents participate in scholarly research, pediatric and emergency medicine rotations, community service, and rotations to multi-disciplinary, off-site clinics. The resident’s total program time equates to:

  • 65% Clinical
  • 25% Didactics
  • 5% Research
  • 5% Teaching

Residents will treat children in University Medical Center’s Level I, Children's Trauma Center, within the school’s Special Needs Clinic, and associated pediatric rotational clinics

UNLV Special Needs Clinic

The UNLV Special Needs Clinic provides oral healthcare needs for children with special needs. Children, and occasionally adults, with a range of developmental, medical and behavioral needs receive both preventative and restorative treatment in a child-friendly environment.


All applicants must have graduated or will graduate from a U.S. or Canada dental school and must apply through PASS at the ADEA website. When the application is submitted through PASS, no additional application fee is required. Applicants must submit the following:

  1. PASS application
  2. Three PEF's, which may include letters of recommendation, consisting of at least one from a Pediatric Dentistry Faculty Member and one from a Dean or Associate Dean of your dental school.
  3. Three letters of recommendation. As stated above, these may be included as part of the 3 required PEFs. Additional letters may be submitted directly to the program.
  4. Taking the Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) is strongly encouraged for the 2016 application cycle. Starting in 2017, it will be required.

Unless submitted with the PASS application, applicants must submit the following items to the program:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. 2" x 2" color photograph with your first and last name on the back

Send all supplemental materials to:

Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry
University of Nevada Las Vegas, School of Dental Medicine
1001 Shadow Lane, MS 7423
Las Vegas, NV 89106-4124

An application will not be considered complete until all of the above items have been received.

If you have questions, please contact Ms. Patricia Williams.


General Practice Residency

The General Practice Residency program has been granted full Accreditation Status by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation, and participates in the "PASS" and "MATCH" programs. Requirements for the program include graduation from an ADA accredited dental school and United States or Canadian citizenship, or possession of a valid INS Form I-151 or I-551. Six students are selected each year, and each receives a stipend of $49,500.

Program Overview

A graduate of this program will be able to evaluate the patient's total oral health needs, provide comprehensive general dental care and learn when to refer the patient to the appropriate specialist while preserving continuity of patient care.

Class size is six residents per year and will begin July 1. Offers a certificate of completion. Clinic is open nine hours a day (7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.), five days a week. After hours, Dental emergency coverage is performed by all residents on a weekly, rotating basis.

The program provides or facilitates:

  • Broad clinical experience and didactic training in all aspects of the practice of modern general dentistry
  • Experience & didactics necessary to develop sound diagnostic, treatment planning and patient assessment skills
  • Close interaction with specialty staff to coordinate comprehensive patient care
  • Exposure and experience in patient treatment in a hospital and/or surgical center atmosphere
  • Insight into the world of dental literature; sets the stage for the development of lifelong learning habits
  • Participation in local, state and /or national Continuing Dental Education to include public speaking
  • Participation in organized dentistry

Rotations in Family Medicine, Anesthesiology and Emergency/Trauma are an essential component of the program. Advanced training in conscious sedation is, also, provided. The resident is expected to successfully complete ACLS and become certified in conscious sedation.

PALS is offered on an optional basis.

Our facility consists of an impressive contingent of specialists and general practitioners, all specifically selected for their broad experience, clinical expertise and ability to share their experience and knowledge with the residents.

The resident will receive hands-on training with state-of-the-art equipment and dental materials including intra-oral video and digital cameras, lasers, micro-abrasion units, digital radiography and use of the surgical microscope. Six microscopes – two Zeiss ProErgo and 4 Global microscopes are available for use.

Upon completion of this program residents will have a working knowledge of:

  • Comprehensive treatment planning involving multiple specialty areas
  • Advanced surgical procedures including incision and drainage, biopsy, preprosthetic surgery, complex surgical extractions
  • Fabrication and insertion of simple and complex fixed and removable prostheses
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Orthodontic diagnosis, treatment planning, appliance design and tooth movement
  • Diagnosis, placement and restoration of dental implants utilizing Nobel Biocare, MIS and BioHorizons systems
  • Hospital dentistry
  • Conscious sedation (oral, inhalation and IV)
  • All facets of periodontics including surgical techniques, grafting procedures and internal and external sinus lifts
  • All facets of Endodontics including rotary files utilizing different systems to include Dentsply Tulsa GTX and Vortex files and warm vertical obturation techniques
  • Esthetic dentistry principles and treatment options (ceramic veneers, analysis, esthetic gingival procedures
  • Practice management concepts to facilitate transition into private practice

As an optional two-year program, exceptional residents will be offered the opportunity to continue on for a second year of more advanced training and experience. At the end of the second year of advanced training, the resident will have been exposed to the equivalent of many years of diverse clinical and hospital experience and will depart with abilities and knowledge levels far above that of their peers.


All applications to the UNLV School of Dental Medicine Advanced Education in General Practice Residency will be processed through the ADEA Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS).

PASS simplifies the application process by providing one standardized format. Minimum requirements for applicants to be considered for our graduate program are as follows:

  • Must be in good moral and academic standing.
  • Proficient in the English language.
  • Currently enrolled in, or have graduated from, an accredited dental school in the United States or Canada.
  • Successfully completed National Boards part I examination.

When application is submitted through PASS, no additional documentation is required.

If PASS is not utilized, we request the following documentation be sent to the UNLV School of Dental Medicine – General Practice Residency:

  1. Three letters of recommendation, two from specialists.
  2. Short essay on your interest in graduate training and our GPR program.
  3. CV
  4. Dental School Transcripts
  5. National Board Dental Exam Part I Results
  6. Biographical Statement
  7. Dentpin Number

MATCH program is required. Applicants must apply through the MATCH website.

National Matching Services, Inc.
20 Holly Street, Suite 301
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M4S 3B1
Phone: 416-977-3431
Fax: 416-977-5020
[email protected]



Selection is based on National Board scores, dental school transcripts, class rank, letters of recommendation, applicant essay and the interview process. Applicants are categorized based on qualitative and quantitative criteria to determine which applicants will be offered interviews and to, subsequently, rank order applicants for the MATCH program. Interviews will generally be held during the first two weeks of December. Arrangements can be made to interview at other times on a case by case basis. The MATCH results will be released at the end of January.

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