UMN PASS is a 29-month program for graduates of dental schools outside of the United States and Canada. Graduates earn their Doctor of Dental Surgery to practice general dentistry in the United States. UMN PASS is one of the only programs that prepares graduates to take the dental board examinations so graduates can practice dentistry in Canada as well. A total of 16 students are admitted each year.

UMN PASS is an integrated program, so students receive the same clinical education as any other student graduating from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. All instruction is research-based, taught by top faculty who are leaders in dentistry, and incorporates leading dental techniques, skills, and tools. UMN PASS facilitates a smooth transition into the United States and Canadian dental profession with 100% employment after graduation.

Application Requirements

Requirement Description
Eligibility All applicants, regardless of citizenship or visa status, are welcome to apply
Standardized tests

TOEFL must have been taken in the last three years, with a minimum score of 94. Passing score on the INBDE or NBDE required.

Transcripts Must be evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) of your dental degree from an institution outside the US and Canada.
Letters of evaluation Three letters of evaluation should be submitted as part of your ADEA CAAPID application.
Supplemental application Applicants must complete the UMN PASS supplemental application and pay the application fee.


The deadline to apply was June 1. The next application cycle will open March 2024.

UMN PASS FAQs for 2023

UMNPASS Application Advising Session

Topic: UMN PASS Application Advising Session
When: Nov 15, 2023 12:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this webinar