Applicants who will have completed the required prerequisite courses before the dental school starts in early June are invited to apply. Although a minimum of three years of college work (90 semester hours) are required for admission, applicants generally should have completed four years of college work and earned a baccalaureate degree before entrance. In addition, an applicant can only have completed a maximum of 60 semester hours at a junior/community college if all hours are earned before the student enters the third year of study toward a baccalaureate degree.
The dental school does not offer admission with advanced standing.
All accepted applicants must enter as first-year students.
For a list of prerequisites and requirements for prospective dental students, please visit the Admission Requirements Page for the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine.
The size and quality of applicant pools vary from year to year, and all applicants meeting admissions requirements are encouraged to apply. Selection is based on the applicant's total attributes, accomplishments, potential for growth in the field of dental medicine, adaptability, purpose in life, and ability to establish and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships as evaluated through academic performance (especially in science courses), test scores, interviews, and recommendation letters.
Strong preference is given to South Carolina residents. A limited number of out-of-state applicants with superior credentials are accepted into the dental school.
All applicants (including those who are not citizens of the United States) must have completed four years and all required prerequisite coursework at a US accredited institution, take the United States version of the DAT, and submit copies of any current visa or resident alien card with application materials. All applicants living outside of the United States must submit the online version of the MUSC Supplemental Application.
For a list of available Scholarships, please visit the Scholarship Page for the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine.