Instructions for Applicants


Applying to UNMC College of Dentistry Postgraduate Programs

Applicant Eligibility
Must have a professional dental degree from an A.D.A.-accredited dental college or school with the degree designation of Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). Provisional acceptance exists for students in the final stages of dental education. In addition, the applicants must have a valid license to practice within the United States of America or be licensed as such by the time they are to begin their postgraduate program.

Once accepted, a Nebraska dental license is required to participate in the program. At the present time foreign trained dentists (non-U.S. or non-Canadian dental degrees) are not being accepted for the postgraduate training programs. This is because of licensing restrictions.

Applications are for individuals applying to a training program leading to the attainment of a certificate only. A complete application for postgraduate training consists of the following items:

  1. Application through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS).
  2. A supplemental application and $50 non-refundable application fee. The supplemental UNMC College of Dentistry Postgraduate Program application and fee payment are online. Instructions will be sent to you by email after you have submitted the PASS application. 

Nebraska Residency Requirements

All students who did not graduate from a Nebraska high school or who have not lived in Nebraska for a period of time long enough to determine resident status will automatically be classified as non-residents. More information.

Additional Information Required of Foreign Applicants

  1. Scores on the TOEFL Examination or Other English Examinations
    (Not required if your first language is English)
    - Paper-based minimum score of 550
    - Computer-based minimum score of 213
    - Code #6896

  2. Transcripts
    If your official transcript or mark sheets of college level work are in a language other than English, a certified English translation must be included. Transcripts should carry the signature of a responsible official of the school in which the work was done and the seal of that institution, or should be certified true copies of the original records. If photocopies are provided, the copies must be certified after duplication as true copies of the original document. Transcripts should clearly indicate the grades received or the standing attained on required examinations. If transcripts do not show the degree earned and the date on which it was conferred, an official degree statement must also be provided.

  3. Letters of Recommendation
    If you have previously enrolled in a United States institution, letters of recommendation should come from faculty members of that institution and should mention your English proficiency.

  4. Financial Data Form
    financial data form is required to certify that you have the funds necessary to finance your own study. While we welcome applications from well-qualified foreign students, the University is not in a position to offer extensive financial assistance.

All information should be forwarded to:

UNMC College of Dentistry - Postgraduate Admissions
4000 East Campus Loop
P.O. Box 830740
Lincoln NE 68583-0740

Contact: Julie Buss, 402-472-6261,