McGill University Dentistry Faculty

Faculty of Dentistry
2001 Avenue McGill College #500
Montreal QC H3A 1G1

The Faculty of Dentistry is committed to maintaining a leadership role in oral health education, in scientific research and in the promotion of oral health and quality of life in the whole population, with an emphasis on the needs of under-served communities and individuals. Our diverse programs work synergistically, ensuring that every aspect of our teaching, research and outreach mission offer excellence in teaching, learning and care.


Empowering our students to become master clinicians, ready to face the challenges of the future, and to make a difference.


Delivering free and reduced-cost oral health services to underserved groups in and beyond Montreal, because everyone deserves to smile.


Pushing Dentistry to the core of health science research, and developing innovative solutions to health issues throughout society.

The Faculty of Dentistry is a constituent faculty of McGill University. Founded in 1904 as the McGill Dental School, it was established as a department in the McGill University Faculty of Medicine until becoming its own faculty in 1920. The faculty is closely affiliated with the Montreal General Hospital, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal Children's Hospital, and McGill University Faculty of Medicine.

It is located in the heart of Downtown Montreal across the Roddick Gates entrance to the McGill campus.

It is the only dental program in the country that integrates MD and DMD education in single classes for the first four semesters of the "Fundamentals of Medicine and Dentistry" curriculum. It is home to the largest residency program in Canada which consists of three sites Montreal General Hospital, Jewish General Hospital, and Montreal Children's Hospital.

McGill University Faculty of Dentistry began as a department within the faculty of medicine at McGill including its amalgamation of Bishop's University relatively small faculty of medicine in 1904. It officially became its own faculty in the year 1920.

In 2014, the faculty completed an $18.3 million building project to relocate the dental facilities into a new building in the heart of McGill University's downtown campus.

The faculty offers a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (D.M.D.) degree. In keeping with the joint history of the McGill University Faculty of Medicine with the Faculty of Dentistry, the D.M.D. students undertake a joint curriculum with the M.D.,C.M. students in the Fundamentals of Medicine and Dentistry curriculum in the first 18 months of their medical education, along with additional dentistry-related courses. In the second year, when the medical curriculum is complete, dental students transition into a fundamentals of dentistry curriculum followed by practical pre-clinic.

The faculty also confers several graduate level degrees: thesis M.Sc. in Dental Sciences; non-thesis M.Sc. in Dental Sciences; and a Ph.D. in Craniofacial Health Sciences, which are also available to international applicants. In addition to the undergraduate level dental curriculum, there are 3 General Practice Residency (GPR) programs affiliated with the faculty including those at the Montreal General Hospital, Jewish General Hospital, and the Montreal Children's Hospital. The faculty also has a six-year oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS)/Doctor of Medicine, Master of Surgery (M.D.,C.M.) program offered at the Montreal General Hospital, a Level-1 Trauma Center. There are approximately 150-160 students enrolled in the undergraduate level (D.M.D.), with an additional ~90 graduate students and 33 in the G.P.R. and M.D.,C.M.-OMFS residency programs.

The faculty of dentistry also offers a robust curriculum of continuing education courses accredited by both the American Dental Association’s Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA-CERP) and the Canadian dental licensing bodies, including as a preferred partner by the Ordre des dentistes du Québec (ODQ).

The D.M.D. and specialty programs at McGill University are accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA) through the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

McGill's Faculty of Dentistry boasts an impressive, world-renowned cohort of multi- and interdisciplinary researchers. The faculty research is concentrated in 4 major areas: pain and neuroscience; mineralized tissues and extracellular matrix biology; biomaterials, nanobiotechnology and tissue engineering; and population oral health. Approximately one-third of all oral health-related research in Canada is performed at McGill despite it being represented by only 5% of the Canadian dentistry professors. It also graduates more dental research graduate students than any other dental school in Canada. McGill's Faculty of Dentistry also produces more per capita research funding to McGill compared to the McGill Faculty of Medicine, despite the faculty's size.

The faculty also hosts its research activities within multiple research sites including at the Faculty of Dentistry building on Sherbrooke, at the Montreal General Hospital, the Jewish General Hospital, the Montreal Children's Hospital, the Strathcona Anatomy & Dentistry Building, the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit, and at the McGill Faculty of Medicine.

The Faculty of Dentistry is notoriously competitive in terms of admissions with an acceptance rate of 4.6% for the most recent cycle of applicants in 2018. The number of admissions to the D.M.D. program is approximately 37-38 students annually. For the last several cycles of admission the average undergraduate cGPA was 3.84 (post-graduate GPA is not considered in admissions) with approximately 8-9 entering students having completed a Masters or Doctorate degree. As of the year 2014, applicants are interviewed via Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMI) held at the McGill University Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning (SCSIL), along with the prospective Faculty of Medicine students. Students are also initially screened prior to interview selection via the CASPer test.

McGill University is ranked as the number 1 medical-doctoral school nationally in Canada by Maclean's for 15 straight years (including the most recent ranking in 2020). McGill Faculty of Dentistry students have the highest rate of residency or specialization in the country with approximately 90% of the graduating students ultimately continuing their education via either specialty or residency.

The Faculty of Dentistry has a wide-ranging community service program offered with funding through the faculty, student fundraising initiatives, and external donors. These programs include the Jim Lund Dental Clinic at the Welcome Hall Mission, the Montreal Children's Hospital Clinic for new immigrants and refugees, the McGill Mobile Dental Clinic, and the McGill Summer Dental Clinic, which provided a combined $933,735 of free dental care to the underprivileged in the year 2017–2018. The faculty was recently awarded the Gies Award for Outstanding Vision by the American Dental Education Association in 2019.

Map of McGill University Dentistry Faculty Faculty of Dentistry, 2001 Avenue McGill College #500, Montreal QC H3A 1G1

My BEST Dentists Product News