*Please note: Pre-dental is not a degree program at MSU; it is a concentration. Our office will provide resources to our pre-dental students to help them become competitive applicants.
How long is Dental School?
Dental school consists of four years of study/general practice to earn a D.D.S., Doctor of Dental Surgery or a D.M.D., Doctor of Dental Medicine degree.
Post-graduation length is dependent on the area of specialty. Click here to compare programs.
|General Entrance Requirements for Dental Schools|
|Bachelor's Degree (does not matter what the degree is in)|
|Prerequisite courses (varies per institution)|
|Competitive overall GPA|
|Competitive Science GPA (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics)|
|Competitive Dental Admissions Test (DAT) score|
|Strong letters of recommendation (LOR's)|
|Extracurricular activities (community service, leadership roles, research, work history, etc.)|
|MSU Pre-Dental Advising|
|One-on-one, individualized advising|
|Navigating prerequisites and developing suitable progression|
|Discussing plans for shadowing, involvement, LOR's, preparation for DAT|
|Assistance with application process and personal statements|
For assistance in planning a Pre-dental path at MSU, contact Dr. Mary Celeste Reese.
Additional Resources and Information
- More information about a career in Dentistry can found at Explore Health Careers.
- For information about the University of Mississippi's Dental School Admissions: