Study Smarter for a Seamless Entry to Dental School

Join Nova Southeastern University’s Master of Dental Science Certificate program. Designed to provide prospective dental students strong foundational knowledge in upper-level human biological sciences, the certificate makes them a more competitive dental school applicant and well prepared for entry into dental school.

This unique one-year certificate program not only prepares you academically for entry into dental school, but it may also reserve your seat into the Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) program. Successful completion of the MDS program with an overall 3.6 GPA provides students a reserved seat in the next class of the D.M.D. program. The College of Dental Medicine will guarantee applicants an interview with a minimum overall 3.3 GPA from the M.D.S. program.

Why Earn Your Masters Degree at NSU's College of Dental Medicine?

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Get the NSU Edge by Reserving Your Seat in our D.M.D. Program

As a student at NSU, you’re not just supported by faculty—you’re propelled forward. It’s part of the NSU Edge and what makes us all Sharks.  Our innovative Master of Dental Science certificate program is unique in that it offers direct entry into the D.M.D. program. Students who achieve pre-established academic benchmarks in the M.D.S. program will be offered a reserved seat in the CDM; those who do not achieve these benchmarks will be evaluated to see if they meet criteria for the guaranteed interview.


Quick Facts


Tuition for the 2022-2023 academic year is $26,000 plus fees.


The program curriculum is 21 total credits and can be completed in one year, beginning in the fall.

Application Deadlines

AADSAS Application Due: November 15
NSU Application Due: December 15

Delivery Options

The College of Dental Medicine M.D.S. program is delivered by a combination of videoconferencing, lecture capture, and onsite lectures at our Ft. Lauderdale/Davie campus.

Program Curriculum

Fall Semester

Core Required Courses (11 Credit Hours)
CDM 1000
Anatomy Lecture/Lab* (CDM 1000 / Credits: 5 )
CDM 1030
Histology (CDM 1030 / Credits: 3 )
CDM 1110
Dental Microbiology (CDM 1110 / Credits: 3 )

Winter Semester

Core Required Courses (10 Credit Hours)
CDM 1111
Dental Immunology (CDM 1111 / Credits: 2 )
CDM 1120
Physiology (CDM 1120 / Credits: 4 )
CDM 1130
Neuroanatomy Lecture/Lab (CDM 1130 / Credits: 3 )
CDM 1160
Oral Histology (CDM 1160 / Credits: 3 )

* Students who earn an “A’ in Anatomy will be eligible for an Honors Anatomy Dissection course during the summer semester.

Admission Requirements

Required Courses

Students must also have earned a grade of 2.0 or better in each of the following required courses.

Required Courses Semester Hours
Biology with lab 8
Chemistry with lab 8
Organic Chemistry with lab          8
Physics with lab                 8
Biochemistry      3
Microbiology      3
English  6

Ready for the Next Step?

Great! The first step is to complete your application and submit supporting documents through ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADEA AADSAS).

Step One: AADSAS Application

NSU participates in the ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADEA AADSAS) which provides an interactive, web-based application for the receipt and processing of all applications. AADSAS takes no part in the selection of students.

Go to the AADSAS Application

Complete your application

Apply to the ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADEA AADSAS).

Send supporting documents listed below to AADSAS by November 15th

  1. AADSAS application
  2. DAT Test Scores
  3. Official transcript from each college, professional school, or university attended.
  4. Three professional letters of recommendation. Two from science professors and one from a liberal arts professor or by individuals who can provide infor­mation relevant to the applicant's potential.

Step Two: NSU Online Application

Please fill out the NSU application electronically and submit a nonrefundable, $50 application fee to NSU’s Enrollment Processing Services (EPS) at the address below when notified by NSU that your application has been verified by AADSAS. NSU application deadline is December 15.

Apply Now

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Submitting Your Materials

Please mail all documents to:

Mailing Address

Nova Southeastern University Enrollment Processing Services (EPS)
College of Dental Medicine, Office of Admissions
3301 College Avenue
P.O. Box 299000
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33329-9905

Inquiries Only

Nova Southeastern University
College of Dental Medicine, Office of Admissions
3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33328-2018

Phone: (954) 262-1101 or 800-356-0026, ext. 21101

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