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Application Requirements

  • Applicants must complete the sophomore year in college and acquire college grades (Advanced Placement credit unacceptable) for the following prerequisite course work (or be in the process of completing):
    • 8 credits biology (with lab)
    • 8 credits freshman/general chemistry (with lab)
    • 8 credits of either physics or organic chemistry (both with lab)
    • 6 credits college math (usually 3 credits each of algebra and trigonometry; 3 credits of calculus satisfies the math requirement)
  • Additionally, applicants must:
    • Present academic credentials and standardized test-taking skills indicative of a successful applicant to dental school
    • Overall grade point average (GPA) = 3.0 for a minimum of 60 credits
    • ACT composite score = 21 or SAT verbal plus math score = 990
    • Biology, chemistry, physics, and math (BCPM) GPA = 3.0 for a minimum 30 credits (27 credits if math requirement satisfied by 3 credits of calculus)
  • Be a legal resident of Mississippi.
  • Plan to practice general dentistry or pediatric dentistry.
  • Show evidence that an applicant is likely to practice in a rural or medically underserved community in Mississippi based on residence in such an area and/or experiences (exposure to the dental profession, volunteer/community service and leadership) in rural or medically underserved areas.
  • A strong work ethic, determination to succeed, ability to overcome setbacks and age-appropriate professional behavior based on faculty evaluation letters, personal recommendation letters and personal circumstances (employment during school, family responsibilities).
  • Intent to participate in all academic enrichment programs offered by the MRDSP by signing the Integrity Agreement.