7 Year Dental Program (D.D.S)


Detroit Mercy offers a special academic program which enables highly qualified applicants to earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in addition to the baccalaureate degree in seven calendar years, rather than in the traditional eight years.

The selected students in the Seven-Year Dental Program spend most of the first three years at the McNichols Campus doing pre-dental studies in the College of Engineering & Science. The last four years are in the School of Dentistry.

Students may earn a Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology or a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Chemistry. In addition to the basic science courses required of all dental school applicants, Seven-Year Program students must meet the requirements of their major and the University Core Curriculum. This includes course work in speech, English, mathematics, religious studies, philosophy, history and culture, ethics, and social responsibility. Please consult with an advisor to ensure all degree requirements are met with coursework.  They also participate in a mandatory two-week orientation to dentistry in the summer after the first year and two courses at the dental school in year three.  Students may choose to major in Biology or Chemistry for this program.

For more information on the 7-year Bachelor of Science in Biology / Doctor of Dental Surgery or 7-year Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry / Doctor of Dental Surgery programs, please see the University Catalog.


Dr. Elizabeth Roberts-Kirchhoff

Assistant Dean, College of Engineering & Science