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Doctor’s Degrees in Dentistry

6,374 Yearly Graduations
$100,200 Median Salary
$233,487 Median Debt
A doctor's degree in dentistry is offered at 64 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 39% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 7.3% of dentistry graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Dentistry Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6,374 students earned their doctor's degree in dentistry. This earns it the #6 spot on the list of the most popular doctor's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in dentistry at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Doctor’s Degree 6,374
Graduate Certificate 29

Earnings of Dentistry Majors With Doctor’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a doctor's degree in dentistry is $100,200. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $83,700 to a high of $110,000.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a doctor's degree in dentistry is $233,487. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $309,182 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $189,446.

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The median monthly payment of a dentistry graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $2,720.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their doctor's degree in dentistry. About 50.8% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 3,134
Women 3,240
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degrees in Dentistry

The racial-ethnic distribution of dentistry doctor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,437
Black or African American 281
Hispanic or Latino 558
White 3,218
International Students 468
Other Races/Ethnicities 412
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Dentistry Doctor's Degree Students

There are 64 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in dentistry. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

New York University

New York, New York
395 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for dentistry majors who are seeking their doctor's degree. Each year, around 52,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,684 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,408 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 395 people received their doctor's degree in dentistry from NYU. Around 43% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

#2

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts
221 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Tufts University comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in dentistry. Roughly 11,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,324 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $52,724 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 221 doctor's degrees were handed out to dentistry majors at Tufts. Of these students, 58% were women and 58% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
195 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Boston University comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in dentistry. Each year, around 33,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,720 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,720 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 195 people received their doctor's degree in dentistry from Boston U. About 53% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
173 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for dentistry majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Southern California. Roughly 48,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,272 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 173 doctor's degrees were handed out to dentistry majors at USC. About 53% of this group were women, and 51% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

University of the Pacific

Stockton, California
169 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
62% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for dentistry majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of the Pacific. Roughly 6,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $48,904 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,904 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 169 people received their doctor's degree in dentistry from Pacific. About 44% of this group were women, and 62% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
153 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Pennsylvania is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in dentistry. Roughly 26,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $51,156 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $36,254 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 153 people received their doctor's degree in dentistry from UPenn. Of these students, 60% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

University of Detroit Mercy

Detroit, Michigan
146 Yearly Graduations
42% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Detroit Mercy is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in dentistry. Roughly 5,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $28,840 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $29,268 per year.

The dentistry program at University of Detroit Mercy awarded 146 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 42% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
143 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Temple University is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in dentistry. Roughly 38,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,080 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,956 per year.

The dentistry program at Temple University awarded 143 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 53% were women and 36% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Midwestern University - Glendale

Glendale, Arizona
141 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Midwestern University - Glendale comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in dentistry. Each year, around 3,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 141 doctor's degrees were handed out to dentistry majors at Midwestern University - Glendale. About 50% of this group were women, and 31% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

University of Maryland - Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland
130 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Maryland - Baltimore comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in dentistry. Roughly 6,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,260 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $15,132 per year.

The dentistry program at University of Maryland - Baltimore awarded 130 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 58% of this group were women, and 40% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

Midwestern University - Downers Grove

Downers Grove, Illinois
129 Yearly Graduations
40% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Midwestern University - Downers Grove comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in dentistry. Roughly 2,900 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 129 doctor's degrees were handed out to dentistry majors at Midwestern University - Downers Grove. Around 44% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 40% were women.

#12

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, California
126 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for dentistry majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Loma Linda University. Roughly 4,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $31,680 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $26,880 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 126 people received their doctor's degree in dentistry from Loma Linda University. Around 52% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 48% were women.

#13

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
125 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Nova Southeastern University is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in dentistry. Each year, around 20,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $31,150 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $19,665 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 125 doctor's degrees were handed out to dentistry majors at NUS Florida. Of these students, 52% were women and 49% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
123 Yearly Graduations
46% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in dentistry. Each year, around 48,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,212 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $23,890 per year.

The dentistry program at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor awarded 123 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 46% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
122 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for dentistry majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Roughly 51,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,318 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,580 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 122 doctor's degrees were handed out to dentistry majors at UMN Twin Cities. Of these students, 60% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
122 Yearly Graduations
51% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rutgers University - New Brunswick comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in dentistry. Each year, around 50,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $12,230 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,736 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 122 doctor's degrees were handed out to dentistry majors at Rutgers New Brunswick. Around 52% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 51% were women.

118 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in dentistry. Each year, around 24,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,920 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,786 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 118 doctor's degrees were handed out to dentistry majors at CU Anschutz. Of these students, 50% were women and 37% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

116 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

A T Still University of Health Sciences comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in dentistry. Roughly 3,800 attend the school each year. The dentistry program at A T Still University of Health Sciences awarded 116 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 56% of this group were women, and 38% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky
115 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 19th most popular school in the country for dentistry majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is University of Louisville. Roughly 21,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,732 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,000 per year.

The dentistry program at University of Louisville awarded 115 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 48% were women and 22% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

University of California - San Francisco

San Francisco, California
115 Yearly Graduations
63% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - San Francisco comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in dentistry. Roughly 3,100 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 115 doctor's degrees were handed out to dentistry majors at UCSF. Around 61% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 63% were women.

Dentistry Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Dentistry 6,374

Below are some popular majors that are similar to dentistry that offer doctor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Medicine 19,720
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 15,507
Rehabilitation Professions 13,537
Nursing 8,781
Osteopathic Medicine 6,700

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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