Master of Science in Dental Hygiene

Master of Science in Dental Hygiene

  • Delivery: 
    Primarily Online
  • Cost: 
    $850.00 per credit
  • Total credits: 
    33
  • Credential: 
    Graduate Degree
  • Admission GPA: 
    3.0
  • Application deadlines: 
    July 17 for fall
  • Campus: 
    Twin Cities
  • College: 
    School of Dentistry

The Master of Science in Dental Hygiene-Education track prepares leaders in the profession for research, the health care industry, and academia. Courses in this track provide students with the knowledge and skills to teach didactic, clinic, and laboratory courses in dental hygiene programs, conduct research, and assume administrative positions. 

While the coursework for this program is online, a two-week campus visit is required for the student teaching practicum.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for eligible students. To apply for aid at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, students must fill out the FAFSA online using federal school code 003969. Visit One Stop for more information.

Sample Courses

  • DH 5403 The Discipline of Dental Hygiene (2 cr)
  • DH 5405 Curriculum and Course Development (2 cr)
  • DH 5409 Dental Hygiene Clinic Administration (2 cr)
  • DH 5415 Dental Hygiene Supervised Didactic Student Teaching (1 cr)

For more information, visit the University catalog.

Career Outlook

There is currently a need in the US for dental hygienists who can move into education, dental management, and the oral health care industry. The School of Dentistry, a school within the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center, provides a research intensive environment as well as interprofessional opportunities ideal for preparing dental hygienists for careers in the health care industry and for dental hygiene education and research.

"I was hired upon graduation to join the academic community and participate in a start-up dental hygiene program. The program prepared me to confidently develop curricula, serve as clinic coordinator, and participate in a successful accreditation."

—Brenda Armstrong, BSDH, MDH
Assistant Professor, Dental Hygiene Department
Thomas Nelson Community College

Professional Licensing Boards

Requirements for licensure vary from state to state. Check with the appropriate licensing body in the state where you intend to practice.