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Dental Hygiene

Master of Science: Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Online Program meet the following criteria:

  • Have graduated from a CODA (Commission on Dental Accreditation) school or program of dental hygiene
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in the United States.
  • The Admissions Committee examines grades for consistency/improvement, repeated, and/or withdrawn courses. Currently the average GPA of our entering Master’s students is 3.3. Have a current license to practice dental hygiene in the United States.
  • Submit a completed application to the Rackham School of Graduate Studies no later than February 1
  • Have completed a graduate level biostatistics or statistics course with a grade of “C” or better prior to beginning the program. The course MUST be approved by the graduate program director (For more information refer to the Online Program "curriculum & prerequisites”) (Online Program Students Only.)
  • Have submitted TOEFL test scores, if your first language is not English. TOEFL test scores are required of all students whose second language is English. Scores must be submitted as part of the application; please use institution code 1839. Refer to the Rackham application for further information.

Application Process

Applicants should contact the Dental Hygiene Graduate Program Director, Dr. Danielle Furgeson (, before submitting an application.

  • Applicants must submit an online application for admission to the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School. Paper applications are NOT accepted. Complete instructions can be found on Rackham's Admissions website.
  • Once the application has been received, applicants will be contacted and an admission interview scheduled. (The interview may be done by phone or in person).
  • Prior to the interview, applicants will be sent a supplemental admissions worksheet. They will also be asked to complete the online learning assessment and a computer skills test.

Application Deadline

Both the on-Campus and online programs begin in the fall term only. Prospective Master of Science students are encouraged to complete their applications early as we follow a “rolling admissions” process and admission decisions are considered as applications arrive. Applications must be received no later than February 1 of the year acceptance is desired.

Computer System Requirements

Each student accepted into the program is required to purchase a laptop through the Master's program. Laptops are delivered to students at their initial on-campus orientation, and come fully loaded to meet the program's necessary hardware and software requirements. Utilizing student and program discounts, the estimated cost of this laptop is $1,500. A high-speed, reliable internet service provider—DSL, cable, or satellite—is required for this program.