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Graduate Dental Hygiene - Admission

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the  Master of Science in Dental Hygiene On-Campus or Online Program must meet the following criteria:

  • Graduated from a CODA school or program of dental hygiene
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada. 
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) is closely evaluated. The Admissions Committee examines grades for consistency/improvement, repeated, and/or withdrawn courses. Currently the average GPA of our entering students is 3.3. Have a current license to practice dental hygiene in the United States or Canada.
  • Submitted a completed application to the Rackham School of Graduate Studies no later than February 1
  • Online Students Only: 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”)
  • TOEFL test scores are required of all whose second language is English.  Scores must be submitted as part of the application process using the institution code 1839. Refer to the Rackham application for further information.

Application Process

Applicants should contact the Dental Hygiene Graduate Program Director 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 are found on the application website
  • Applicants will be contacted to arrange an admission interview once the application has been received (this may be done by phone or in-person).
  • Prior to the interview applicants will be sent a supplemental admissions worksheet. Applicants will also be asked to complete the readiness for online learning assessment and a computer skills test.

Application Deadline

The Master of Science On-Campus and Online Program begins in the fall term only. Prospective students are encouraged to complete 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 computer through the Master’s Program.  The computer will be delivered to the student at the initial on-campus orientation, loaded to meet the program’s necessary hardware and software requirements. Utilizing student and program discounts, the estimated cost of the laptop is approximately $1,500.