The Accelerated Online AS-MS in Dental Hygiene Program (AS-MS) provides a streamlined path for licensed dental hygienists with their associate degree to obtain an advanced degree in dental hygiene. It draws on the school’s successful E-Learning Degree Completion (BS) program and integrates it into the Master’s of Science in Dental Hygiene program. The AS-MS pathway reduces the total time needed to complete the BS and MS degrees separately, from 4 years to 3 years while still offering everything you expect from UM Dental Hygiene: expert faculty, rigorous curriculum, and in-demand career preparation for your future. The program is offered in an online format to support working professionals to remain in clinical practice, maintain personal responsibilities, and live in their community of choice while pursuing their educational goals.


To be considered for admission to UM's Accelerated Online AS-MS in Dental Hygiene Program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold an associate degree from a regionally accredited college with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Have graduated from a CODA accredited dental hygiene program
  • Hold a current dental hygiene license for practice in the United States
  • If English is your second language, submit a recent iBT TOEFL exam score

How to Apply

Prospective students should contact the Dental Hygiene Degree Completion program director, Jennifer Cullen (jecullen@umich.edu) before beginning an application. Students who have already completed a bachelor's degree in any area of study should contact the Dental Hygiene Graduate program director, Dr. Danielle Rulli (furgeson@umich.edu).

Admission Requirements and Application process


AS-MS in Dental Hygiene Curriculum


The University sets tuition rates in July for the upcoming academic year.

AS-MS in Dental Hygiene Tuition Rates

Computing Requirements

AS-MS in Dental Hygiene Computing Requirements

Financial Support/Scholarships

  • Students who are considering transferring to U-M should apply for financial aid by completing both their FAFSA and CSS PROFILE. Those transferring to U-M from other colleges/universities should follow the aid application instructions for New Undergraduates

    U-M Office of Financial Aid (Transfer Students)

  • U-M DH students have received generous scholarships through a range of school, local, state, and national organizations.

    Scholarship Information

  • The U-M ULP provides laptops, free of charge, to selected incoming students who have been identified by the U-M Office of Financial Aid. Students must complete the CSS Profile in order to be considered for this laptop program.

    U-M Undergraduate Laptop Program (ULP)


Transfer Credit Guide

Learn how the credits you've already earned will transfer to the Accelerated Online AS-MS in Dental Hygiene pathway.

AS-MS in Dental Hygiene Transfer Credit Guide

Program Director

Clinical Lecturer, Director, Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program, Division of Dental Hygiene
734-647-2770 | jecullen@umich.edu