The University of Michigan Masters of Science in Dental Hygiene Program has the faculty, facilities, and curricular options dental hygienists need for next step in their career. As the role of the dental hygienist expands through changes in education, healthcare, and rapid advances in technology continue, it is critical to educate masters-prepared dental hygienists.

U-M's Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Program is offered in two delivery formats. Students may elect to enroll in the On-Campus Master's Program, participating in a blend of classes online and on the U-M's Ann Arbor campus. The Online Master’s Program option provides the opportunity for students to earn their master’s degree in a totally online format.

The mission of the dental hygiene graduate program is to provide its students with the educational necessary to become oral health leaders; to conduct research in basic, behavioral, and clinical sciences; and to serve the university, the profession, and the community.

Application deadline is February 1.


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

  • Bachelor's degree from a US accredited college/university or international equivalent
  • Completed an approved bachelor-level statistics course with a grade of C or better
  • US Dental Hygiene license (or equivalent training if international)
  • Application through Rackham
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • iBT TOEFL score of 84 or higher and less than 2 years old (international applicants)


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

Dental Hygiene MS Tuition Rates


Applicants should contact the Dental Hygiene Graduate Program Director, Dr. Danielle Furgeson (furgeson@umich.edu), 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. Follow the Rackham Application Steps.

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 is February 1.


Director, Graduate Dental Hygiene Program
Clinical Assistant Professor of Dentistry, Division of Dental Hygiene
734-764-0033 | furgeson@umich.edu

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