Master of Science in Dental Hygiene

Location: Online
Start Term: Fall

As a dental hygienist, you have the power to influence patients’ oral and overall health – and make them smile with confidence. In this program, you’ll build on your previous bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene with a science-based academic curriculum, so you’ll be well prepared to advance your career outside of clinical practice.

Our 36-credit hour online master’s degree program specifically designed for practicing dental hygienists can be earned part-time and culminates in a thesis. When you graduate, you’ll be well prepared to move forward as an educator, administrator or researcher.  

For admission to the program, an applicant must have:

  • Graduated from an accredited dental hygiene program
  • Earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • One year of work experience in healthcare*
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 79 or a score of 6.5 on the IELTS is required of all candidates for whom English is not the native language

*This requirement may be waived for MCPHS graduates.

COURSE TITLE SEMESTER HOURS

AS-MS Bridge portion (prior to entering the MS program and choosing PH or ED track)

HSC 320 Writing for Health Professionals 3
DHY 446 Oral Health in Special Care Populations 3
MAT 261 Statistics 3
DHY 442 Evidence-Based Dental Hygiene Practice 3
DHY 420 Oral Health Research Methods 3
LIB5 12 HealthCare Ethics 3
Total Credit Hours
18
       

Master of Science Graduate Program/Education Track

DHY 714 Research Methodology & Statistics 3
DHY 701 Essentials in Public Health 3
DHY 722 Health Policy and Finance 3
DHY 827 Administration & Management 3
DHY 706 Health Education & Health Behavior 3
DHY 703 Program Planning & Evaluation 3
DHY 818 Research Fundamentals 3
DHY 751 Adult Learning Theory Dental Hygiene Education 3
DHY 831 Thesis I 3
DHY 751 Curriculum & Course Design in Dental Hygiene Education 3
DHY 832 Thesis II 3
DHY 755 Dental Hygiene Education Practicum 3
DHY 895 Graduate Extension (if needed) 0
Total Credit Hours
36
       

Master of Science Graduate Program/ Public Health Track

DHY 714 Research Methodology & Statistics 3
DHY 701 Essentials in Public Health 3
DHY 722 Health Policy & Finance 3
DHY 827 Administration & Management 3
DHY 706 Health Education & Health Behavior 3
DHY 703 Program Planning & Evaluation 3
DHY 818 Research Fundamentals 3
DHY 715 Epidemiology 3
DHY 831 Thesis I 3
DHY 840 Advanced Dental Hygiene Practice 3
DHY 832 Thesis II 3
DHY 835 Public Health Practicum 3
DHY 895 Graduate Extension (if needed) 0
Total Credit Hours
36
Online tuition is calculated at a cost-per-credit rate based on the program you choose and the number of credits for which you register. Learn more about Online tuition and fees here.
 

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