Twin Cities Campus
Dental Hygiene M.D.H.
Dentistry Primary Care Administration
School of Dentistry
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Division of Dental Hygiene, 9-372 Moos Tower, 515 Delaware Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-9121; fax: 612-625-1605)
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The Master of Dental Hygiene Program prepares leaders in the profession for practice, research, the healthcare industry, and academia. The curriculum provides meaningful academic experiences for each graduate student based on his/her career goals and interest. Courses in the management track will provide students with knowledge and skills necessary for careers in the healthcare industry such as sales, marketing and professional relations management, management of large dental clinics, practice management consulting, and entrepreneurship. Courses in the education track will provide students with the knowledge and skills to teach didactic, clinic, and laboratory courses in the dental hygiene programs; conduct research; and assume administrative positions.
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Baccalaureate or associate degree in dental hygiene from an accredited U.S. institution or foreign equivalent.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
The Division of Dental Hygiene is committed to the philosophy that high-level clinical proficiency is essential for dental hygiene educators; knowledge and competency in the art and science of dental hygiene practice is requisite for the graduate of the Master of Dental Hygiene Program.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants must submit directly to the Admissions Committee a typed essay including short and long term goals and an explanation of why an advanced degree is of interest, a current resume including evidence of leadership and dental hygiene clinic experience, and three letters of reference. Application deadline is February 1.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
Key to test abbreviations (GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Plan C: Plan C requires 37 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. There is no final exam.
This program may not be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Students in both the management and dental hygiene education tracks will participate in the following four core courses: instructional strategies, research methods in health sciences, administrative leadership and professional development, and biostatistics. In addition to the core courses, management track students will complete the following courses: managerial accounting, marketing management, operations management, financial management, and electives chosen from the MBA and MILI curricula. Dental hygiene education track students will participate in the following courses: the discipline of dental hygiene, curriculum and course development, dental hygiene supervised student teaching, dental hygiene clinic administration, web-based teaching/learning strategies, and principles of educational and psychological measurement.
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Dental Hygiene Education
Courses in the dental hygiene education track provide students with the knowledge and skills to teach didactic, clinic, and laboratory courses in dental hygiene programs; conduct research; and assume administrative positions.
Courses in the management track provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for healthcare industry careers such as sales, marketing and professional relations management, management of large dental clinics, practice management consulting, and entrepreneurship.