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Master of Science Program in Dental Hygiene
Dental Hygiene

Admission Guidelines and Criteria

Admission to the Master of Health Sciences Program is an option  for Dental Hygienists at the University of Maryland, Baltimore resides with the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School. Complete information on application and admission procedures are found in the catalog of the University of Maryland Graduate School:


Must be a graduate from an accredited U.S. or Canadina entry-level dental hygiene program (see for accredited dental hygiene programs)

  • Must have a baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene or a related field; and
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in undergraduate education
  • Must complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • Deadline February 1st

*Other assessments may be requested by the  Director if needed.

The Graduate School along with the Division of Dental Hygiene determines admission based on your academic record, recommendation letters, and your personal goal statement. The Graduate Program Director then forwards the recommendation for admission or non-admission to the Graduate School. The Graduate School notifies you of your admission status:

  • Admission in full graduate status;
  • Provisional status; or
  • Not admitted.

Once admitted, students must be in continuous registration with at least one credit for fall and spring semesters. It is not required that students be enrolled during summer sessions.

Prior to applying to the Master of Science degree program, the Graduate Program Director strongly encourages scheduling a pre-advising meeting (either over the phone or in person) to discuss the applicant’s academic and career goals. Questions about the program can be answered at this time. Contact Jacquelyn Fried,  Graduate Program Director at or 410-706-7773. Please call to discuss this or other option possibilities on our campus.

To apply:

Contact the Graduate Program Director

Other Graduate School Policies Related to Admission

A number of other policies of the Graduate School governing admissions should be kept in mind. Chief among these are:

  1. Students must complete the program in (5) years.
  2. A student is admitted only for a specified objective e.g., a Master of  Health Science degree. If a change of objective or degree level is desired, a new application must be submitted.
  3. A student's admission terminates when the original objective has been obtained (e.g., when a student admitted for a Master's degree completes the requirements for that degree); if a student wishes to continue for a doctorate in another Department, a new application must be submitted.
  4. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 (B) of better in all graduate courses taken and must satisfy all additional Division and Graduate School program requirements.