BS/MS Dual Degree Clinical Dental Hygiene Leader Program

Applicants for the CDHL program should begin to submit their applications November 15, 2022 and no later than February 28, 2023 to be considered for admission.  THE CDHL program consists of 7 semesters (3 summer, 2 fall, and 2 spring).  CDHL Dual Degree applicants will be classified as undergraduate students for the first 6 semesters of the program and classified as graduate students in their final summer semester. Students complete and are awarded both the Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Dental Hygiene together and graduate in the final summer semester of year 3. The University of Maryland School of Dentistry awards both the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees in Dental Hygiene at the end of the final summer semester in the program.  The students will participate in courses delivered in the UMSOD in Baltimore and the clinical experiences will occur at the UMSOD dental clinic located on the campus of the Universities at Shady Grove with some clinical block rotation experiences occurring at the UMB School of Dentistry campus in Baltimore City and community sites.

Baccalaureate degree-seeking students are also required to observe a registered dental hygienist who is presently working in practice for a minimum of eight hours to increase awareness and knowledge of the profession prior to applying for the Dental Hygiene Program.  Please use this Shadowing Form for documenting your experiences and hours shadowing a registered dental hygienist in clinical practice.

Applications for the BS/MS Dual Degree CDHL program are reviewed by the committee on Dental Hygiene Recruitment and Admissions for the following:

  • Completion of a prior bachelor degree or in progress of completion by end of spring semester prior to summer enrollment
  • Completeness of application
  • Completion of required prerequisite courses
  • GPA of required science courses
  • Overall GPA of required courses
  • Overall academic record (including repeats, failures, withdrawals, etc.)
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Professional demeanor
  • Potential for and demonstration of leadership qualities
  • Interest and knowledge of the dental hygiene profession
  • Completion of pre-application dental hygiene shadowing experiences, and quality of recommendation letters
  • Candidates whose applications meet preliminary screening criteria will be invited to continue with the admissions process and will be invited for an interview with members of the Committee on Dental Hygiene Recruitment and Admissions. A personal interview does not guarantee admissions.

While it is not a program requirement, it is highly recommended that our students purchase loupes for use in the program; the use of loupes is considered state of the art and assists in vision and ergonomics. The cost of loupes is not included in your tuition and fees, therefore, we recommend students budget for such a purpose in the fall of their first year. The approximate cost of loupes for a student is $1500. Vendors regularly visit our school and a vendor night is held annually for purchases such as this.

The University of Maryland Bachelor of Science Dental Hygiene Program is accredited regionally by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284-5000 and the Commission on Dental Accreditation, (CODA).The Middle States Commission on Higher Education accredits Master of Science Degree Programs in Dental Hygiene.


We are excited to announce the University of Maryland Dental Hygiene Application Process is moving to ADEA DHCAS! We ask for your patience as we finalize the details of this transition. Applications are expected to open on November 15, 2022. Please continue checking this page for updated information about our new process. The application materials that will be required are listed below:

dh_bs_applicationThe following application materials should be submitted by February 28:

  • $80.00 Application Fee, made payable to the University of Maryland
    can also be paid online by Credit Card
  • Resume Permitted file formats: PDF or Microsoft Word
  • Official Transcripts

Official transcripts must be received from each college or university attended. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by WES or ECE. If you are enrolled in school during the fall semester, request another transcript after fall grades have been included.

  • Recommendation Letters

One recommendation must be from a college-level science teacher and another from a dental hygienist or dentist. Recommendations must be from non-family members. Members of the Dental Hygiene faculty at the University of Maryland CANNOT write letters of recommendation. You may wish to submit another recommendation from an employer for a total of three recommendations. ‌

International Students

  • Applicants must submit completed applications and all supporting documents, by November 15.
  • Foreign documents must be certified official and be submitted in sealed envelopes from the institution issuing them. If the documents are not in English, they must include an English translation.
  • WES or ECE evaluations are required. Ask for a course by course evaluation.

Only courses equivalent in U.S. course names, U.S. letter grades and U.S.  semester hours from the degree requirements listing of prerequisites including inorganic chemistry(also known as general chemistry), organic chemistry, basic statistics, social sciences, lower level elective and humanity elective if taken will be considered.

 All prerequisites must be completed by end of Spring semester prior to summer enrollment. To be considered for admission, students should have completed the majority of the prerequisite courses, including a minimum of 16 credits of the science courses, by the end of December prior to the summer enrollment semester for which they are applying.  Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs, Microbiology with lab and nutrition must have been completed in the last seven years. All courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to summer entry into the BS/MS Dual Degree CDHL Program.

  • Please see for rules and regulations regarding international students.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. Results should be sent to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs. The code number is 5848.

TOEFL scores must be between 80-85 iBT (internet based test), 550 paper based or 213 computer based to be considered for the dental hygiene program here at the University of Maryland Baltimore.