Last updated on November 7, 2022.

The Ohio State University College of Dentistry

Program Size
7 (estimate)
Program Length
24-36 months
Application Deadline
Program Start
August 1, 2023

Program Contact

Rebecca Henderson Interim Graduate Program Director
3040F Postle Hall 305 W. 12th Ave Columbus, Ohio 43210
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The Ohio State University Master's of Dental Hygiene Program is a two-year online course of study designed to prepare dental hygienists for a career in dental hygiene leadership and education. This degree gives dental hygienists the knowledge and experience needed to teach in a dental hygiene program.

Program Structure and Scheduling:

The College of Dentistry has developed a curriculum to prepare students for careers in dental hygiene education and leadership. The Master of Dental Hygiene program focuses on individualized educational and field experiences, combined with a substantive core curriculum that gives dental hygienists the knowledge and experience to teach in a dental hygiene program - in an all online format.

The graduate program consists of courses in education, research, leadership, including a thesis and an internship. Synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences are facilitated online.

Students matriculate in the autumn semester. Full-time students will complete the program in two years; the part-time option allows students up to five years to complete the degree.

The curriculum requires 38 semester hours, including a thesis and an internship.

For more information check out the MDH webpage at

Program Information

Program Type Graduate
Teaching Method Online
Degree Awarded Masters
Program Size 7 (estimate)
Program Length 24-36 months
Application Deadline Rolling
Program Start Date August 1, 2023
Credit Hours Required to Graduate 38
Supplemental Application No
Supplemental Fee No
Accepts International Students No
Supports Student Visa No
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Application Requirements

Required Standardized Tests

No standardized tests are required for this program.

Prerequisite Instructions

  • Baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene, or an associate degree from an accredited dental hygiene program and a baccalaureate degree in a related field 
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in undergraduate education and a minimum of 3.0 in the dental hygiene major
  • A current dental hygiene license
  • English proficiency requirement, if you come from a country where the first language is not English, unless you earned a bachelor’s degree or higher in an English-speaking country.

Letters of Evaluations Instructions

2 Letters of Recommendation

Other Requirement Instructions

  • A statement of intent describing your educational and professional goals and objectives. Explain why you are applying to the Master Dental Hygiene program and how your educational goals and research plans could contribute to our program. (300-700 words)
  • A summary of relevant work, volunteer or professional experience, date and title of any publications, research experience and any professional speaking engagements.