Last updated on December 10, 2023.

University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Program Size
14 (estimate)
Program Length
28 months
Application Deadline
February 15, 2024
Program Start
May 30, 2024

Program Contact

Yonette Simpson Director of Recruitment and Academic Advising, Dental Hygiene

9631 Gudelsky Dr. Suite 2154-D

Rockville, MD 20850

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The University of Maryland School of Dentistry’s (UMSOD) Clinical Dental Hygiene Leader (CDHL) program is unique, preparing exceptional students to become leaders in the oral health delivery system. The two-year (including 3 summer semesters) dual-degree program, housed at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG), will enable students to obtain both a bachelor of science and a master of science in dental hygiene at the same time.

The CDHL Dual Degree curriculum includes graduate and undergraduate courses utilizing blended synchronous and asynchronous class activities with scheduled live and in-person pre-clinic, lab, and clinical experiences at the dental educational facility at the Universities at Shady Grove located in Montgomery County and some rotations each semester to the School of Dentistry located in Baltimore City.  A strong emphasis is placed on research, scholarly writing, and understanding the scientific literature, so that graduates are not only competent clinicians, but prepared to review the latest findings in oral health and apply them to making evidence-based decisions about patient care.

The CDHL program is for students who have completed a previous Bachelor’s Degree in a field other than dental hygiene. This program provides graduates the skills to work interprofessionally and assume key leadership roles on interdisciplinary teams in hospitals, public health departments, community clinics, long-term care facilities, and educational and research institutions.

Program Information

Program Type Graduate
Teaching Method Hybrid
Degree Awarded Masters
Program Size 14 (estimate)
Program Length 28 months
Application Deadline February 15, 2024
Program Start Date May 30, 2024
Credit Hours Required to Graduate 98
Supplemental Application Yes
Supplemental Fee No
Accepts International Students Yes
Supports Student Visa No
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Application Requirements

Required Standardized Tests


Other Standardized Tests

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required.

Supplemental Requirements

  • Requires supplemental application

Prerequisite Instructions

Students must successfully complete all courses (57 credits, at least a C grade) from a U.S. regionally accredited university or college by the end of the spring semester prior to summer enrollment. They also must already have a Bachelor’s Degree.

Letters of Evaluation Instructions

Students must submit two recommendation letters: one from a college-level science teacher and another from a dental hygienist or dentist. Recommendations cannot be family members or UMB faculty. A third letter from an employer is optional. 

Other Requirement Instructions

Other required documents to apply to the CDHL Dual Degree program include the following:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Personal statement/essay
  3. Official transcripts
  4. Shadowing form

Additional Information

CDHL applicants are 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 to the Dental Hygiene Program.