Dental Hygiene (MS)

Increase your knowledge skills and training to open up new possibilities in your career.

Dental Hygiene Advanced DegreeMove beyond the clinical setting and into the growing fields of education, marketing, community or international health, research, or administration.

Through academic courses, independent study, research and practical experience, you will be prepared to meet the present demand for dental hygiene leaders, practitioners, educators, oral health promoters, administrators/managers and researchers.

Looking for the BSDH to MS accelerated option? Please visit the Dental Hygiene (BSDH) page.

Why ODU for a Master's in Dental Hygiene?

Old Dominion University's School of Dental Hygiene is committed to the preparation of dental hygienists for accountable leadership roles in today's health system. Toward this end, we offer an innovative curriculum leading to the Master of Science degree with an emphasis in dental hygiene, and specialized options in education, administration/management, research, marketing and community health.


There are 22 credit hours of core requirements:

  • DNTH514 Educational Concepts for Health Professional I
  • DNTH515 Research Methods in the Health Sciences
  • DNTH516 Administrative Leadership and Professional Development
  • DNTH668 Internship (in specialty area) (Practicum/Field Experience)
  • DNTH604 Clinical Teaching & Administration in Dental Hygiene
  • CHP 640 Data Interpretation Methods for Health Care, or
    FOUN 722 Intro to Applied Statistics/Data Analysis
  • DNTH660 Educational Concepts for Health Professional II

Additional courses are required in an area of specialization and electives. The total number of credits required depends on whether you choose the thesis or non-thesis option. Please visit the School of Dental Hygiene web site for more details.

Calculating Cost

Graduate Distance Learning Tuition Classification Cost per credit hour
Virginia residents (with Virginia domicile) $464
Students living outside of Virginia $501
* In Virginia but without Virginia domicile $1160

Rates are effective Fall 2015 and subject to change. Please visit ODU's main Admission & Financial Aid web site for complete tuition details, including fees and deadlines.

For questions about domicile or “in-state” status as it applies to tuition rates, please click here.

Careers In This Field

Beyond the clinical setting, dental hygiene professionals are finding exciting new career paths in:

  • Global Health
  • Public and Community Health
  • Higher Education
  • Research
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Marketing
  • Administration and Management

Admission Information

To be considered for this program, you must have a Bachelor's degree in dental hygiene, or a Bachelor's degree in a related field plus an accredited certificate or associate degree program in dental hygiene.

For detailed guidelines on the admissions process and other requirements, please visit the School of Dental Hygiene web site.

If you are an international student interested in taking this program online from your home country, please contact the ODU International Admission Office for assistance.

Learning Environment

Courses in this program are offered in this technology:

Online Asynchronous: Access course materials online from any location. These courses require little to no synchronous (same-time) scheduled class meetings, but assignments and exams are scheduled by the instructor. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Practicum / Internship: A practicum or internship is a required part of this program.