Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2024!
UNM offers a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene in continuation to the Bachelor's Degree in Dental Hygiene. The Master of Science Degree Program in Dental Hygiene is intended to develop dental hygienists to teach, develop dental health programs in a variety of settings, conduct research, and provide care as collaborative dental hygiene practitioners throughout New Mexico.
The accelerated online program for a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene launched in Fall 2022. See "Degree Requirements" tab for more information on admissions requirements and application deadlines. Tuition information is found on the "Program Details" tab.
Interested in dropping by for a Zoom session to hear more about our Accelerated Online Program with Director Christine Nathe? Click on a date and time that work for you!
- September 13 @1PM-2PM
- October 24 @ 11AM-12PM
- November 23 @ 12PM-1PM
- December 8 @11AM-12PM
NOTE: The University of New Mexico cannot confirm whether this program leads to licensure or advanced certification in your home state. Prior to applying for admission, contact your state dental board to assure that, upon completion of the program, you are qualified to obtain a license or other form of certification.
In your online coursework, you will build upon the knowledge gained in your baccalaureate work, including emphasis on the following areas:
- Enhance decision-making skills by participating in graduate-level dental hygiene courses
- Develop problem-solving skills for independent dental hygiene practice
- Contribute to the dental hygiene scientific body of knowledge
- Conduct research and theory development in the dental hygiene sciences
- Participate in graduate dental hygiene internship experiences in educational settings, rural areas, industry and community outreach sites
Tuition and Fees
The total cost per credit hour is $428.12 base tuition. There is a student technology fee charged each semester. It is $150 in the Fall, $150 in the Spring, and $20 in the Summer. There may be additional costs, depending on the class, for textbooks, supplemental course materials, and proctoring fees.
To be considered for admission, all applicants must have:
- A current American dental hygiene license.
- Proof from a school that is both Regionally and CODA-accredited that you possess either:
- a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene OR…
- an associate degree/certificate in Dental Hygiene AND a bachelor’s degree in any science.
- An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale.
International Students: If you earned a degree in either Dentistry or Dental Hygiene from an institution outside of the United States or Canada, please reach out to our International Admissions & Recruitment Office, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following must be completed by the deadlines listed below, for consideration for admission to the Dental Hygiene program for the Master of Science degree:
- Application to the University of New Mexico Office of Graduate Studies. A $60 fee (for domestic students) is associated with this application.
- Official college transcripts should be provided.
- Up to three letters of recommendation (not required).
- Application to the Division of Dental Hygiene.
- Proof of a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene or a related field, and in the latter case, proof of having completed an accredited certificate or associate degree program in dental hygiene. Official or unofficial college transcripts should be provided.
- If needed, proof of completion of a certificate, associate or bachelor's degree program in dental hygiene that has been accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and a regional accrediting agency.
- Evidence of an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Photocopy of National Dental Hygiene Board Examination results.
- A copy of a current American dental hygiene license.
- Interview with the Program Director (Once applications have been submitted, students are contacted to schedule this interview.)
- A non-refundable application fee of $125 must be included with your application payable online at TouchNet.
- All applications are reviewed once all required procedures are complete. Applications submitted without pieces will be incomplete and will not be considered.
- Fall semester application deadline: July 31.
- Spring semester application deadline: November 30.
- Summer semester application deadline: April 30.
All applicants will be notified of their admission status. Selection will be given to qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, age, qualified disability, or military involvement. Equal opportunity for admission is given to all qualified applicants.
In order to graduate with a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene from UNM, a student must:
- Maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher
- Satisfactorily complete all graduate courses
- All graduate work, including transferred coursework, must be completed within a seven-year period
About the Program
This program requires the successful completion of at least 30 credit hours of graduate-level course work (500-level) and the completion of a thesis or project. It offers innovative courses and an online curriculum.
Dental Hygiene Required Courses
|Course Number||Course Name||Credit Hours|
|DEHY 500||Current Issues in Dental Hygiene||3|
|DEHY 501||Dental Hygiene Administration||3|
|DEHY 502||Instructional Strategies|
|DEHY 503||Oral Medicine|
|DEHY 504||Dental Hygiene Internship||3|
|DEHY 505||Clinical Teaching & Administration||3|
|DEHY 510||Dental Hygiene Research Methodology||3|
|DEHY 538||Problems: Statistics in Dental Hygiene Research||3|
|DEHY 560||Non-Thesis Project (or DEHY 599: Thesis)||3|
|DEHY 599||Thesis (or DEHY 560: Non-Thesis Project)||1-6|
Dental Hygiene Elective Courses
|Course Number||Course Name||Credit Hours|
NOTE: The University of New Mexico cannot confirm whether this program leads to licensure or advanced certification in your home state. Prior to applying for admission, contact your state dental board to assure that, upon completion of the program, you are qualified to obtain a license or other form of certification. If you need assistance contacting the licensing agency in your state, contact UNM Online at (866) 869-6040.