Program Overview

UNM offers a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene in continuation to the Bachelor 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. 

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.

Learning Goals

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

For more information on our online graduate program in Dental Hygiene, please review our brochure: Master of Science in Dental Hygiene.

Program Details

Tuition and Fees

Total cost per credit hour is $415.66 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. Additional costs are often for textbooks, supplemental course materials, and proctoring fees.

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 NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
DEHY 500Current Issues in Dental Hygiene3
DEHY 501Dental Hygiene Administration3
DEHY 502Instructional Strategies

3

DEHY 503Oral Medicine

3

DEHY 504Dental Hygiene Internship3
DEHY 505Clinical Teaching & Administration3
DEHY 510Dental Hygiene Research Methodology3
DEHY 538Problems: Statistics in Dental Hygiene Research3
DEHY 560Non-Thesis Project (or DEHY 599: Thesis)3
DEHY 599Thesis (or DEHY 560: Non-Thesis Project)1-6

Dental Hygiene Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
DEHY 507Problems1-3

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.

Degree Requirements

Degree Information

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

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admissions, all applicants must:

  • Have a current American dental hygiene license
  • Provide proof of a bachelor degree in dental hygiene, accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0

Application Procedures

The following must be completed by the deadlines listed below, for consideration of admission to the Dental Hygiene program for Master of Science degree:

  • Application to the University of New Mexico Office of Graduate Studies. There is a $50-$70 fee associated with this application.
  • Application to the Division of Dental Hygiene through ADEA DH CAS. There is a $50 fee associated with this application.
    • 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 college transcripts should be provided.
      • If needed, proof of completion of a certificate, associate or bachelor degree program in dental hygiene that has been accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and a regional accrediting agency.
    • Photocopy of National Dental Hygiene Board Examination results.
    • Evidence of an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Three letters of recommendation.
    • A copy of a current American dental hygiene license.
  • Interview with Admissions Committee.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $105 must be included with your application payable online at TouchNet. Applications submitted without the application fee will be incomplete and will not be considered.

Application Deadlines

  • 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 their race, color, religion, national origin, age, qualified disability or military involvement. Equal opportunity for admission is given to all qualified applicants.

 Accelerated Online Program

At a Glance

Major Requirements: 30 Credit Hours
100% Online
Cost Per Credit Hour: $415.66
Length of Classes: 8 weeks each class

College/School: School of Medicine

Tuition: Program Details and Tuition & Fee Information.

Contact

Website: Department of Dental Medicine
Phone: (505) 272-8147
Email: cnathe@salud.unm.edu