Online Master of Science in Dental Hygiene

College of Dentistry
Advance your career in dental hygiene education through this leading graduate program. 

Ohio State's online Master of Science in 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. This online master's program is designed for students who are licensed dental hygienists and who have earned an undergraduate degree in dental hygiene. The courses expand on dental hygiene knowledge, education methodology, and research analysis, and provide the theory and practice of laboratory, pre-clinical, and clinical dental hygiene instruction. Students are provided with a very personalized experience throughout this program that includes close faculty attention and support, beginning with an on-campus, in-person orientation to get to know their instructors, peers, and available resources.

Campus Requirements: 100% online courses. Students are required to attend one on-campus, in-person orientation prior to the start of the program on July 31 and August 1, 2024, to meet the cohort and faculty, as well as connect with university and college resources. If coming to campus to connect with the new cohort of students presents an exceptional hardship, please reach out to the program director to discuss.

Class Format: Students will take part in both synchronous and asynchronous classes.

Credit Hours Required: 38  

Cost Per Credit Hour: $812.07 (includes instructional and general fees). See the full cost breakdown here. 

Admission Requirements: A bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene or an associate degree from an accredited dental hygiene program, a minimum undergraduate degree GPA of 3.0, an active dental hygiene license 

Time to Completion: Four semesters (2 years) 

Headshot of Amy Shah, online Master of Science in Dental Hygiene graduate
Amy Shah
Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Graduate
"Because of the courses that I took in this master’s program, I got a great foundation for how to teach dental hygiene and was able to get an adjunct teaching position at a local college."

Sample Courses


Advanced Dental Hygiene Educational Theory and Methods

This course is the study of theory, principles and research related to the faculty role in active teaching and learning, critical thinking, development of curricular framework, outcomes and course delivery methods found in dental hygiene education.

Introduction to Dental Research Designs

Conceptual and technical problems in the development and implementation of clinical, behavioral and basic science research projects related to dentistry.

Statistical Analysis and its Application to Dental Hygiene

Conceptual foundation of statistics related to basic, clinical and behavioral dental science

Instructional Strategies in Dental Hygiene Education

This course explores theories and concepts on the teaching of dental hygiene students including technological advances in classroom teaching.

Featured Faculty

Assistant Professor - Clinical
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