Admission Requirements

Applicants should apply through ADEA DHCAS. (American Dental Education Association Dental Hygiene Centralized Application Services). The link to ADEA DHCAS is After opening the ADEA page, look for the icon that reads, DHCAS (Under Application Services).  For more information, contact the graduate program director, Ms. Lynn Russell, at 901-448-6823 or email

We are now accepting application for Fall 2016.  Application deadline is June 15, 2016.


  • Graduation from an ADA CODA accredited dental hygiene program located in the U.S. or Canada.
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA earned in B.S. degree program; 3.0 cumulative GPA earned in dental hygiene course work *
  • Valid dental hygiene license in at least one state in the United States. If an applicant holds more than one license, each license must be in good standing with no pending or current disciplinary action. Proof of licensure and status will be required before the student is admitted to the program.
  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university

* Applicants who do not meet the 3.0 minimum GPA must provide evidence to the admissions committee that demonstrates the likelihood of academic success.

Required application materials:

  • UTHSC application for admission plus a non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts of all previous academic work
  • Three completed recommendation forms (suggested references include dental hygiene program director or faculty, professional colleague, employer, non-dental hygiene faculty)
  • Essay explaining the applicant’s main area of graduate dental hygiene interest.
  • Foreign applicants whose native language is not English must submit results of TOEFL, with minimum score of 550 on the paper-based exam, 233 on the computer based TOEFL, and 100 on the internet TOEFL exam. UTHSC does require TOEFL for applicants whose first language is not English unless the applicant has successfully completed a higher education degree program that was delivered in English.

General Applicant Information:

The MDH Program participates in rolling admissions and accepts two classes per year that begin in August and January. A telephone or personal interview is required of all applicants considered for admission. Click on the Admissions or the Online Application and follow the directions for admission.

Grading Scale:

The grading scale for MDH graduate students is as follows:

93-100 A
85-92 B
76-84 C
70-75 D
Below 70 F

Graduate students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher each semester. Dismissal from the program may result if the GPA falls below 3.0.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. The following requirements must be satisfied to earn the degree of Master of Dental Hygiene.
  2. Satisfactory completion of the  33 semester hour MDH curriculum.
  3. Students must complete all courses and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  4. Students must file an application for graduation for either December or May graduation.
  5. Students must complete all courses within five (5) years of enrolling in the program.
  6. Satisfactory completion of the Capstone Project.
  7. Students' dental hygiene license should remain in good standing throughout the program and must be in good standing at the time of graduation.
  8. Students must discharge all financial obligations to the university and remove all deficiencies documented by the Registrar. to the University and remove all deficiencies documented by the Registrar.

Attendance at graduation is required. Those unable to attend commencement must obtain permission to receive the degree in absentia by filing a written request with the Dean of the College.


College of Dentistry

5th Floor North
875 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901-448-2528