Dental Hygiene

The Master of Science in Dental Hygiene (MSDH) Program Admission Requirements

Students must submit completed applications and supporting materials no later than:

Fall Admission Deadline: April 1

Spring Admission Deadline: November 15

Completion of an Undergraduate Degree

Applicants must complete a baccalaureate degree from a college or university accredited in the U.S. or its equivalent from a school in another country. This degree may be in progress during the application process, but must be completed prior to beginning the MSDH program. The applicant's degree can be from dental hygiene or any related field.

Application Checklist

Apply to ISU Graduate School

Admission Requirements for the Graduate School at ISU

  1. Complete the Graduate School application, send supporting documents, and pay associated $55.00 application fee to ISU. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate School.
  2. Send results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) to the ISU Graduate School. Refer to test websites to find testing locations and times. The minimum standards (GPA calculation based on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work) are:
    • GPA 3.5 or higher - No standardized test (GRE/MAT) required
    • GPA 3.0-3.499 - Must score in the 40th percentile on at least one area of the GRE OR 40th percentile on the MAT
    • GPA 2.5-2.999 - Combined Verbal/Quantitative score of 1000 (prior to 8/1/11) or 300 (post 8/1/11) on GRE or 45th percentile on the MAT
    • Below 2.4999 - No admission
  3. Approval of admission by the Dean of the Graduate School

Apply to Department of Dental Hygiene

  1. Complete the Dental Hygiene Department application form for the MSDH degree and mail, fax, or e-mail required documents.
  2. Required documents include:
    • Photocopy of license to provide evidence of current dental hygiene licensure in good standing
    • Evidence of previous education in local anesthesia and nitrous oxide administration is preferred. Provide evidence of successful completion of classroom and clinical experiences in local anesthesia and nitrous oxide administration. Evidence could include transcripts, course descriptions, expanded functions or continuing education certificates.
  3. Submit two recommendation forms:
    • One recommendation must be completed by an individual who has personal knowledge of the applicant's clinical skills such as a faculty member from a dental hygiene program, employer, or colleague. Recommender can mail, fax, or e-mail the completed form.
      Clinical Recommendation Form
    • Second recommendation must be completed by an individual who has personal knowledge of the applicant's academic and professional qualifications for graduate study such as a faculty member, officer of a professional association, or colleague. Recommender must mail, fax, or e-mail the completed form.
      Professional Recommendation Form
  4. Official transcripts that are sent to the Graduate School will be evaluated to provide evidence of:
    • Graduation from an accredited entry-level dental hygiene program or its equivalent from another country
    • Bachelor's degree in dental hygiene or related field
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in upper division and dental hygiene course work
  5. Complete a telephone or personal interview.
  6. Contact the Department of Dental Hygiene, Division of Graduate Studies, for further information:

JoAnn R. Gurenlian, RDH, PhD
Graduate Program Director and Professor
Department of Dental Hygiene
Division of Graduate Studies
Telephone: 208-282-2482
Fax: 208-282-4071

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Requirements

Students whose native language is not English must take the GRE and achieve at least the 50th percentile on the Verbal section. Additionally, the applicant must complete the TOEFL Examination with a total score of 550 (paper based) and 213 (computer based). The score of Section I of the exam must be 55 (paper based) and 21 (computer based).

Letter of Introduction

While not required, all applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of introduction outlining their interest in the field, work experience, personal goals, and specific skill they believe will help them be successful in an on-line graduate school and in their profession. This letter should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Dr. JoAnn R. Gurenlian, Graduate Program Director, , at


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