School of Dentistry

Masters (MSc) Dental Hygiene

MSc in Medical Sciences (Dental Hygiene) is offered for post-DHyg applicants or for those proceeding from a BSc or equivalent degree.

  • Application Deadlines

    The deadline for fully documented applications is as follows:

    January 1 (open) - May 1 (close) September admission

    May 1 (open) - July 1 (close) January admission

    It is recommended that international students submit their application 6 months prior to admission date to allow time to process student visa.

  • Entrance Requirements
    Candidates are accepted under the general regulations of the Medical Sciences Graduate Program. Completion of a university degree is required, with a grade point average of at least 3.0 (or equivalent qualification) in the last 60 units of course weight of their program. See Academic Record for Admission for further details.

    The program is research-oriented, consisting of didactic courses, original research carried out under supervision, and preparation and completion of a thesis. It is not a clinical program leading to clinical specialization and is unrelated to licensure. Admission to graduate programs is dependent upon the recommendation of the department’s Graduate Committee. An academic record that satisfies the basic entrance requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission. Enrollment in our graduate programs is limited and the number of  qualified applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available. Admission will be based on demonstrated academic excellence, evidence of previous research experience, and the quality of letters of recommendation.

    Candidates should be prepared to support themselves for the duration of their selected program, although funding from scholarships and studentships may be obtained on a competitive basis.

    Note: Applicants to the program must identify a willing faculty supervisor, a potential thesis topic, and potential funding. This information will be attached to your application (in your letter of intent) for further consideration by the admissions committee.

    English Language Proficiency

    All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission either by:
    1. Possession of a degree or its academic equivalent from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta, in which the language of instruction is English.
    2. A satisfactory score on an approved English language examination as described below.
  • TOEFL paper-based score of 570
  • TOEFL computer-based score equivalent of 230
  • TOEFL internet-based score equivalent of 95 (with at least 20 per section)
  • CAEL minimum score of 70 with at least 70 on each subtest
  • IELTS (Academic test) score of 7.5 with at least 6 on each band
  • Standardized test results must be issued directly from the testing office. Photocopies will not be accepted. Test scores must be valid and verifiable.

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  • Required Supporting Documentation

    Applicants should complete the online application for admission prior to submitting any supporting documents.

    Application documents required:

    Official transcripts (or a certified true copy) from each university/institute attended

    Original degree certificate (or a certified true copy) if your transcript does not indicate a degree earned

    TOEFL or IELTS test score report (if your language of instruction in university was English this requirement may be waived) English Language Proficiency

    A letter of reference and the completed appraisal template from each of 3 different referees

    Your curriculum vitae (resume) which includes education, qualifications, publications and previous professional and research experience.

    Letter of intent – (Describe why you wish to pursue graduate studies at the University of Alberta. Indicate your potential supervisor, the sources of funding, and a potential research topic.)

    Application/Supervisor Checklist

    Note: An academic record that satisfies the basic entrance requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission. Enrolment in our graduate programs is limited and the number of qualified applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available.

    Official documents (transcripts, degree certificates, etc.) may be required upon receiving the conditional offer of admission letter. Documents must be sent directly from the post-secondary institution to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research office. 

    Program Requirements 

    The requirements for this degree consist of coursework, completion of a research project, and preparation of a thesis. Course requirements are recommended by the Supervisor and Supervisory Committee based on the background of the student and the area of specialization to be undertaken. A minimum of 9 in graded graduate level courses is required.