Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Dental Hygiene (MSDH) program requires the completion of Masters Capstone thesis or professional project. The program is 36 credits in length, designed to be completed in two calendar years (6 credits per semester), and must be completed in five years.  The curriculum includes course work in education and public health providing all MSDH students with content that is increasingly beneficial for intended employment after graduation.

This graduate program has the advantage of building on the successful Dental Hygiene program, and the ability to collaborate with health sciences faculty and departmental resources. The University of Bridgeport offers graduate health science programs leading to a Masters in Physician Assistant, Masters in Human Nutrition, Masters in Acupuncture, Doctorate in Chiropractic, Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, and most recently added, a Doctorate in Health Sciences Degree.

In addition, UB offers graduate programs in Engineering, Education, Business, Counseling and Human Resources. By offering shared educational and clinical opportunities, UB intends to develop an integrated program of study, utilizing existing resources.

To learn how MSDH students fulfill these program requirements, visit our Course Offerings page for detailed course information.

Summary of Requirements

Effective for students entering May 2016

DHYG 500 Leadership in Dental Hygiene – 3 credits, 8 weeks
DHYG 501 Grant and Contract Writing – 3 credits, 12 weeks
DHYG 502 Research – 3 credits, 8 weeks

DHYG 503 Clinical and Didactic Educational Concepts – 3 credits, 8 weeks
DHYG 504 Student Teaching in Dental Hygiene Education – 3 credits, 15 weeks
DHYG 506 Global Health Care – 3 credits, 15 weeks
DHYG 508 Curriculum Development and Management – 3 credits, 8 weeks

DHYG 511 Epidemiology – 3 credits*
DHYG 512 Public Health – 3 credits, 15 weeks

DHYG 513 Seminar in Contemporary Dental Hygiene Issues – 3 credits, 8 weeks
DHYG 515 Statistical Reasoning – 3 credits, 15 weeks
DHYG 516 Concentrated Practicum – 3 credits, 15 weeks
DHYG 520 Dental Hygiene Capstone – 3 credits, 15 weeks

NUTR 560H Developmental Nutrition – 3 credits*

*For students graduating May 2017

Graduation Requirements

Dental Hygiene Capstone
The MSDH program requires the completion of a Dental Hygiene Capstone thesis or professional project.


Commencement 2016 – Undergraduate and Graduate @ Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard
May 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

The University of Bridgeport will be celebrating its 106th Commencement Ceremony in May. Conferral of Degrees for the undergraduate and graduate candidates from the School of Arts and Sciences, Ernest C. Trefz School of Business, School of Education, School of Engineering, Shintaro Akatsu School of Design, College of Public and International Affairs, Physicians Assistant Institute and undergraduates in the Fones School of Dental Hygiene Degrees will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT.

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This venue will enable everyone to graduate together with family and friends present (rain or shine) and allow for wonderful photo opportunities (thanks to the tiered seating).

Commencement 2016 – Division of Health Sciences @ Arnold Bernhard Arts and Humanities Center
May 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Conferral of Degrees for the Division of Health Sciences’ graduate candidates from the Acupuncture Institute, Fones School of Dental Hygiene, Human Nutrition Institute, Institute, College of Chiropractic and College of Naturopathic Medicine Degrees will take place on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Arnold Bernhard Arts and Humanities Center, André and Clara Mertens Theater, 84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport, CT.

Discover the Acupuncture Institute @ UBAI
May 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Come explore our University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Institute (UBAI) graduate level programs, including:
  • Acupuncture
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Chinese Herbology
  • Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine – NEW!

Students will have the opportunity to tour the UB Acupuncture Clinic, view a clinic demonstration, and speak with the Director of UBAI and Admissions. Topics covered will include the application process, scholarship opportunities, and how our program can work for you.

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Physician Assistant Information Session @ Wahlstrom Library, 6th Fl
May 16 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Students interested in the Master of Science in Physician Assistant are welcome to join us for information regarding the application process and program details.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Graduate Accepted Student Night @ Tower Room
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

During the event, admitted students will be able to:

• Connect with faculty and current graduate students
• Meet other accepted graduate students
• Finalize their enrollment at the University of Bridgeport

To RSVP, please email or call 203-576-4552.