About this Program

Entry-level and B.S.D.H. Post-Licensure online dental hygiene students who have a cumulative 3.30 grade point average and senior standing may complete the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene to Master of Science (BSDH-MS) dental hygiene linked program application. This program allows exceptional undergraduate students the opportunity to take up to 12 credit hours of graduate course work and apply them to both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Program Highlights

  • Program allows students to "accelerate" through the baccalaureate to the master's program using a common 12-hour graduate credit core toward each degree.
  • Students can complete the master's degree while investing less time and money.
Degree Level
Degree Earned
Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's of Science Program
Delivery Modes


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What are the requirements to apply for Dental Hygiene at ODU?
Students entering the Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's of Science Program program in Dental Hygiene should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.
  • Complete B.S.D.H.-M.S. Dental Hygiene Linked Coursework Application.
  • BSDH Post-Licensure students submit their application to the BSDH Post-Licensure Online Program Director. BSDH Entry-level students submit their application to the BSDH Entry-level Program Director.    


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Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

ADHA Institute for Oral Health Scholarship Program

ADHA’s Institute for Oral Health Scholarship Program offers financial assistance to dental hygiene students and dental hygienists who demonstrate a commitment to advance the discipline of dental hygiene. The call for scholarship applications begin in October of each year. Visit adha.org to learn more.


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