Applications to the Master of Science in Advanced Dental Therapy program are reviewed from September 1st through the application deadline of February 15th. There are two parts to the application process. All application steps noted below in Part 1 and Part 2 must be completed by February 15th. All application items must be submitted electronically through the Applicant Portal.

Admission Process

Class size is limited to 6 students so admission is competitive. The selection process is based on cumulative GPA, prerequisite grades, references, and evaluation of applicant essay. The Department of Dental Hygiene Admission Committee will begin review of completed applications once the application deadline has passed. Applicants should allow approximately 45 business days for admission decisions following the application deadline.

Application File

A complete application file consists of two parts. Begin the application process by first applying online using the online graduate application. Once you've applied online you can login to the Applicant Portal using your StarID and password at any time and upload your remaining documents, submit your references, and check on the status of your application. All application materials become the property of Metropolitan State University and are not returned.

Part One

To be considered for admission you must:

  • Complete the Online Graduate Programs Application. You will use your Minnesota State StarID to complete the application. If you don't have a Minnesota State StarID, you will create one at the beginning of the application. If you encounter difficulty with the online application please email
    • If you do not have or choose not to provide your Social Security number (SSN) please follow the No SSN instructions to activate your StarID.
  • Pay the non-refundable application fee online using the online application. The current fee of $20 is waived for graduates of Metropolitan State.
  • Submit official transcripts showing a baccalaureate degree or equivalent earned from an accredited institution with grade-point average or narrative description describing courses completed.
    • Transcripts from ALL schools attended after high school and from any graduate or professional programs are required.
    • All transcripts from non-U.S. schools must be evaluated (course-by-course) by either ECE (preferred) or WES.
    • Electronic transcripts (preferred) sent to
    • Paper transcripts sent directly from the sending institution (preferred)

Part Two

To be considered for admission you must provide:

  • Goals Essay; upload
    • A word-processed, double-spaced narrative of 750-1000 words, with your name at the top of each page. Please address the following:
    • Describe the area of dental hygiene practice you envision for yourself after completion of graduate study in dental hygiene.
    • Explain how this practice will contribute towards the two goals of our dental hygiene mission: to advance professional dental hygiene and to enhance the health of underserved and diverse populations.
    • Describe and explain life, work, or academic skills, knowledge and/or experience you presently hold that contribute towards these two goals and can be applied in future practice.
  • Professional References; submit reference contact information in the Applicant Portal.
    • Two distinct references from two people; select from two of the three categories:
      • A faculty member
      • A supervisor/employer
      • A professional peer or colleague
    • Once the two distinct references have been received in the Graduate Studies Office the remaining reference item listed in the applicant portal will disappear.
    • Once submitted, references will receive a "noreply" email from Minnesota State with a link to the recommendation form. References should check junk mail if the email is not in their inbox. The link is good for 60 days, however, the application deadline may be sooner. Applicants should remind their references of the application deadline when speaking with them.
  • Evidence of Unencumbered License; upload
    • Evidence of current unencumbered dental hygienist license that meets Minnesota licensure requirements.
    • PDF or an image file of your license or state board login page showing unencumbered license.
  • Computer Proficiency: upload
    • Completed computer proficiency form (.pdf) acknowledges awareness of computer proficiency expectations established by the Dental Hygiene Department.

Part Three - International Students Only

In addition to parts one and two, international applicants in the U.S. or abroad, on any type of visa, are required to provide this information for admission to the university.

  • Proof of English proficiency (official TOEFL or IELTS score)
    • Minimum scores: TOEFL 80 IBT, 213 CBT, 550 PBT or IELTS 6.5
    • IBT=internet based; CBT=computer based; PBT=paper based
  • Financial statement (F1 visa only)
  • Immunization records
  • Copies of passport, visa, I-94, and international home address and phone numbers

Visit International Student Services graduate admissions for part three details.

Pre-Admission Interview

Eligible applicants will be invited for an interview as a final step in the application process. Your professional portfolio, which you will present at the interview, will exhibit your efforts and achievements in the following areas:

  • Career goals/philosophy statement
  • Resume including work/career experience in the field of dental hygiene
  • Current dental hygiene license and certifications
  • Degrees/Diplomas/Academic accomplishments, awards, and/or recognitions
  • Continuing education/professional development and lifelong learning
  • Involvement in professional organizations
  • Community service and volunteer activities
  • Please create an index of the above components for ease of portfolio review

Questions about applying to the Master of Science in Advanced Dental Therapy program?

Questions about the online application, fee, transcripts/transcript evaluations, online recommendation form, and document upload feature can be sent to (preferred) or you can call 612-659-7150.

Questions about Part Two requirements or the program in general can be sent to (preferred) or you can call 651-793-1373.

Contact Information

Graduate Studies Office
MEC Building, Office 4003
1300 Harmon Place
Minneapolis Campus

Mailing address:
1501 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Email address:

Master of Dental Hygiene Therapy
Saint Paul Campus
St. John's Hall, 1st Floor
700 East Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN 55106