Schools with a Masters in Dental Administration: How to Choose

Dental administration degree programs are usually offered as a concentration in a general public health graduate program. Graduates of these degree programs may find work in private agencies, governmental organizations and academia to research and develop solutions to public dental health issues.

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Master's degree programs in dental administration are typically available through the dental schools and schools of public health of 4-year universities. Most programs are only available to dental hygienists and dental assistants.

Top Public Health Schools

These schools offer master's degrees in public health with concentrations in dental health.

College/University Location Institution Type Tuition 2015-2016
Harvard University Cambridge, MA 4-year, Private not-for-profit $42,874
Columbia University New York, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit $44,176
University of Washington Seattle, WA 4-year, Public $16,278 in-state, $28,326 out-of-state
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN 4-year, Public $17,289 in-state, $25,953 out-of-state
University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA 4-year, Public $13,431 in-state, $28,533 out-of-state
Boston University Boston, MA 4-year, Private not-for-profit $48,082

Source: *National Center for Educational Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when selecting a public health master's degree program:

  • Students do not need a state license, but applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree and should check that their previous work/education experience satisfy admission requirements.
  • Most public health master's degree programs are heavily oriented toward research. Prior to choosing a program, a student should weigh the importance of research versus fieldwork.
  • A student must consider whether the curriculum meets the requirements of the American Board of Dental Public Health.
  • Students may choose to complete online programs, but must also complete internship and fieldwork requirements.

Master of Public Health Emphasizing Dental Health: Program Overview

Master's degree programs focusing on dental public health usually require two years of study. Students typically must complete a thesis or group project investigating and providing a solution to a dental public health issue. Most programs contain observation and fieldwork components in which students must spend time in public health agencies to survey its operation and research public dental health topics of concern.

Dental administration master's degree programs are two-year programs that may require internships and fieldwork experience. Students should decide if they want a program with more research projects or fieldwork.

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