Application Deadlines

The deadlines for both Domestic and International applicants are:

Fall Semester - August 15th
Spring Semester - November 30th

Summer - April 30th

Required Tests

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for the Master of Science in Science Education program.

International Applicants

English proficiency scores with the following minimums: TOEFL (80), IELTS (level 6.5), or PTE (54), are required for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and are not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. or if the student is from a country where the English proficiency score is waived.

Please see our International application process page for a list of countries where the english proficiency score is waived as well as more information on applying as an International student.

Additional Admission Requirements

For additional required admission documents please see program website or view list of requirements in the graduate application portal. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.


MSSE is an intercollege, interdisciplinary effort. Online graduate courses are offered during the fall semester, spring semester, and summer session and will be taken by asynchronous, computer-mediated communication. Montana-based field and lab graduate courses are offered during the summer session.

The program of study may begin with online courses in any semester or summer campus field/lab science courses at the MSU-Bozeman campus. Study continues with online courses that students take from their homes or workplaces, and ends with a final campus visit for presentation of the results of a personalized science education capstone project. Over 80% of the courses and credits may be taken online by asynchronous, computer-mediated communication. Thirty semester credits are required for the degree. Students typically will complete the degree in two or three years.

Please see the MSSE Degree Timeline

In addition to completing a group of core courses (14 credits total) which includes the 3-credit capstone course, students develop interdisciplinary combinations of science courses (12 credits minimum) from offerings in biology, chemistry, earth science, microbiology, plant sciences, physics, and other related areas. The final 4 credits in the 30-credit program are electives selected from education and/or science courses. See Course Catalog.

Interdisciplinary efforts and incorporation of both science content and pedagogy have been encouraged during the development of courses. Each student seeking the degree is advised by a three-person faculty committee, and programs are designed taking into account the student's background, interests, and career goals.