Science Teaching - Graduate Studies Online and in the Field

Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies in Science Education at Montana State Universityallows science educators of all backgrounds to gain knowledge and competence in the science disciplines of their choice. Online science and education courses are offered year-round, allowing students the flexibility to design an online curriculum that caters to their personal and professional interests. During the summer, educators from all over the world have the opportunity to converge on Montana State’s Bozeman campus to experience science through popular field and lab courses that utilize the state’s diverse environment to teach scientific principles and provide models of field-based instruction. With an emphasis on science inquiry, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and K-12 classroom-focused content, our courses are tailored to meet the needs of formal and informal science educators.


  • Online courses (Fall, Spring, Summer)

  • Immersive Field and Lab courses (Summer)

Programs We Offer

Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE)

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MSSE provides an interdisciplinary and student-centered program for earning a master's degree in science education.


Graduate Certificates

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Choose from graduate certificates in teaching Chemistry, Climate Science, Earth Science, Elementary School Science, Life Science, Physics, and STEM. 


Professional Development

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As a non-degree graduate student, you can choose from a variety of science content courses. Apply credits you've earned towards future certificates and degree options.


Coursework Options

 BiologyCell Biology and Neuroscience • Chemistry andBiochemistry • Computer Science • Earth Science • Education• Electrical Engineering

Engineering • Land Resources and Environmental Science • Mathematics • Microbiology• Health and Human Development• Physics• Plant Sciences

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Award Winning Faculty

Courses are taught by MSU and MSU-affiliated instructors who are experts in their field. Our faculty are university scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and science educators, all experienced in online teaching. Our faculty practice a hands-on, inquiry-based style that mirrors the classroom and sparks new ideas. Visit the MSSE News page for a glance at some recent accomplishments. 

Tuition and Affordability

Affordable, competitive tuition rates are available to both Montana residents and out-of-state students. 


Special Announcements

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Vince Lorenz has been recognized for his extraordinary teaching as this year’s AAPG Foundation Teacher of the Year. He is one of only 27 teachers to have ever received this honor. MSSE would like to congratulate Vince on this latest achievement!
Vince graduated from the MSSE Program in 2020. He also accompanied MSSE on its first international trip to Nepal in 2023, where he visited local schools and completed a trekking expedition in the Everest region. He is held in high regard by his administration and colleagues and brings a global perspective and real-world problem-solving to geoscience education, engaging and challenging his students.
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MSSE Graduate Patrick Simmons earns Doctoral Degree  

Patrick Simmons graduated from the MSSE program in 2007. He taught science for 16 years before serving in administration for 6 years. He is currently a middle school principal in Virginia.


Patrick completed his Doctor of Education in Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University in May of 2024. His dissertation in practice (Capstone) can be accessed here:

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MSSE Welcomes New Instructor Chris Pavlovich

Chris earned her master’s in science education, graduating from the MSSE Program in 2016 before completing her PhD through the MSU Department of Education. She is a state and national award-winning educator and received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2022—the most prestigious recognition granted to STEM teachers by the U.S. government. Included among her many talents is the ability to make STEM subjects relevant and accessible to students with projects that apply science principles to real world situations.


Don’t miss the opportunity to have Chris as your instructor for three upcoming MSSE courses: Exploring Biology, Plant Science: It Grows On You, and Land Use Issues in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

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Summer and Fall 2024 Course Registration

Registration opens on March 25th! Check out the full schedule of popular summer field courses, as well as the extensive list of online offerings for the summer and fall semesters.

Summer 2024 Courses

Fall 2024 Courses


MSSE News Archive

View past MSSE news and announcements.

Archived News