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

Gokyo Lake in Nepal


Follow along with MSSE on our first international field trip in Nepal. We'll be sharing updates, pictures, and insights from the trip, October 1-12.


MSSE Nepal Blog

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Callan Bentley, MSSE's ERTH596 instructor, will be presenting a session honoring the career of Rick Diecchio at this year's Geological Society of America conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 15, 2023. Rick Diecchio was a former MSSE instructor and taught ERTH596 in the past.


A Virtual Field Experience to Glacier National Park, Montana

MSU News Featuring MSSE


We’re excited to share that MSSE was recently featured in a MSU News article following our 25th Anniversary Celebration! Check out the story below.


Montana State’s master’s degree program for science educators celebrates a quarter century of success

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MSSE's 25th Anniversary Celebration was held July 8, 2023.


Enjoy the video recap of the celebration

STEM Teaching


We are now offering a Graduate Certificate in STEM Teaching! Intended to start in Fall 2023. For more information regarding approved coursework, please visit this link


STEM Teaching Certificate Curriculum

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Do you know any educators who would be a good fit for MSSE? You can submit a Refer-A-Bobcat request to refer them to our degree or certificate programs. Referred students who apply and are admitted are eligible for a three-credit tuition waiver.


Refer-A-Bobcat Form