The Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE) program offers unique online and campus-based courses in all science disciplines designed for traditional and informal science educators. An emphasis on science inquiry, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and a culminating Capstone Project, often based on the Action-Research model, are hallmarks of the program.

Why choose MSU?

Montana State University is a public land-grant institution and Montana’s largest university. MSU is home to exceptional faculty and students who contribute to over $100 million in research expenditures, with a large portion being STEM-related. Multiple departments run research and community outreach through National Science Foundation (NSF) grants and the university is committed to community engagement and improving student beliefs regarding the learning of science. As an MSSE student and through your Capstone Research Project, you will directly contribute to the vast efforts both in Montana and around the globe to make science a critical part of a student’s education at every level.

MSSE Degree at a Glance


  • Online (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • Campus-based Field/Lab Course and Capstone (Summer)


  • 30 Credits


  • $302.82 per credit - Montana Resident
  • $411.46 per credit - Non-Resident

Time Frame

  • 2 to 3 years is most common
  • Up to 6 years to complete all coursework

Degree Awarded

  • Master of Science in Science Education 



Special Announcements

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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

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MSSE Galapagos Expedition for Teachers

Join the MSSE program for an exciting new international field course running July 22-31, 2024.

Expedition Details




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Do you know any educators who would be a good fit for MSSE? You can submit a Refer-A-Bobcat Form 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 Submissions Form
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