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)
  • Field/Lab, Capstone (summer)


  • 30 Credits


  • $292 per credit - MT Resident
  • $393 per credit - Non-Resident

Time Frame

  • 2 to 3 Years

Degree Awarded

  • Master of Science in Science Education 




Special Announcements

BIOE523 Summer 2023


The Summer 2023 Bulletin is now live! Use this resource to find more information on field course details, housing registration, the Capstone Symposium, and things to do while you are visiting Bozeman. For students interested in Summer 2023 online courses, these can be viewed in the MSSE Course Catalog.


Summer 2023 Campus Course Bulletin

STEM Teaching


We are now offering a Graduate Certificate in STEM Teaching! Interested students may apply to start in Fall 2023. For more information regarding approved coursework, please visit the MSSE Graduate Certificates page below.


STEM Teaching Certificate Curriculum

MSSE 25 Anniversary Invitation


MSSE is celebrating our 25th Anniversary in 2023! We welcome all MSSE students, graduates, faculty, staff, and their families to join us at our Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, July 8, 2023. We hope to see you there!


MSSE 25 Anniversary RSVP Form

Students posing in front of Yellowstone National Park sign


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