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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MSSE Graduate, Linda Rost, Magazine Article


Linda Rost, a 2018 MSSE graduate, the 2020 Montana Teacher of the Year, and a National Teacher of the Year finalist, was featured in the March 2024 edition of Montana State University’s DXI Dyslexia & Innovation magazine.

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In The News

2016 MSSE graduate Christina Pavlovich and MSSE thermal biology instructor Dana Skorupa are the co-authors of recently published research articles.
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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





MSSE News Archive

View past MSSE news and announcements.

Archived News