Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted for the fall semester, spring semester, and summer session. The preferred application submission deadlines are:

Fall Admission: August 21st
Spring Admission: January 4th
Summer Admission: May 31st

If the deadline has come and gone and there are still courses that have not begun, admissions is probably still possible. Contact Holly Thompson to see if you can still be admitted for an upcoming semester at [email protected] or 406-994-7485.


Applicants should have:

  • a bachelor's degree in science, science education, elementary/middle school/secondary education, or a related area
  • be a practicing educator with a strong science background
  • an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher

If you have an undergraduate GPA that is less than 3.0, you may be admitted to the Certificate Program on a provisional basis. Please contact Holly Thompson at [email protected] 406-994-7485.

How to Apply

Applicants should:

  • Apply to MSU as a graduate student:
    • Pay the one-time application fee of $60
    • Online Application:
      • Under the "Admission Type Applying For" section, select Online Only - Certificate
      • Next, under "Program Selection," select the Certificate option you are applying for
  • Submit the following to MS in Science Education, NTEN Certificate Programs:
    • official transcripts from your undergraduate degree granting institution and graduate degree granting institution (if you have a graduate degree)

Electronic copies of official transcripts (preferred) can be sent to:

[email protected]


Hard copy official transcripts can be sent to the following address:

NTEN Program
451 Reid Hall
PO Box 172805
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT  59717-2805

Applicants can expect to receive:

  • a letter from the Graduate School with your MSU ID number approximately 10 business days from the date you submitted your graduate student application

Transfer Credit

Up to three graduate credits taken as non-degree from courses in the MSU National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN) or Masters of Science in Science Education (MSSE) programs will be considered. Transfer credits from other accredited institutions may also be considered. All transfer credits are subject to approval. 

If you would like to transfer credit into the Certificate Program, please contact us at [email protected] to request approval.

Credits taken toward the NTEN program may also be applied toward the MS in Science Education (MSSE) degree program. Please inquire early on for more information.

Learn more about graduate transfer credit.

For More Information

Please contact:

Holly Thompson
NTEN Project Coordinator
MS in Science Education
Montana State University
451 Reid Hall
PO Box 172805
Bozeman, MT 59717-2805

Tel: (406) 994-7485
Fax: (406) 994-5575
[email protected]