MSSE Advising Information
The MSSE staff are your primary “point people” on campus. Visit with us first about any question or concern. We are always happy to help!
After admission to MSSE, there are several MSU requirements to be addressed:
- Immunization Records are required for all students before coming to campus. Information on what records are required and how to submit them are found on the University Health Partners website.
- Prevention Education modules are required for all new admits to MSU, regardless of graduate-level status. Information on the modules and deadlines to complete them can be found on the Prevention Education website.
How to Register
Prior to registration, there a few steps:
- Claim your NetID and login to your MyInfo. This is a secure platform that is used as your student portal pertaining to registration,
billing, transcripts and so on.
- Explore and familiarize yourself with the platform tabs.
- Ensure your Immunization Hold is lifted.
In order to register, the MSSE program requires you to schedule a phone or web meeting with the MSSE Academic Advisor, Holly Thompson, to discuss a plan of study. Please email [email protected] to schedule. To prepare for this meeting:
- First, explore the MSSE Course Catalog and review the Courses by Semester tool to see the most current course listings for each term.
- By clicking on the course link itself, the course description and any textbooks requirements will be available.
- An email from the MSSE office was sent after your completed admission to the program, with an advising checklist to get you started.
- See further information below on potential information and program plan samples.
How to Pay
Your bill will be available in your MyInfo under the Student Services tab, then Electronic Billing and Payment.
Note: your bill may not be immediately available. Once Student Accounts makes each term’s billing process active, it will then be available. You will then be required to Confirm Account/Attendance.
- Pay online through MyInfo using the QuickPay feature.
- If you’re solely using Financial Aid, please connect directly with the MSU Financial Aid Office to confirm your award has been processed. Or check your financial aid status through the MyInfo system.
- If you’re using a third-party pay (e.g. your school district is paying upfront), you will want to connect with Student Accounts and Financial Aid on how the payment should be accepted.
- Please note, in order to utilize Federal Student Loans, you must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits every term.
- In order to move into a Student Loan Referral status, you must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits every term. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for questions on Proof of Enrollment with your lender.
How to Add/Drop Courses
It is strongly advised to consult the MSSE Academic Advisor, Holly Thompson, prior to adding or dropping courses.
- Dropping a course may have impact on your Financial Aid or Loan Deferment Standing.
- Dropping a course may have impact on your Program of Study and timeline to degree completion.
- It is critical to understand the Add/Drop Deadlines from the Registrar’s Office. Review the Add/Drop Schedule before you consider adding or dropping.
- Dropping a course beyond the open drop dates, may result in a “W” for the course, which permanently remains on academic transcript.
How to Withdraw Entirely
It is required consult with the MSSE Academic Advisor, Holly Thompson, prior to choosing to withdraw entirely. In many cases, alternative options exist before a withdrawal is necessary.
- It is critical to understand the University Withdrawal schedule as it quickly impacts the refund you are entitled to. Review the University Withdrawal schedule before you consider withdrawing.
An advising tool used by MSU to offer an online overview of degree completion to date. Housed in MyInfo under the Student Services tab and DegreeWorks link.
- DegreeWorks is updated manually by the Graduate School, once the Program of Study is approved.
- The Graduate School will utilize DegreeWorks to determine eligibility for term of application for graduation.
Online learning platform used for all online MSU courses. It is access via the Brightspace link using the same login information for MyInfo.
- Brightspace/D2L can be accessed 24 hours after initial registration.
- Confirmed registered courses will not be available in Brightspace/D2L until the day they are scheduled to start each term.
Being a productive online learner can be initially challenging, but there are key aspects to understand.
- Each course is structured differently, but all are asynchronous and allow flexibility on when to login and complete assignments.
- It is crucial to immediately review syllabi to obtain a strong sense of course assignment deadlines and expectations.
- Instructors are able to see how often students login to their course, so regular participation and communication is recommended.
Support for new online learners
- Basic support questions on the platform itself can be found under Brightspace/D2L Getting Started
- In short, pay attention to deadlines and maintain organization for multiple courses are a time.
- Always reach out to instructors first for questions and concerns about the course.
MSU holds campus-licenced software for students including, but not limited to, the following;
Office 365 which includes:
- Office for Windows applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Access
- Office for Mac applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote
Adobe Creative Cloud which includes: Acrobat Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, and more.
For a full list of campus-licensed software available to students, please visit the link provided in the UIT Student webpage.
What is a Program of Study?
A Program of Study is a document required by the Graduate School that outlines your timeline to degree completion. This document is due by the end of the second term of enrollment in MSSE.
- A Program of Study is not a contract or set-in-stone upon submission.
- A Revision Form can be submitted to add or remove courses to a Program of Study that do not have a grade on transcript.
- If any type of grade is earned, including an “incomplete”, the course must be finished and remain on the Program of Study, barring extraordinary circumstances
- A minimum of a cumulative 3.0 GPA and a grade of “C” or better for each course, must be maintained for a course to count on the Program of Study.
- Once the Program of Study is approved by the Graduate School, DegreeWorks will be updated to reflect plan of study.
Preparing the Program of Study
- By using the current outline of the fall, spring and summer schedule of courses, a plan of study can outlined on the Program of Study toward the intended summer of graduation.
Three samples of different Programs of Study are included below:
The 30 credit MSSE degree program requires the following:
- Fourteen (14) credits of core education classes (listed below). Core courses must be taken sequentially. MSSE 501 is an exception, as it not required to be taken sequentially, although it is recommended to be taken early on as it is a good introduction to the core course sequence.
- Minimum twelve (12) credits of science courses from two or more content areas, including a summer field/lab course (2 credits)
- Four (4) credits of elective courses which may be any combination of education, mathematics and/or science credits accepted by the graduate committee as appropriate
Core Education Classes:
- MSSE 501 Inquiry through Science & Engineering Practices (2 credits) (fall, spring, summer)
- MSSE 504 Assessment and Evaluation (3 credits) (fall or spring)
- MSSE 505 Foundations in Action Research (3 credits) (spring only)
- MSSE 509 Implementing Action Research (3 credits) (fall only)
- MSSE 575 Capstone Project/Symposium in Science Education (3 credits) (summer only)
- A summer field/lab course (2 credits minimum)
Summer Field and Lab Courses
- Immersive courses held during the summer months at MSU. Courses vary, but most are held over the course of one week and offer 2 credits. One-day, one-credit courses are also available.
- The next summer’s field/lab course schedule is posted by end of January.
- Housing options are available on campus (see information in FAQ).
Faculty Graduate Committee
The MSSE Faculty Graduate Committee consists of three individuals: MSSE Director, Capstone Project Advisor and Science Reader.
MSSE Core Education Instructors
- There are four MSSE Core Education faculty members to choose from, beginning with MSSE 504. One of these instructors ultimately becomes your Capstone Project Advisor.
- The MSSE Academic Advisor can assist with the selection of instructor(s) for MSSE 504 and the remaining MSSE courses going forward.
- The Science Reader is typically a faculty member selected as a sounding-board for the science component related to Capstone Projects.
- Between MSSE 505 and MSSE 509, the role of the Science Reader is explained further, with selection support from MSSE Core instructor.
The MSSE Program does not require a thesis, but instead a Capstone Project and Professional Paper. The project is designed to provide experience and information that aids understanding of science teaching-learning or science curriculum.
- The Capstone Project idea is identified throughout the course of MSSE 504 to MSSE 509.
- In MSSE 509, the formal ideal proposal is submitted to MSSE Core Instructor (Project Advisor) for approval.
- The Capstone Project Advisor will assist with Institutional Review Board (IRB) process.
Spring Capstone Forum
- The Forum is held the spring prior to intended summer of capstone presentation.
- There are no tuition/fees assessed, however, the Forum exists as a course in Brightspace/D2L and participation is required.
- The Forum is intended to serve as a prequel to MSSE 575 Capstone Symposium, where resources and regular communication with Project Advisor aid in completion of Professional Paper and Symposium Presentation.
If any textbooks have been indicated to the MSSE office as required, it will be listed in red at the bottom of the course description. Textbooks are not ordered through the MSU Bookstore and can obtained from wherever is preferred or affordable.
For information regarding ordering an official transcript, go to the Registrar’s Transcript webpage at http://www.montana.edu/registrar/transcript.
Resources for travel to Bozeman and campus maps can be found under Maps, Directions and Parking.
Yes, Dorm Housing is available for registered MSSE students. The dorms have a computer lab, laundry facilities and are located close to dining options. This is a good residence option for you and the best option if you are attending for three weeks or less. Rates may vary summer to summer, so visit MSU Summer Accommodations.
As of October 15th, 2014 the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education has mandated all new, incoming students to Montana State University (regardless of age) are required to complete an authorized program in alcohol education, sexual assault awareness and prevention, and financial literacy. Participation in this program is not an elective; if the modules are not completed in the time allotted, a hold will be placed on your ability to register for the following term.
Start by reviewing the Education Core Faculty bios to consider background and current instructional interests that might be a good match. Consult the MSSE Academic Advisor for assistance, if needed.
DegreeWorks is an advising tool located in MyInfo. It is meant to serve as an updated degree completion overview, however, it is not automatically updated when deviation from Program of Study takes place. Prior to term of application to graduate, a Revision Form can be submitted to update DegreeWorks so it accurately reflects degree progress. See MSSE Academic Advisor for further explanation.