The program is designed for teachers and supervisors (K-college) and professionals in related fields, such as medical education, college teaching, museum program management, and outreach programs. It is intended to provide experience in understanding teaching and learning and the research processes required to advance the field.

The MS in Science Education assumes that candidates have completed an undergraduate major in a given science area (or combination of science areas), science education, or in elementary education with a science emphasis. Teaching licensure/certification is recommended. The MS in science education requires a minimum of 38 s.h. of graduate coursework. A candidate's specific program of study will be approved on an individual basis with the science education faculty.


For a complete list of requirements and courses:

Admissions and Application

Application deadlines:

  • Fall semester—January 15
  • Spring semester—December 1 (October 1 for international students)
  • Summer session—April 15 (March 1 for international students)

Faculty will review all graduate applications for admission and assistantships—including those submitted by international students—beginning January 15. Assistantships will not be offered until late March. Applications received after January 15 will be considered only if space and funding are available.

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions
  • Bachelor’s degree should be in a science area (or combination of science areas), science education, or a degree in elementary education with a science emphasis
  • Undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better on a four-point scale
  • English Proficiency Requirements (international applicants)
  • Teaching licensure/certification (recommended)

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Official TOEFL scores may be required for some non-native speakers of English
  • A statement of purpose describing their reasons for pursuing graduate work and their goals for graduate study
  • An academic writing sample
  • Three letters of recommendation*

* You will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders, including their email, on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email with instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.

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Please review the required supplemental documents above before starting the general graduate application. To begin the application process, set up an account with an existing email address and password.

Contact Us


Application questions can be directed to: Anne Sparks, 319-335-2146,

We look forward to receiving your application!