Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE)

Designed to be completed in two Summer Sessions with five or more semesters interim distance learning course work.

The Master of Science in Science Education degree program is designed for practicing science educators.  This intercollege-interdisciplinary degree is sponsored by the colleges of Agriculture; Education, Health and Human Development; Letters and Science; and The Graduate School at MSU.  The degree program is coordinated by Intercollege Programs for Science Education.

Thirty semester credits of course work are required for the degree.  The program of study includes distance courses that students take by computer-mediated conferencing from their homes or work places and summer campus courses.  The program ends with an on-campus summer session in which the student presents the culminating capstone project.

All students complete core courses (12 credits) in education and develop interdisciplinary combinations of courses (18 credits) from offerings in biology, chemistry, earth sciences, microbiology, physics and other areas.  About three-fourths of the courses are offered through a distance learning mode of instruction.

Each student is advised by a three-person faculty graduate committee, and graduate programs are designed taking into account the student’s background, interests and career goals.

Summer Session 2017 will include the following courses:

On-Campus Courses

Courses are restricted entry.  For more information and registration details, contact or (406) 994-5679.

June 12-16
LRES 591Special Topics (Lake Ecology)2
June 19-23
BIOE 520Animal Biodiversity in GYE2
ERTH 516North Rocky Mtn Geology2
PSPP 548Flower Plnts of North Rock Mtn2
June 24
ERTH 594Seminar1-4
June 26-June 30
BIOE 523Wildlife Ecology2
LRES 557Thermal Biology in YNP2
PSPP 591Special Topics (Plants, People, Health)2
June 26-July 1
GEO 521Dinosaur Paleontology2
July 3-7
BIOE 591Special Topics2
CHMY 594Seminar1
July 5-8
EDCI 575 (MSSE Symposium in Science Education)3
July 10-14
BIOE 522Birds of Prey2
EELE 591Special Topics2
LRES 569Ecol of Invasive Plants in GYE2
PHSX 591Special Topics (Teaching Electricity & Magnetism)2
July 17-21
BIOE 591Special Topics (Alpine Ecology)2
CSCI 5922
PHSX 401Physics by Inquiry I (1st week of 2 weeks)3
July 23-28
ERTH 591Special Topics (Geology of Glacier National Park)2
July 24-28
PHSX 401Physics by Inquiry I (second week)3

Distance Delivery Courses

For more information and registration details, visit the MSSE website at or call (406) 994-5679.

June 12 - August 4
BIOE 513Terrestrial Ecology of Plains and Prairies1
BIOE 519Riparian Zones/Wetlands2
BIOE 591Special Topics (Anatomy & Physiology)3
CHMY 591Special Topics (Chemistry of the Environment)3
CHMY 591Special Topics (Exploring Chemistry for Teachers)3
CHMY 591Special Topics (Exploring Biochemistry)3
Education, Curriculum & Instruction
EDCI 536Construction of Curriculum3
MSSE 501Inquiry Sci Eng Prac2
MSSE 591Special Topics (Capstone Data Analysis & Classroom Statisctics)2
MSSE 591Special Topics (Web Tools for Teachers)3
MB 541Microbial Genetics3

For more information on the Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE) Program visit our website at or contact:

Diana Paterson
MSSE Associate Director
451 Reid Hall
P.O. Box 172805
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-2805
(406) 994-5679