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 591 (Lake Ecology)2
June 19-23
BIOE 520undefined
ERTH 516undefined
PSPP 548undefined
June 24
ERTH 594undefined
June 26-June 30
BIOE 523undefined
LRES 557undefined
PSPP 591 (Plants, People, Health)2
June 26-July 1
GEO 521undefined
July 3-7
BIOE 5912
CHMY 594undefined
July 5-8
EDCI 575 (MSSE Symposium in Science Education)3
July 10-14
BIOE 522undefined
EELE 5912
LRES 569undefined
PHSX 591 (Teaching Electricity & Magnetism)2
July 17-21
BIOE 591 (Alpine Ecology)2
CSCI 5922
PHSX 401 (1st week of 2 weeks)3
July 23-28
ERTH 591 (Geology of Glacier National Park)2
July 24-28
PHSX 401 (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 5131
BIOE 5192
BIOE 591 (Anatomy & Physiology)3
CHMY 591 (Chemistry of the Environment)3
CHMY 591 (Exploring Chemistry for Teachers)3
CHMY 591 (Exploring Biochemistry)3
Education, Curriculum & Instruction
EDCI 5363
MSSE 5012
MSSE 591 (Capstone Data Analysis & Classroom Statisctics)2
MSSE 591 (Web Tools for Teachers)3
MB 5413

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