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Master of Science in STEM Education

The curriculum for the Master of Science in STEM Education is targeted towards in-service teachers and stresses current developments in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines. In addition to subject matter knowledge, emphasis is placed on STEM pedagogy and educational research. Because of the varied backgrounds of students, the degree program can be designed to allow flexibility in choosing course offerings. Special Topics courses and seminars are frequently offered, expanding the program choices. Programs of study for each student are designed in consultation with the STEM Education Graduate Program Coordinator.

Students will select STEM content coursework from the numerous existing STEM courses that are offered as part of the general curriculum. Courses may be selected from the offerings by the following departments:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Geosciences
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science (MS in STEM education-computer science emphasis)
  • Philosophy
  • Material Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Instructional and Performance Technology

The MS in STEM Education program is structured to maximize coursework flexibility for students, particularly K-12 STEM educators. Out of the 33 required program credits, 19 credits are from specific required courses. Thirteen of these credits are to be taken from four graduate level core courses in the CIFS Department. The additional nine required credits come from the thesis/project (6 credits) and ED-CIFS 503 Fundamentals of Educational Research (3 credits). The remaining 14 credits for the program are to come from courses that are “planned by the student and the graduate advisor.”

Master of Science in STEM Education

Course Number and TitleCredits
Required courses:
ED-CIFS 506 Issues in Education (4)
ED-CIFS 536 Curriculum Planning and Implementation (3)
ED-CIFS 537 Instructional Theory (3)
ED-CIFS 503 Fundamentals of Educational Research (3)
Science, Math,
or Engineering Education and Content Area Courses (In compliance with BSU
graduate degree policy no more than 9 hours upper-division undergraduate
non-education credits may be applied towards this Master of Science degree.
No workshop credits may be applied here.) All course work must be approved
by graduate student’s committee and advisor.
Culminating Activity:
ED-CIFS 593 Thesis or ED-CIFS 591 Project (6)
A thesis or project, as mutually agreed upon by the candidate
and the committee, is required. Selection of a thesis implies a research
emphasis with a topic related to instruction, curriculum, or some other
aspect of an educational program with a thesis format. Selection of a project
implies a project related to instruction, curriculum, or some other aspect
of an educational program.

Students may apply to the Graduate College in person or on-line at  Admission to the Graduate College on Regular status requires a 3.0 GPA for undergraduate and post-graduate work, although provisional admission for students not meeting that standard is possible.

For further information, please contact Dr. Sara Hagenah at