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M.S. in STEM Education Courses and Requirements

Students are required to complete 12 courses to fulfill requirements for the M.S. in STEM Education degree. These include:

  • 5 courses from Groups A, B, C, and D (at least one course from each group);
  • 2 graduate courses in the Mathematics, Sciences, or Engineering Departments;
  • 2 or 3 elective courses from Group E;
  • 1 course from Group F (Program Seminar);
  • 1 or 2 courses for Master's Thesis, Project, Research, or Internship experience.

Selection of relevant elective courses and course levels (100 or 200 level) is determined with the student's advisors, in agreement with the guidelines issued by each of the departments involved in the program.

Transfer of graduate course credits obtained from other institutions and not applied to previous degrees depends on the content of the course, the student's performance in the course, and the relevance of the course to the student's plan of study, as judged by the student's advisors and by the STEM Education Program Committee.

No undergraduate courses will count towards the M.S. degree.

Research/Internship Requirement

M.S. students must demonstrate understanding of educational research through a thesis, project, work with a research team, or an internship. Faculty support and closely supervise students' research/internship experiences.

Ph.D. in STEM Education Courses and Requirements

Student are required to complete 18 courses to fulfill requirements for the Ph.D. in STEM Education degree. These include:

  • 12 courses from Groups A, B, C, D, and E (at least one course from each group is required);
  • 2 courses from Group F (Program Seminar);
  • 2 graduate courses in the Mathematics, Sciences or Engineering departments;
  • 2 courses for dissertation work.

These requirement can be adjusted, depending on the student's background, as evaluated by their advisors and by the STEM Education Program Committee. For instance, a student with a master's degree may be granted waivers for up to eight courses. Transfer of credits depends on the content of the course, the student's performance in the course, and the relevance of the course to the student's plan of study, as judged by the student's advisors or the Chair of the Dissertation Committee and by the STEM Education Program Committee.

No undergraduate courses will count towards the Ph.D. degree.

Research/Internship Requirement

Ph.D. students must complete an original research study for their dissertation. The program is built around a set of experiences designed to help students reach this goal. In addition to coursework, Ph.D. students complete two qualifying papers. Students consult with their advisors about productive and appropriate topics. Ideally, qualifying papers lead to professional presentations and publications and into the dissertation project.

Download STEM Ph.D. Program Requirements.

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