Master of Science in Biology for Science Teachers
The two-year program is designed to fit the schedules of working teachers. It consists of two summer institutes, three weeks each, in residence at Washington University. The remaining coursework during the academic years will be completed online. Summer housing is available for out of town students and included in the cost of the program.
Teachers in the program continue working together throughout the summer and online courses, using social media to develop a professional networking group.
- Earn a Master of Science in Biology from Washington University in two years while continuing to work at your current job.
- Learn from leading researchers in St. Louis and top-notch faculty at Washington University, one of the most prominent research universities in the country.
- Gain skills to build your department as a team and acquire nationwide contacts with colleagues who are working to strengthen biology education.
- Spend two three-week summer sessions at Washington University’s main campus, participating in courses with renowned faculty. Housing and on-campus meals are included in the program cost.
- Participate in professional networks to keep in touch with colleagues and to provide support when writing papers and conference proposals.
- Develop leadership skills for curriculum innovation at the district, local and national levels.
Washington University in St. Louis faculty created and piloted this degree with 90 biology teachers as a National Science Foundation (NSF) teacher institute. Barbara Schaal, Mary-Dell Chilton distinguished professor in biology, and Victoria L. May, assistant dean in Arts & Sciences, used a blend of current research in life sciences and in education to design the program.
Using the NSF program as its benchmark, the MS in Biology for Science Teachers degree is now available and open to teachers nationwide.
Schaal, a leading researcher in the nutrition and evolution of plant crops, is also the vice president of the National Academy of Sciences, and a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Her interest in helping all students understand the interconnectedness of living systems led to her involvement with the program.
Biology faculty who teach in the program use their own and related current research in the courses to demonstrate importance of scientific issues to the global community.
Tuition & Fees
The pricing for this 30-credit program varies between Residential and Non-Residential (commuting) participants. For reference purposes only:
- Residential pricing for 2017 is $12,350/year and 2018 is $12,725/year (includes $1,100 for housing and meals and $825 in lab fees per summer). Total cost is $25,075.
- Commuter pricing for 2017 is $11,250/year and 2018 is $11,625/year (per credit hour rate is $695 in 2017 and $720 in 2018, plus $825 lab fee per summer). Total cost is $22,875.
Tuition is billed each semester. Students will be enrolled in at least 4.5 credits per semester, making them eligible for federal financial aid (loans). Pricing does not include books. Parsons Blewett funding is available for St. Louis Public School Science Teachers.
required course work
Academic Year / Online Courses
Note: the MS in Biology for Science Teachers is only available during the summer semester.
The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed, required documents have been received, and the application fee is paid.
Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College.