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Online Masters for Science Educators

Our Online Masters Program 

The Department of Biological Sciences is proud to offer an online, non-thesis Master of Biological Sciences designed specifically for teachers and other science educators interested in biological sciences. This program is fully in a distance-learning format and lectures are available 24/7.

We offer two academic paths to accommodate your needs: one for advanced students not seeking an additional degree, and one for students wishing to attain a Non-Thesis Masters for Science Educators in Biological Sciences degree:

Advanced Student Status (Non-Degree Seeking) - Admission to the Non Degree category is restricted primarily to those who may benefit professionally from additional study at the graduate level. For example, current primary, middle grades and secondary education teachers wising to gain recertification most commonly apply as Non-Degree Seeking students. Regardless of the student’s reason for applying non-degree, in all cases the non-degree student must receive permission from the program coordinator or the department chair before enrolling in any graduate course. Please note that if you have been previously enrolled at Clemson anytime in the past six years as a Non-Degree Student in the same area you wish to apply to, then you do NOT need to complete this application. Rather, please complete the Graduate Application for Re-Entrance page (if the PDF doesn't load, update or change your browser.)

Non-degree seeking students may complete courses in our program curriculum before applying as a degree seeking student. Students who have taken courses from our program curriculum before their admission to the graduate program may transfer 12 credits of those courses into the non-thesis degree program. 

Please note that the tuition rate is higher for Advanced Student Status students (see Finances.) Non-degree seeking students may benefit financially by applying to the degree-seeking program even though they do not intend to complete the program.

Non-Thesis Masters for Science Educators in Biological Sciences (Degree seeking students) - This option requires a total of 30 semester hours of graduate course work. At least 18 of the 30 hours must be at the 800-level. Up to twelve credits of courses below the 800-level may also be transferred with the permission of the Graduate Advisory Committee. To transfer, the course content must be similar to a required course. Also, transfer credits must not have been used to satisfy the requirements for any other degree and must have been completed within the six-year period preceding the date the graduate degree will be awarded. Transfer courses cannot be revalidated for graduate credit. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

A research proposal and project whose results are presented in written format is also a requirement of the non-thesis Master's degree. The scope of the research project is not as extensive as the regular Master’s thesis degree option. However, it is expected that a non-thesis student will conduct original scientific research (one semester of data collection during BIOL 8480) and write a research report (BIOL 8490) that is of the caliber of a manuscript suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. The student and student’s graduate committee will determine the research project. For example, teachers may choose a research project that involves using their students to collect and analyze data.

Accreditation - Clemson University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the bachelor's, master's, educational specialist and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Clemson University.