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Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education

Master of Science

The Master of Science (MS) in STEM Education program prepares educators to work in the development and implementation of research, curriculum materials, and educational activities in formal and informal Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education settings, such as schools, research centers, museums, industry, cultural institutions, and community agencies. It also prepares future candidates for PhD programs.

The MS program enrolls a maximum of 15 students per year and admits candidates with backgrounds in Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Technology, Engineering, Education, Psychology, Child Development, Cognitive Science, and other related areas that demonstrate a commitment to understanding the issues and challenges involved in the research and practice of Mathematics Education, Science Education, or Engineering Education. Students with strong backgrounds in physics may also consider the Physics Education track, which we offer in collaboration with the Department of Physics & Astronomy.

Candidates without a baccalaureate in Mathematics, the Sciences, or Engineering are required to take additional graduate level courses in their focal content area in order to reach a level of expertise that at a minimum is equivalent to that of a Tufts BA/BS in that content area.

Upon entry into the program, each student is assigned two program advisors, one from the Departments of Education or Child Development and another from the Mathematics, Sciences, or Engineering Departments. The program advisors assist the student in making choices regarding courses, content area, internships, and research activities. Additionally, MS students can apply to continue their studies as PhD students at Tufts.

The maximum time limit for full-time students to complete the MS program is three years.

Research Component

STEM Education

MS students must demonstrate understanding of educational research through the development of a thesis, a project, work with a research team, or an internship.

Course Requirements

MS students are required to complete 12 courses to fulfill the MS in STEM Education degree requirements. 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 Masters Thesis, Project, Research, or Internship experience.

Choice of relevant elective courses and course levels (100 or 200 level) is determined by the students' advisors, in agreement with the guidelines issued by each of the Departments involved in the program. This choice is determined by an evaluation of each student's needs in terms of understanding:

  • Mathematics, Science, or Engineering content knowledge;
  • The socio-cultural foundations of Education;
  • Theory and research on human development and learning in different content areas;
  • Specific knowledge directly related to the development of the MS thesis, project, research, or internship.

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 MS degree.