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Master of Science Program

The Master of Science degree program includes four sequences:

The STEM Education and Leadership sequence is not a teacher certification program. Certified teachers pursue the degree for professional development. Non-certified teachers also may pursue the master's in conjunction with other courses required for teacher certification.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted, you must have an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or a 3.25 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work. Program applicants with GPA's lower than 3.0 overall or 3.25 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work must submit their scores of the General Test of the GRE to be considered for program admission. Please visit the Graduate School Web site for an application form.

International Students

We recommend international students visit the Graduate School page for additional information.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of their MS studies, students will be able to:

  1. Approach problems and challenges in a systematic way.
  2. Understand trends, issues, and developments in area of specialization.
  3. Demonstrate professional written and oral communication skills.
  4. Effectively use current techniques and technologies of specialization.
  5. Function as a leader in their field.
  6. Understand, evaluate, and apply appropriate research.

Degree Options

Thesis Option

A total of 30 hours is required to complete the degree, including a thesis (for 6 credit hours). After completing the required 5 courses, a student choosing the thesis option will need to complete an additional 9 hours of elective courses.

Culminating Comprehensive Option (Exam, Project(s), Paper(s))

A total of 33 hours is required to complete the culminating comprehensive option. After completing the required courses, a student choosing this option will need to complete an additional 9 hours of electives, and 9 hours in a secondary area of concentration of conceptually connected coursework.

Elective Hours

Elective hours must be from 300 graduate-level or 400-level courses and may include no more than 9 hours combined from TEC 400 Independent Study (6 hours of TEC 400 is the maximum), and TEC 498 Professional Practice. Courses can also be taken from a variety of departments and schools at Illinois State University with prior approval from the Graduate Advisor.

Grade Point Average

In order to be awarded the diploma, in any of the disciplines, the student must have a 3.0 or higher GPA in their program of study.

Time Limitations

All requirements for the graduate degree, in any of the disciplines, must be completed within six calendar years beginning with the date the student first registers as a graduate level student.



Graduate Advisement

Dr. Klaus Schmidt
Phone: (309) 438-3661
Location: 215 Turner Hall
Email: Klaus.Schmidt@ilstu.edu

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