Biology for Science Teachers

Washington University in St. Louis

24 months
995 USD/credit
995 USD/credit
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Washington University in St. Louis faculty created and piloted this degree with 90 biology teachers as a National Science Foundation 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.

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Using the NSF program as its benchmark, the M.S. in Biology 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.

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.

“Working with colleagues is an especially powerful support for teachers, who can feel isolated in the classroom,” says May. “The M.S. in biology program facilitates interaction among teachers, which we know can encourage change in classroom practice and growth as a professional.”

  • 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Ecology and Environmental Sciences
  • Biological Evolution
  • Neuroscience and Behavior
  • Chemistry for Biology Teachers
  • Case Studies in Biology
  • Plants and People
  • Matter and Energy Transformations
  • Molecular Basis of Heredity

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


  • Semi-structured
  • Regular mandatory meetings
  • Continuous support with feedback on request
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

All applicants for admission to an undergraduate degree or certificate program must submit the following:

  • Complete application 
  • Official transcripts from all previous college work (if applicable) 
  • Personal statement 
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable) 
  • A $35 non-refundable application fee

Tuition Fee

  • International

    995 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 995 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    995 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 995 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.

$665-995 PER CREDIT


All full-time Specialized Masters Program (SMP) candidates admitted to Olin for fall and spring semester programs are automatically considered for our merit-based Dean’s Scholarships – there is no separate scholarship application. These awards can cover partial tuition. Our Admissions Committee will review your application to determine eligibility and notify you of any scholarship award at the time of admission.

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