Teaching of Biological Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #37 (ARWU) Online
The Master of Science in the Teaching of Biological Sciences (M.S.) degree program is designed for graduate students in a biological discipline who wish to earn teacher certification while completing the MS Degree in Biology.


Individuals who are already certified to teach biology in Illinois public schools may enter the program to earn the MS degree while taking graduate courses in both biology and education.

Biology is changing rapidly. Help your students think like a biologist and give them the tools to lead the next wave of change. Online courses in the Master of Science in Teaching Biology meet the needs of today's biology teachers. The fully online format enables in-service teachers to bring the latest advances in biology and evolving pedagogy directly into the classroom.

The Online Master of Science Teaching Biology (M.S.) degree program is designed to give practicing teachers the opportunity to earn the M.S. in Teaching Biological Science or graduate credits in biology while living and teaching at home. Teachers certified to teach biology in public schools and admitted by the University of Illinois may take any of these courses, whether they are in a degree program or are a non-degree student.

The OMST of Biological Science program offers 6 Biology and 3 Education courses that are 8 weeks in length and completely online. To complete the program and earn a MS degree a student must complete a minimum of 5 Biology and 3 Education courses. The student is free to pick the 5 out of the 6 Biology courses offered that are of the most interest to them, or best fit into their schedule.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Entomology
  • Bioinspiration
  • Insect Physiology

For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

The application requirements vary depending on whether or not the applicant is certified to teach in Illinois. Applicants holding an Illinois Teaching Certificate need only meet the application requirements for the Biology MS Program. Applicants who are seeking teacher certification in conjunction with the Biology MS program must meet additional application requirements for the College of Education to be admitted to the teacher certification program.

All Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) comparable in content and number of credit hours with that granted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    466 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 466 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    466 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 466 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State Applies to you

    466 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 466 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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