Master of Arts in Science Education

If your career plans include teaching a wide range of science courses at the elementary, middle, or high-school levels, then Ball State’s master of arts in science education will be excellent preparation. This degree pathway offers in-depth studies and research opportunities designed to make you an outstanding teacher in the sciences.

What You Will Learn

In this program, you will increase your knowledge in the science areas you teach, and you may also earn credits that you can apply to license renewal.

Ranked among the nation’s top physics departments with the strongest professional master’s degree program by the American Institute of Physics, our department will provide you with:

  • powerful educational and technological resources
  • research-oriented training
  • personal attention

What It’s Like to Earn an MA in Science Education at Ball State


In our department, you’ll have the chance to work alongside your peers and faculty PhD experts on your choice of physics-related research concentrations.

Research actively pursued in our program includes:

  • astronomy and astrophysics
  • computational nanoscience
  • condensed matter physics
  • medical physics
  • nanomaterials and devices
  • nuclear and radiation physics
  • particle physics
  • physics education

Students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply for teaching assistantships with the department or through the University’s Learning Center.

These positions come with a tuition waiver, a stipend, and eligibility for student health insurance through the university, among other benefits.

Our students also frequently support themselves through jobs with Ball State’s Office of Information Technology.

Through research projects, you gain valuable professional skills and experience working with modern technical facilities and equipment. These include the College of Science and Humanities supercomputing cluster, a new 20-inch diameter telescope in the observatory, and more.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is also a member of the SARA consortium that operates three research-grade telescopes located in some of the best sites in the world: southwest Arizona, Chile, and the Canary Islands. Our students (and occasionally high-school students) often make observations with these telescopes and become authors on published scientific papers.

Careers in education and outreach are fostered through the Charles W. Brown Planetarium on campus.

Our Society of Physics Students (SPS) is an active, student-run club that engages in a number of social and outreach programs.

The SPS organizes cooperative events with organizations on campus, including our annual “Clash of the Sciences” demo competition between physics and chemistry student groups.

Program Requirements

This program consists of 30 credits in approved science education courses, a research paper or creative project, and your chosen concentration (high school or elementary/middle school).

Options

High School

In this program, you will have the option of completing SCI 690 (Workshop in Science Education) and/or approved coursework in one or more of the following content areas:

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • earth/space science (geology and/or astronomy)
  • environmental sciences
  • physics

In this program, you will have the option of completing SCI 690 (Workshop in Science Education) and/or approved coursework in at least three of the following content areas:

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • earth/space science (geology and/or astronomy)
  • environmental sciences
  • physics

Credits

Total: 30

  • core courses: 12
  • option courses: 18

Courses

A few of the classes you will take may include:

  • SCI 699 Research Methodology in Science Education
  • RES 697 Research Paper
  • CRPR 698 Creative Project
  • SCI 690 Workshop in Science Education

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Graduate Catalog.

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Paying for Your Education

Tuition and Fees iconTuition

Not only do you get to learn from faculty who are leaders in their fields, but you can do so at one of the most competitive prices in the Midwest.

Department Scholarships

On top of the dozens of funding options offered through Ball State’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, our department awards scholarships to our own students. Find a scholarship.

Department Graduate Assistantships

A graduate assistantship is an excellent opportunity to gain meaningful professional experience while helping cover the costs of your degree. Learn more.

Ready to Apply?

Are you interested in pursuing this degree? Then you will need to meet our admissions criteria and apply.

More Information

If you would like to learn more about this program or about Ball State Graduate School in general, please complete our online form to request more information. Or if you’d like to speak with someone in our department directly by phone or email, please contact us.