Natural Sciences Education Master of Natural Sciences Education (M.N.S.E.)

How to Apply

Application Deadlines

Fall semester July 1
Spring semester November 1

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1Review Admission Requirements

The Master of Natural Sciences Education (M.N.S.E.) degree requires you to have the following, at a minimum:

  • A bachelor's degree in a science or science-related discipline from a regionally accredited institution
  • A 3.0 GPA in undergraduate coursework (exceptions may be made for students who are applying through Track II Admission)
  • Be a practicing instructor and/or licensed educator
  • Applicants with strong science backgrounds and a desire to become educators are considered for admission on a provisional basis. (Note: The MNSE program does not provide a teaching license.)
  • GRE test scores are not required

Note that meeting the minimum standards does not ensure admission to the program. Admission to Colorado State University graduate programs is based on a number of factors, including prior academic and professional experience and the personal statement.

2 Prepare Application Materials

Prepare the materials below and upload when you apply online.

  • Three letters of recommendation
    Three professional recommendations are required. It is recommended that letters come from faculty, supervisors, or others who can accurately speak to your skills as a science teacher and student. You will provide information about your recommenders in the online application. CSU will contact them with instructions and a link to a secure form they will submit on your behalf.
  • Resume or vita
    Outline your professional employment, collegiate work, and any publications, exhibitions, service activities, prizes, and awards.
  • Statement of purpose
    The statement of purpose is typically 1-2 pages and briefly describes your background, educational goals, research interests, and why you would be a good fit in the program. Please include if you would like to pursue the Coursework Option or Research Option in your statement. Please include your statement in the online application process.

3 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. You do not need to wait for transcripts to move your application forward.

  • Select “Natural Sciences Education MNSE – Distance” when choosing the program of study.

4 Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript of all collegiate work completed from every institution attended, whether or not you received a degree from those institutions. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Official transcripts can either be mailed in or sent as e-transcripts.

Send e-transcripts to: gradadmissions@colostate.edu

Send paper copies to:
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Check Your Application Status

  • View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.
  • Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and notify you of their decision.

International Applicants Only

International applicants must include the following items in addition to those listed above:

  • Official transcript translations
    If transcripts are in a language other than English, ensure official copies include a certified translation into English.
  • TOEFL scores
    • Submit official TOEFL scores directly from ETS. Photocopies are not accepted.
    • The ETS institution code for CSU is 4075.
    • It generally takes 3-6 weeks for ETS to send the scores to CSU, so allow plenty of time.
    • The minimum score for applicants is 80 on the internet-based test (550 on the paper-based test or 6.5 on the IELTS).
    Generally, applicants may be exempted from the TOEFL or IELTS requirement if the official language of your country is English or if you have recently earned a degree at an American university. If you have questions about whether you qualify for this exemption, contact the Graduate School.

Questions? Contact a Student Success Coach for help with your application. Call (970) 492-4898.

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