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

How to Apply

Application Deadlines

Students may be admitted for the Fall or Spring semester. Summer admission is not available.

Fall semester July 1
Spring semester November 1

1 Review Minimum 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

  • 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.

Before your application for graduate study is considered, all application materials must be received.

2 Apply Online

  • Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online).
    • Select “Natural Sciences Education MNSE – Distance” when choosing the program of study.

3 Submit Application Materials

Gather all of the following materials and submit during the online application process or to Dr. Donald Mykles in the College of Natural Sciences:

  • Professional resume or vita
    You may include this in the online application process, email it as an attachment to, or submit a paper copy.
  • 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. You may include this in the online application process, email it as an attachment to, or submit a paper copy.
  • Official transcript
    Include 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. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed university envelope or sent electronically to, if the home institution offers this option.
  • Three letters of recommendation
    It is recommended that letters come from faculty, supervisors, or others who can accurately speak to your skills as a science teacher and student.

    Important: Letters may be mailed or emailed as an attachment to, but must come directly from the recommender.

Sending application materials

Any materials that cannot be submitted online or via email should be sent to the address below.

Dr. Donald L. Mykles
Director, MNSE Program
Department of Biology
Campus Delivery 1878
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523

You will receive confirmation from the College that your complete application has been received. Your application is then reviewed by the admissions committee, and, in about two weeks, you will receive written notification from the Graduate School of your admission 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.