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Master of Science in Multidisciplinary Science (MSCI)

The Master of Science in Multidisciplinary Science (MSCI) degree program integrates scholarship, research, and practice in collaboration with individuals, communities, educational institutions, and agencies. Offered by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education, the program is designed to meet the professional needs of middle school math and science teachers or high school science teachers by expanding their science and math content and pedagogy knowledge.

Program Overview

Students complete 36 credit hours of graduate coursework in integrated math and science education based upon the area of emphasis chosen - middle or high (secondary) school. Specifically designed for employed teachers, this program focuses on increasing pedagogy and content knowledge with cross-disciplinary teaching and learning applications. Students will be placed in a cohort that allows opportunities for interaction with their peers and instructors.

Coursework is offered online in the fall and spring semesters with a three-week face-to-face session each summer. Meeting locations depend on the area of emphasis chosen:

  • Middle School - TTU Center at Junction in Junction, TX
  • High (Secondary) School - Main Texas Tech Campus in Lubbock, TX

Semester-based courses align with the Academic Calendar of Texas Tech University.

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Contact the program coordinator by phone.

  • Name: Dr. David Lamp
  • Phone: 806.742.3234

Application Process

Applicants must have a valid Texas teaching certificate and must be currently teaching in a middle or high school.

  1. Apply to Texas Tech University's Graduate School as a master's student.
  2. Apply to Texas Tech University's College of Education
    • Complete the College of Education Application.
    • Select your program of choice - middle school level or secondary school level.
    • Contact program coordinator with questions related to requirements and options.
    • Upon acceptance, students will be assigned an advisor to assist with financial support applications, registration, and orientation. If you are rejected from the Graduate School, contact the Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Research at 806.742.1998, ext. 447 for advisement regarding the admission appeals process.
  3. Apply for financial aid and/or general scholarships.
    • Financial aid is distributed based on full-time enrollment and several other eligibility requirements. Your enrolled hours as of the 12th day of class in the fall and spring semesters determines your enrollment status for the semester, and financial aid is disbursed accordingly. Attending less than full-time could mean a reduction in aid. Learn more.
  4. Check your admissions status. Texas Tech University will notify you of your admissions status by updating the Applications tab in your Raiderlink.

Program Requirements

Option 1: Designed for High School Teachers (36 Credit Hours)
  • ATMO 5302 - Weather, Climate, and Applications
  • BIOL 5311 - Ecology for Teachers
  • BIOL 5312 - Cellular Molecular Biology for Teachers
  • CHEM 5360 & 5361 - Conceptual Chemistry for Teachers I & II
  • EDSE 5377 - Science Curriculum and Instruction (Capstone Course)
  • GEOL 5340 - Advances in Historical Geology
  • IS 5301 - The Nature of Science for Teachers
  • MATH 5360 & 5361 - Advanced Mathematics for Teachers I & II
  • PHYS 5371 - Conceptual Physics for Teachers
  • PHYS 5372 - Astronomy as it's Taught
  • Students will also be required to complete a comprehensive evaluation.
Option 2: Designed for Middle School Teachers (36 Credit Hours)
  • BIOL 5311 - Ecology for Teachers
  • CHEM 5360 - Conceptual Chemistry for Teachers I
  • EDCI 5371 - Curriculum and Instruction in Science and Math Education
  • EDCI 6306 - Instructional modifications of Universal Access to Math and Science
  • EDCI 5372 - Assessment Issues in Science and Math Education
  • ENGR 5300 - Integrating Math, Science, and Tech in the Context of Engineering
  • IS 5301 - The Nature of Science for Teachers in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • MATH 5360 & 5361 - Advanced Math and Statistics for Teachers I & II
  • PHYS 5371 - Conceptual Physics for Teachers
  • PHYS 5300 - Integration Research Techniques in Mathematics and Science
  • PHYS 5373 - Mathematical Modeling of the Physical World
  • Students will also be required to complete a comprehensive evaluation.

Students may also pursue advanced graduate work that would lead to a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in science and math. Contact Teresa Neal at 806.742.1998, ext. 430 for more information.