Program Overview

Designed in collaboration with P-12 school partners, our transdisciplinary Master of Science in STEM Education program provides candidates with individualized coursework, professional development opportunities, and job-embedded experiences culminating in a capstone experience that combines action research, teacher leadership, and innovation.

Candidates will complete a program of studies individualized to their goals and future career desires that consists of 30 credit hours of approved graduate-level coursework, including a 12-credit-hour STEM Education Leadership core, 12-credit-hours of content electives, and 6-credit-hours of additional teacher leadership electives.


Graduate Assistantship opportunities are available for our students. We begin reviewing applications for teaching assistantships in April for funding to begin in the fall semester. However, applications are accepted throughout the year. Availability and renewal depends upon classroom teaching and research needs, and priority is given to students enrolled in our degree programs.

Full-time assistantships involve about 20 hours of job duties and include a stipend, full tuition waiver, and student health insurance.  Please note that assistantships are not guaranteed to be available for all students needing this opportunity as positions are limited.

How to Apply

Required Materials:

  • GRE scores (preferably from within the past 10 years – if you are a KY teacher applying for rank change, GRE must be within the last 5 years)
  • GPA requirement: 2.75 undergraduate; 3.0 Graduate work
  • Official transcripts: official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must be submitted to the Graduate School (send to The Graduate School, Attn: Admissions Office, 201 Gillis Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0033) – unofficial transcripts can be submitted to initiate application process, but all admissions are contingent upon receipt of official transcripts
  • A short statement about your career goals and interests
  • Three letters of recommendation (the online system will email your references to submit their letters)
  • Interview with STEM Ed faculty specializing in your area of interest (Interview will be scheduled upon completion of application materials)
  • Onsite writing sample prior to interview
  • $65.00 admissions fee paid in full (international students: $75.00)

Gather the required materials and submit an application to the Graduate School.

Applications are accepted throughout the academic year. In order to guarantee accept/deny decision and time to enroll, domestic applications must be submitted AT LEAST one month prior to the beginning of the semester in which you wish to enroll. International applications must be submitted by March 15 (to start during the fall) and by August 22 (to start during the spring).