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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.

Why You Should Enroll

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.

Program Details

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Tuition Cost: Refer to Full-time per Credit Hour Rates for Undergraduate Students on the UK Tuition and Mandatory Fees page.

Coursework Requirements

The program includes 30 hours of coursework culminating in a thesis study designed by the student. The Rank II Certification program is only for KY teachers seeking a rank change. If you are not a KY teacher, then you will complete the traditional program.

The program is not a fully online program and students must be able to commute to UK’s campus in Lexington, KY at least once a week for courses.  However, there are some courses available fully online and others that are hybrid (half online and half on campus) to assist with those students within lengthy driving distances.

The time needed to complete the program varies based on students’ education and professional experiences, interests, and career goals.

For more information, contact Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Jennifer Wilhelm.

How To Apply

Required Materials:

  1. GRE scores (optional, not required)
  2. TOEFL or IELTS (for international students whose native language is not English)
  3. GPA requirement: 2.75 undergraduate; 3.0 Graduate work
  4. 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
  5. A short statement about your career goals and interests
  6. Three letters of recommendation (the online system will email your references to submit their letters)
  7. Interview with STEM Ed faculty specializing in your area of interest (Interview will be scheduled upon completion of application materials)
  8. Onsite writing sample prior to interview
  9. $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 April 15 (to start during the fall) and by September 15 (to start during the spring).

The onsite writing sample and interview can be conducted virtually in cases where applicants are not living within driving distance of UK.

Funding Opportunities

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.  In order to be considered for a funded assistantship, students must have already applied to the program.

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Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have regarding this program. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Jennifer Wilhelm

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies


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State Authorization & Licensure

If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the University of Kentucky is authorized to provide this program in your state of residence. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.

Refund Policies

You can find tuition refund policies, deadlines, amounts, and other important information on the UK Student Account Services website.