Master of Arts in Science Teaching Degree (MAST)

The MAST degree is designed to meet your needs as a professional science educator.  The program can be taken on the Flagstaff campus or online through video conferencing. Whether you want to increase your knowledge of pedagogy or science content in order to improve your practice or you are interested in becoming a leader in your school or district, we are here to help you.

The MAST degree is designed for:
  • Licensed secondary (middle or high school) science teachers pursuing advanced knowledge in the profession.
  • Secondary science teachers preparing for leadership roles such as secondary curriculum, instruction or professional development specialists, department heads, etc.

Degree requirements

For this degree you will take the following 33 hours of coursework:
  • 12 hours of science education coursework including:
    o SCI 610 – Advanced Science Teaching and Learning
    o SCI 611 – Advanced Science Curriculum and Instruction
    o SCI 612 – Using Science Assessments to Facilitate Instructional Change
  • 15 hours of graduate level science content courses including:
    o SCI 613 – Nature of Science: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives
    o Other content courses at NAU or other institutions
  • 3 (min.) hours of capstone courses (may be divided over multiple terms)
In addition, you will be required to complete and defend a capstone project to your graduate committee.  These may include:
  • A professional  portfolio
  • A master’s thesis
Your degree coursework and culminating experience (portfolio or thesis) will be defined in coordination with your faculty advisor. Please see the general guidelines for more information.


  • Applications are accepted through the Graduate College’s online system.
  • You may apply to begin in the following terms:
    o Summer (due by April 15th)
    o Fall (due by July 15th)
    o Spring (due by November 15th)
  • General requirements include:
    o 2 letters of recommendation
    o Minimum of 24 units of appropriate content-specific coursework in the sciences with a grade of “C” or better.
    o Resume or Curriculum Vitae
    o Personal statement or essay
    o List of courses taken in the field
  • Please see MAST’s entry in the Academic Catalog for details on the admission requirements.

Are you a resident of Alaska, American Samoa, California, Colorado, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Marshall Islands, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Palau, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming? If so, you may be eligible for in-state tuition through the Western Regional Graduate Program. Click HERE for more information.

See here for the MAST program of study form to be used with your faculty advisor.

Financial Aid

There are many funding sources available to help you afford your education.


Please contact the lead faculty advisor:

Ron Gray, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Science Education
Center for Science Teaching and Learning
Northern Arizona University
Building 21, Room 159
(928) 523-3618