Students seeking a 33-credit Master of Arts in Science in a Changing World (SICW) should take four required courses, four electives, and three final courses. Alternatively, a Graduate Certificate in Science in a Changing World is available to those who wish to complement a Master’s degree in another program or otherwise do not wish to pursue a full MA Students with particular interests in the broader concepts of thinking and reflective practice may instead choose to pursue a related track called Critical and Creative Thinking, which places an emphasis on applications of critical and creative thinking to work, educational, and personal spheres and also leads to an MA degree or Graduate Certificate.

The MA in Science in a Changing World can be earned completely through face-to-face sections, completely through online sections, or a combination. SICW courses also allow students from other graduate programs to fulfill elective requirements.

Non-degree students can also take SICW courses; this opportunity, together with workshops, summer institutes, monthly evening forums, and invitations to join online communities of practice further extend the range of educational experiences offered by the program. To accommodate the schedules of teachers and other professionals, courses are offered after 4 pm, in intensive sessions during the summer, and online. While it is possible for a full-time student to complete the master’s program in two academic years, most students combine the program with their ongoing careers and therefore take longer. MA students complete the four foundation courses, four electives, and three final required "research and engagement" courses including a capstone synthesis.

Required courses:


Four electives can be chosen from across the graduate school but it is recommended that the combination of foundation, elective, and research and engagement courses meet minimum numbers in each of the three areas of Science, Interpretation of Science in Context, and Pedagogy and Civic Engagement:

  • Masters students should aim for at least 4 courses in each area and, if Science is not the student's undergraduate major or subsequent training, at least 6 in Science.
  • Professional Science Masters students must take at least 6 courses in Science and at least 3 in Pedagogy and Civic Engagement, one of which involves an internship or supervised activities in schools, workplaces, communities, businesses, or the policy arena.

Subject to the approval of the Program Director, up to two undergraduate courses (300-level or above) may count as electives.

The Program Director, in consultation with the program faculty, determines which distribution area(s) any course counts for. Contact the Program for a current list of courses and areas in which they fit. Courses offered by departments in the College of Science and Mathematics, with the exception of policy-oriented courses, automatically count for the Science area. They are explicitly included in the list only if they also count for another area.

Research and Engagement