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Application & Admission

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Only applicants holding a Teaching Certificate will be considered for admission

  • Applications for Summer 2024 are due May 1 , 2024.
  • Applications for Fall 2024 are due July 1, 2024.
  • Applications for Spring 2025 are due November 15, 2024

Applications can be completed online through the Apply Yourself program.

Click here to begin your application.

The program code for the Online MST Program is 10KS5278MSU.

Admission steps:

Under Proposed Program, choose Biology

Under Degree, choose Teaching of Biological Science (Online)-- MSU.

Concentration/Field of Specialization is None.


Non-degree seeking students will contact Christine Happ (

  • Non-degree students are required to have a teaching certificate, the same as full program applicants are required.

For more information about applying to online programs at the University of Illinois, please visit the office of Online & Continuing Education.

Admission Requirements

All applications must include:

  • Official transcripts from every post-secondary institution you have attended.
  • At least three letters of recommendation, preferably from recommenders in academic or professional positions.
  • Proof of teacher certification in Science, preferably in Biology.
  • Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution in the United States or from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad in content and number of credit hours with that granted by the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign.
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A=4.0), or comparable GPA for an international applicant, for the last two years of the undergraduate program is the minimum requirement for admission.
  • A personal statement where applicants provide a brief background of their teaching experience and teaching philosophy and explain their ultimate goal in participating in this program.
  • **The GRE is NOT required.
  • Reliable access to high-speed internet is essential for success in this program. Students will be expected to spend 10-20 hours each week engaged in online materials, most of which require high-speed internet access at the time of access.

Hints when turning in documentation:

Each document for upload needs to be less than 2000kb. If you need assistance in reducing the file size, please contact the staff at

International Student Admission Requirements

These are the requirements as listed on the graduate admissions page for international students, in addition to those listed above:

  • Submission of a $90.00 application fee.
  • International applicants who are requesting F-1 or J-1 visa eligibility documents are required to submit Proof of Funding Documentation.
  • Provide evidence of English Proficiency.

    International applicants must meet minimum requirements based on their country of origin.

    Students whose native language is not English must present their official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination as part of their applications with the following required minimum scores:

    • 613 on the paper-based test,
    • 257 on the computer-based test,
    • 103-104 on the Internet-based test (iBT)
  • TOEFL must be taken within two years of the proposed term of entry; older scores are not valid. Request that the official TOEFL scores be sent directly to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The institution number is 1836 and the program code is 00 or 35.
  • For additional requirements, please see the application instructions, the application checklist, and contact your proposed program of study office.