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Program Overview


The Master of Chemical and Life Sciences, Online (MCLFS) provides the flexibility teachers need to keep learning and stay current in the STEM disciplines of biology and chemistry. MCLFS will make a powerful difference in your teaching career. This content-based, graduate degree provides in-depth knowledge of current research areas in the biological, biochemical, and biomedical science including genetic engineering and gene therapy to chemistry, ecology, and concepts of bio-complexity.

MCLFS features program features online instruction that is supplemented with an in-person learning element. The program offers broad academic guidelines so that students can select the courses in which they are interested. Designed for middle and high school teachers, students can earn a University of Maryland degree while continuing to work full-time with minimal disruption to personal and professional life. Full-time or part-time study is welcomed.

MCLFS is offered through the Department of Entomology in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. In 2019, the MCLFS was ranked 6th in the nation as best online master’s in biology programs. Students with specific academic questions should contact Dr. Marcia Shofner via email:

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