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Master of Chemical & Life Sciences

The Master of Chemical and Life Sciences (MCLFS) provides the flexibility teachers need to keep learning and stay current. This 30-credit, content-based, professional master’s degree provides in-depth knowledge of current research areas in the biological, biochemical, and biomedical sciences. UMD’s dynamic faculty lead discussions on topics of current interest with significant social impact, including genetic engineering and gene therapy to chemistry, ecology and concepts of bio-complexity. With flexibility, convenience, and expert instruction, MCLFS will make a powerful difference in your teaching career. MCLFS is offered through the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland. 

MCLFS is a 30-credit graduate program designed for middle and high school teachers, offering broad academic guidelines with the flexibility to select the courses in which you are interested. UMD faculty with academic credentials and experience deliver a better understanding of major science concepts in an interactive environment. The program uses a 12-week term format that benefits working professionals with flexibility, convenience, and accessibility. Most courses are offered through UMD’s online learning environment; the sole face-to-face element is a laboratory experience designed to expose students to the problems and rewards of scientific investigation. Teachers who live near the Frederick Center for Research and Education in Science and Technology (CREST) have the option of taking a selection of blended learning MCLFS courses. 

In 2019, the MCLFS program was ranked 6th in the nation as best online master’s in biology programs

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