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Biology, M.A.T.

Advance your career as an educator with the Master of Arts for Teachers in Biology from IU Online. This flexible, fully online program prepares high school teachers with the skills needed to teach dual-credit high school classes and university-level classes in community colleges.

Course Delivery: 100% Online

Total Credits: 30

In-State Tuition Per Credit: $350.00

Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit: $490.00

Cost of attendance may vary by campus. View the total cost calculator

Degree Overview

The educational component of the M.A.T. in Biology covers instruction and curriculum, assessment, diversity and inclusive teaching, and research. You’ll learn how to apply the science and art of teaching to college-level instruction.

The biology component of the M.A.T. in Biology covers the nature of living organisms at an advanced level. Break down and analyze biological concepts, develop and analyze hypotheses and experiments, and gain fluency with scientific literature and a richer understanding of biology in the natural world around us.

You’ll graduate with an Indiana University degree respected by employers worldwide—and you can work on yours anytime and anywhere. Plus, you’ll enjoy personalized support services throughout your academic journey.

And the benefits start long before graduation. More than half of IU Online students advance in their careers before they complete their degree.

To be accepted to this program, you must have a bachelor's degree.

To apply to this program:

You must have completed two courses from the Graduate Certificate in Biology with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

Application Dates

Fall semester: Aug 1

Spring semester: Jan 1

Summer I semester: May 1

Summer II semester: Jun 15

The stackable structure of the M.A.T. in Biology is ideal for high school and community college educators wanting to teach dual-credit courses, or for high school educators wanting to teach at the community college level. This program is designed to help you meet Higher Learning Commission dual-credit qualification standards. These standards require teachers wanting to teach dual-credit courses in biology to hold either a master's degree in biology or a master's degree in another discipline (such as education), plus at least 18 credit hours of discipline-specific graduate coursework.

  • If you need both discipline-specific coursework and a master's degree, the M.A.T. in biology meets HLC standards.
  • If you already hold a master's degree in a discipline other than biology, you can meet HLC standards by completing the Graduate Certificate in biology.

To earn the M.A.T. in Biology, you must complete 30 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Core course (3 credit hours)
  • Molecular-cellular electives (6 credit hours)
  • Organismal electives (6 credit hours)
  • Capstone course (3 credit hours)
  • Education component (12 credit hours)


Sample courses for the MAT in Biology include the following:

Sample courses for the MAT in Biology include the following
Course Number Course Name Credits

BIOL-T 570


3 Credits

BIOL-T 574


3 Credits

BIOL-T 576

Bioinformatics: Theory and Application

3 Credits

BIOL-T 582

Advanced Field Zoology

3 Credits

BIOL-T 587


3 Credits

BIOL-T 590

Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature

3 Credits

BIOL-T 591

History of Life

3 Credits

EDUC-H 520

Social Issues in Education

3 Credits

EDUC-J 500

Instruction in the Context of Curriculum

3 Credits

EDUC-Y 520

Strategies for Educational Inquiry

3 Credits

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