Chemical and Life Sciences (CLFS)

Graduate Degree Program
College: Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences


The Master of Chemical and Life Sciences is an online content-based masters program for high school science teachers that provides in-depth knowledge of current research areas in the biological, biochemical and biomedical sciences. The courses cover subject matter as diverse as genetic engineering and gene therapy to chemistry, ecology and the concepts of biocomplexity. University faculty who are experts in the field will lead discussion sessions on topics of current interest with significant social impact. Topic examples include the positive and negative aspects of genetically engineered foods and their safety, the development of new energy sources and the ethical and moral issues involved in cloning and the handling of genetic information. The program also provides a set of laboratory experiences that facilitates the presentation of many of these concepts in the classroom. Aside from the laboratory experiences, all courses will be offered exclusively through distance education as online courses. Our infrastructure provides a web-based asynchronous program. Teachers who desire to update and advance their knowledge or who must complete an advanced degree or graduate courses, will find that this program meets their needs. In addition to our general program we offer focused Areas of Concentration in Biology and in Chemistry. During the course of studies towards a degree students may earn Credentials by taking a series of focused courses.


Dr. Bretton W. Kent
MCLFS Director

3142 Plant Science
4291 Fieldhouse Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: 301.405.3125


Courses: CLFS



  • Letters of Recommendation (none)
  • CV/Resume
  • Science Undergraduate Degree: The undergraduate degree must be in biological science, chemistry, biochemistry or science education.
  • Teaching Experience: The applicant must demonstrate one year minimum teaching experience.

Admission Information for the Master of Chemical and Life Sciences can be found here: UMD cannot issue the immigration documents necessary for international students to study (F1 or J1 student visas) in this program. International students who currently reside in the U.S. on existing visas may apply. Eligible international students have additional requirements per the Office of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS). Additional requirements can be found here:

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:


Type of Applicant Fall Deadline Spring Deadline
Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and Permanent Residents August 18, 2023 February 17, 2023
International Applicants
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants August 18, 2023 February 17, 2023


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Application Process:

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