Applicants should have a B.S. or M.S. in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics or Marine Science or in an appropriate related scientific discipline.

Students develop a program of study in biological, chemical, geological or physical oceanography. Typical areas of research emphasis include marine biogeochemistry, coastal ecology, coastal ocean processes, microbial ecology, marine ecosystem studies, biotechnology, systematics, marine botany, invertebrate zoology, remote sensing, zooplankton ecology, and several other branches within the basic core areas. See potential research areas available.

The M.S. requires a minimum of 32 hours of graduate-level credit, of which 14 must consist of core courses in Biological Oceanography (CMOB-6618), Chemical Oceanography (CMOQ-6615), Geological Oceanography (CMOG-6616), Physical Oceanography (CMOF-6617), and (CIMA 8785) Current Topics Seminar. Additional graduate courses from Marine Sciences and other departments are available to complete each student’s program. Students will conduct an independent research and submit and defend a thesis including a paper submitted to a recommended peer reviewed journal.

Photo of a marine turtle resting in a coral reef.

In addition to the minimum Graduate School Requirements concerning student academic status and residence, the following are required:

1. At least 21 of the 32 credits must be taken at the DMS. A total of 32 hours of graduate-level credits, including:





Core courses (biological, chemical, geological and physical oceanography) approved with grades of B or better.


CIMA 8785 – Current Topics Seminar, approved with grades


CIMA 6999 – MS Thesis, including submission of an article to a recommended of B or better.peer reviewed journal

3 – 9

Required credits for the specific core area

3 – 9

Additional graduate courses available at DMS and other departments (chosen by the student after consultation with his/her advisor and graduate committee)

2. A general oral exam

3. A written thesis and successful oral defense

4. At least one year residence (required)


Recommended Time Table for Completion of the MS Degree

Core courses approvedEnd of 2nd semester
Major Advisor SelectedBy the end of 1st semester or earlier (recommended)
Graduate CommitteeBy the end of 2nd semester or earlier
General Oral ExamEnd of 3rd semester or during 4th semester
Thesis proposalEnd of 3rd semester
GraduationUpon completion of above requirements to a maximum of 6 years after admission to Graduate Studies


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