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Marine Sciences

The Master of Science (MS) Program in marine sciences is designed to train and prepare superior students for a career in this field. The marine sciences program offers courses and opportunities for research in four main areas: biological, chemical, physical, and geological oceanography. Each MS student receives formal training in at least three of these disciplines while concentrating in a specific research area. Thus, the program is structured to develop the capacity for productive and innovative research, founded on a solid background of broad scientific knowledge. Recognizing the importance of marine and coastal environments to the socioeconomic welfare of Alabama, the University of South Alabama developed a graduate program in the marine sciences that is both applied and theoretical.

The faculty of the department is committed to training the next generation of marine scientist, pursuing excellence in research, and assisting in the sustainable management of marine resources through service. Although most research is conducted within the Gulf of Mexico, faculty and graduate students perform research projects throughout the world form the Arctic to Antarctic.

Admission requirements

Minimum Requirements For Admission

In addition to the general admissions requirements of the Graduate School, minimal requirements for admission in full standing to the Marine Sciences MS Program are:

  1. A baccalaureate degree in marine sciences or in a discipline related to marine sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry, geology, physics) from an accredited four year college or university.
  2. An undergraduate minimum grade-point average of 3.0 overall (4.0 point system).
  3. A minimum score of 300 combined on the verbal and quantitative subtests of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Course Requirements

A field of specialization is required of all candidates for the MS degree. In addition, all students must have formal course work in at least three (3) of the following general areas of marine sciences; biological, chemical, geological, and physical oceanography. This requirement is normally met by completion of three of the four (4) core courses (see below), representing twelve (12) credit hours.

Core Courses

The four (4) core courses consist of four (4) semester hours each for a total of 16 semester hours in physical, chemical, geological, and biological oceanography, or equivalent transfer hours. At least two (2) semester hours of seminar (two, one (1) semester hour enrollments) are required.

The remaining course work will be determined by the student's advisory committee, but must include six (6) semester hours of marine sciences electives. Although a thesis is not an absolute requirement, this program is oriented toward research, and students will be expected to demonstrate research capability, preferably through completion of an acceptable thesis. For students pursuing a thesis program, the MS degree program of study may include up to nine (9) hours of thesis credit toward the minimum requirements of thirty-two (32) semester hours.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • In-State: 442.00 per credit hour
  • Out-of-State: 884.00 per credit hour

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University of South Alabama

University of South Alabama

The University of South Alabama is a comprehensive, global research and teaching university that provides our students with an exceptional education in business, the liberal arts, education, engineering, computing, the sciences and health care. Located in Mobile, Alabama on the...

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University of South Alabama

555 N. University Blvd
36688 Mobile Alabama
United States of America

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