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Marine Science

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Program in marine sciences is designed to provide formal course work and advanced research in marine sciences that produces significant, original contributions to knowledge. The Ph.D. degree is awarded to students who have reached and formally demonstrated a level of competence and accomplishment that enables them to pursue careers as marine science professionals. The Ph.D. degree confers eligibility for many positions in academia, industry, and government.

Admission requirements

Minimum Requirements For Admission

In addition to the general admissions requirements of the Graduate School, requirements for admission to the Marine Sciences Ph.D. program are

  1. A narrative statement indicating the student's research interests, professional goals and commitment to full-time study for completion of degree requirements.
  2. Three letters of recommendation.

For students with baccalaureate degrees:

  1. Official scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test with a minimum score of 300 combined on the verbal and quantitative subtests.
  2. A baccalaureate degree in a discipline related to marine sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry, geology, physics) from an accredited four-year college or university.
  3. An undergraduate minimum grade-point average of 3.0 overall (A=4).

For students with MS degrees:

  1. An MS degree in a discipline related to marine sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry, geology, physics) from an accredited college or university.
  2. A graduate minimum grade-point average of 3.25 overall (A=4).
  3. Official scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test with a minimum score of 300 combined on the verbal and quantitative subtests.

International students must submit an official score of at least 525 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or equivalent score on computer administered tests.

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


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Core Courses

A field of specialization is required of all candidates for the Ph.D. degree. All students must have formal course work in all of the core marine science subdisciplines. This requirement is normally met by completion of four (4) core courses (see below) and seminar, representing eighteen (18) credit hours.

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 courses.

Other Required Courses

At least 46 semester hours in courses beyond the baccalaureate degree are required in addition to the core courses, at least half of which must be taken in formal courses exclusive of directed studies or directed research. No more than 18 hours of dual-listed courses (400- and 500- level listing for the same course) may be counted toward meeting the minimum hours required for a degree. Graduate students will only receive graduate credit for the 500 level version of dual-listed courses.

At least 12 semester hours of dissertation course credit is required. Not more than 15 hours in this category can be counted toward the minimum requirement of 60 semester hours.

At least two (2) semester hours of seminar (two, one (1) semester hour enrollments) are required.

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

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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