Master of Science in Marine Science (Applied)

The applied track provides students with a broad-based, in-depth knowledge of physical, geological, chemical, and ecological processes in the ocean coupled with the technical skills necessary to contribute to the exploration of the marine environment and the management of its living resources. Because the MSMS-A track is designed primarily for students seeking careers in applied resource management, this program emphasizes the practical skills and the analytical expertise required to monitor and manage the global ocean system.

After completion of the core courses, applied track students will be required to take a comprehensive written examination to demonstrate competency in both the main marine science disciplines and strength of communication skills. The applied track culminates in a hands-on practicum experience working directly with marine resource management professionals to make connections and earn a distinct educational advantage. Full-time students should expect to take 3-4 courses each semester and complete the track in 2 years (4 semesters).