MS Degree Requirements

The following are the minimum requirements necessary to graduate from the University of South Florida with a degree in Marine Science.

Concentrations are available in:

Biological Oceanography
Chemical Oceanography
Geological Oceanography
Physical Oceanography
Marine Resource Assessment

Master of Science (M.S) in Marine Science

(Biological, Chemical, Geological, and Physical Concentrations)

  1. 32 semester hours of course work (course catalog)
  • 12 core class credits - 4 core classes, 3 credit hours per class (Physical, Chemical, Biological and Geological Oceanography). A grade of "B-" or better in each of the core classes is required.
  • 8 elective formal class credits
  • 6 elective credits
  • 6 thesis credits (OCE 6971)

     2.  A written thesis and successful oral defense

Marine Resource Assessment Concentration

  1. 32 semester hours of course work (course catalog)
  • 12 core class credits - 4 core classes, 3 credit hours per class (Physical, Chemical, Biological and Geological Oceanography). A grade of "B-" or better in each of the core classes is required.
  • 9 MRA concentration credits - 3 of the 4 MRA courses (Population Dynamics, Fish Biology, Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems, Applied Multivariate Statistics)
  • 5 elective credits
  • 6 thesis credits (OCE 6971)

     2.  A written thesis and successful oral defense

  • Thesis/dissertation topic selection: 1) must be science-based 2) should have an application to marine resource management or policy development 3) should not directly make management or policy recommendations 4) should be identified near the onset of graduate work 5) should address priorities identified by marine resource management agencies (Florida Fish & Wildlife Research Institute, National Marine Fisheries Service, US Geological Survey)

Refer to the Policies webpage for a detailed Master's Program Checklist.

These requirements complement the USF Graduate School requirements stated in the graduate catalog. Prospective students may obtain general university information visiting the USF website and the USF Graduate School website.

Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate

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