Diversity News

01
Dec
USF Sloan Students and Directors Attend the Institute

USF Sloan Students and Directors Attend the Institute

ATLANTA, GA - CMS Sloan students, scholars and directors attended the 24th Institute ...

04
Oct
Pamela Hallock-Muller received USF Mentor of the Year Award

Pamela Hallock-Muller received USF Mentor of the Year Award

TAMPA, FL - On Monday October 3, 2016, Professor Pamela Hallock-Muller received the U...

28
Sep
Ileana Freytes Ortiz selected as a Pathways Award Winner

Ileana Freytes Ortiz selected as a Pathways Award Winner

TAMPA, FL - Ileana Freytes Ortiz has been selected as a Pathways Award winner for her...

09
Sep
Dinorah Chacin awarded the National Science Foundation, GROW Fellowship

Dinorah Chacin awarded the National Science Foundation, GROW Fellowship

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Dinorah Chacin was awarded the National Science Foundation, Grad...

Prospective Grad

Admissions

 

Graduate Program Admissions

We recruit graduate students from our region, across our nation and around the world. We are committed to maintaining a diverse and highly qualified graduate student population and enabling their success. Our program is a mentored one in which students work closely with their faculty advisors as apprentices. This is demanding of our faculty members' time, but upon graduation our students are fully prepared for a successful entry into our field. For questions regarding the application process, please visit our FAQ page or email marinesciences@usf.edu.

 

Who is Welcome at CMS?

We welcome anyone who has a passion for the oceans and for science, who values different perspectives, and who cherishes the opportunity to think critically and promote dialogue about the knowledge we create and disseminate. Regardless of what you look like, what you believe, or where you come from, we want to include you in our college if this description fits you.

 

Important Deadlines

Fall Admissions Priority Deadline: January 10th

Fall Admissions Final Deadline: January 15th

Spring Admissions Final Deadline: October 1st  

International Student Fall Admissions Deadline: January 2nd

International Student Spring Admissions Deadline: June 1st

 

How to Apply

The following materials must be received by the final deadline in order for the application to be considered complete. For the best opportunity to receive funding from the College, please apply by the Priority Deadline.

 

Submit Online Application

Complete the Online Application (https://secure.vzcollegeapp.com/usf/default.aspx). There is a $30.00 application fee required. The fee must be paid before your application can be seen by the Admissions Committee. A fee waiver may be requested if you qualify by being part of one of the programs listed on the fee waiver request form (http://www.usf.edu/admissions/documents/app-fee-waiver.pdf ). Please email the waiver form directly to marinescience@usf.edu, if you qualify. Please note that the College of Marine Science is part of USF Tampa and not part of USF St. Petersburg even though we are located in St. Petersburg. You must select the Tampa campus for apply for our degree programs.

 

Research Interest Essay

Use this linked MS Word template to create your essay and upload it in the “Essay” section of the Admissions Application.

 

Resume or CV

Upload your most current resume or CV in the “Resume” section of the Admissions Application

 

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts from all institutions of higher learning that you attended must be uploaded in your Admissions Application. Once you have been admitted to the College, you will need to send your final, official transcripts to the Office of Admissions before registering for classes. If you have attended USF as a degree-seeking student, you do not have to submit your USF transcript.

Mail all transcripts to:

Office of Admissions

4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SVC 1036

Tampa, FL 33620, USA 

 

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to provide three letters of recommendation as part of the admissions application. The applicant will be asked to enter in the contact information of each recommender as part of the Admissions Application. Each recommender will receive an email with a link to the recommendation upload site. At this site, the recommender can then type in the recommendation letter or attached a .doc or .pdf file. Alternatively, recommendation letters can also be emailed directly to marinescience@usf.edu. The letters should address the “Admissions Committee.” It is preferred to have letters printed on university or company letterhead in .pdf format, attached and email from a professional email address if applicable.

 

Graduate Record Exam Scores (GRE-verbal/quantitative)

The GRE is a standardized test that measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills that are not related to any specific field of study. Contact ETS at www.ets.org to find a testing location and have your scores sent electronically from ETS to USF. The institution code for USF is 5828. The competitive minimum scores are as follows:

Verbal = 153 and Quantitative = 148. For the MRA concentration the minimum preferred scores are Verbal = 156 and Quantitative = 155.

 

TOEFL exam scores (For non-native English speakers)

Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the United States mist also submit TOEFL scores earned within two years of the desired term of entry. A minimum total score of 79 in the internet-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 550 on the paper-based test are required. Applications submitted with TOEFL scores that do not meet the minimum requirements will be denied with no exceptions. Contact ETS at www.ets.org to find a testing location and have your scores sent electronically from ETS to USF. The institution code for USF is 5828. The TOEFL requirement may be waived if the applicant meets one of the following conditions:

  • Has scored 153 or higher on the GRE verbal test
  • Has earned a college degree at a U.S. institution of higher learning
  • Has earned a college degree from an institution whose language of instruction is English (must be noted on the transcript)
  • Has scored a 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

 

International Applicants                 

Upload the Financial Support Requirements Form to the online application. This form is available on the Admissions Application. You may also visit the USF Graduate Admissions website for more helpful information for international applicants. All international transcripts must be in English; it is the applicant’s responsibility to have foreign transcripts translated and evaluated before submitting them as part of their graduate application. Please visit the Foreign Transcript Evaluations Services Listing of evaluators.

 

Visiting the College of Marine Science                      

Please contact marinescience@usf.edu to schedule a visit to the College of Marine Science. General admissions advising can take place as well as a tour of the College and the adjacent USF St. Petersburg campus. Please note that the tours do not include visits to the laboratories or meetings with individual faculty members. These meetings should be set-up by directly contacting the faculty member of interest.

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Degree Programs and Curriculum

Degree Programs & Curriculum

We offer MS and PhD degrees and are committed to providing one of the highest quality graduate programs in the country. At the same time we are always looking for opportunities to enhance the undergraduate mission of the university. We have a strong Education and Outreach program that reaches many secondary school age children in our region. We are also looking to expand certificate opportunities for working professionals in our area and beyond.

Oceanography, the study of all aspects of the oceans, is a very complex discipline, and many terms have been applied to describe its components. Marine Science is considered a synonym for Oceanography, and so our college is called the USF College of Marine Science, or CMS.

The fundamental concepts of Oceanography have been divided into four groups that, taken together, apply to or cover all of the major processes within the oceans. Not surprisingly, the four groups are aligned with four major academic sciences: physics, chemistry, biology, and geology. The concentration in Marine Resource Assessment focuses on biology and aspects of the other three sciences.

*Concentrations http://www.marine.usf.edu/faculty (Make this expandable when clicked)

*Ph.D. Requirements: (Expandable)

 

Doctoral Degree (Ph. D.) in Marine Science

(Biological, Chemical, Geological, and Physical Concentrations)

  1. 90 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate degree (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.
  • 62 elective credits
  • 16 dissertation credits (OCE 7980)
  • Please note only 3 credit hours of science education courses can be used towards your degree requirements.
  1. Passing performance on a comprehensive qualifying written and oral examination
  2. A written dissertation and successful oral  defense

 

Marine Resource Assessment Concentration

  1. 90 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate degree (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)
  • 53 elective credits16 dissertation credits (OCE 7980)
  • Please note only 3 credit hours of science education courses can be used towards your degree requirements.
  1. Passing performance on a comprehensive qualifying written and oral examination
  2. A written dissertation 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)

* M.S. Requirements: (Expandable)

 

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)
  1. 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)
  1. 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)

 

*Course Catalog: (Expandable) http://www.marine.usf.edu/students/courses-offered

* Deadlines: (Expandable) http://www.marine.usf.edu/students/courses-offered

* How to Register: (Expandable) http://www.marine.usf.edu/students/courses-offered

* Immunization Holds: (Expandable) http://www.marine.usf.edu/students/courses-offered

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Overview

We offer MS and PhD degrees and are committed to providing one of the highest quality graduate programs in the country. At the same time we are always looking for opportunities to enhance the undergraduate mission of the university. We have a strong Education and Outreach program that reaches many secondary school age children in our region. We are also looking to expand certificate opportunities for working professionals in our area and beyond.

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Program Faculty

Our faculty members are much more than researchers and teachers. We provide expert guidance at all levels, local to global, in our areas of expertise. We advise decision makers on ocean-related issues from fisheries management to sea level rise flooding risks to ocean acidification impacts on coral reefs. We are involved in setting the research agenda at every level. We are very proud of the good citizenship demonstrated by our faculty members.

 

Faculty Directory: http://www.marine.usf.edu/faculty/find-faculty

Faculty Publications: http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/msc_facpub/

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Recruitment Events

 

SAVE THE DATE - FEBRUARY 2018

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Student Funding

USF College of Marine Science 2016 Fellowships

Student Funding

Our college has a variety of fellowships and assistantships specifically for new incoming students which typically fund 70-90% of our new students. All new applicants are automatically considered for first year college funding. On average, the pay for master's students is $21,000 and $23,000 for PhD students annually (fall, spring, summer). Fellowships and Assistantships normally include a tuition waiver or payment (covering approximately 80-100% of your total tuition expenses) and subsidized health insurance premiums.  

 

Graduate Assistantships

There are a number of Graduate Research and Teaching Assistantship positions available to new and current students. Please review our Graduate Assistantships web page for more details:

Graduate Assistantships

 

Fellowships

The College of Marine Science encourages students to apply for University Fellowships during their senior year of undergraduate study. Information regarding these Fellowships can be found here (http://www.grad.usf.edu/scholarships.php). There are several fellowships available to our students each year from our college (referred to as CMS Endowed Fellowships) and university funded fellowships. Additionally there are several fellowships specifically created for under-represented U.S. minorities (referred to as US Minority Fellowships). Please review our Fellowships web page for more details:

 

Federal Financial Aid

Information about Federal and State sponsored student loans can be obtained from the
Financial Aid Services department on the Tampa campus (Phone:813-974-4700 ). Please review the following web page for more details:

Financial Aid Services Department

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