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Marine Science Graduate Program

Application Requirements

Marine Science Requirements

To qualify for admission to the M.S. program in Marine Science, the applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution. Applicants should have acquired competence in a field of science related to their intended course of study, either through an undergraduate science major or through the completion of appropriate coursework. Minimum requirements for admission to the Marine Science M.S. program include:

  • One semester of biology with laboratory
  • One year of chemistry with laboratory
  • One semester of physics with laboratory
  • One semester of calculus

One course in geology and one in statistics are recommended. Applicants should have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores that reflect the potential for success in graduate studies. To be considered for admission to the Marine Science graduate program, the GRE general test is required, and a subject test in an appropriate science field is recommended.

Applicants should submit a full application, including a statement of purpose that addresses the student’s specific research interests and is compatible with the expertise of the Marine Science graduate faculty. Additional information about general application requirements is included below.

General Requirements

  • The completed application for Graduate Admission.
  • The application fee of $45. If writing a check, the check should be made payable to the University of San Diego.
  • Official transcripts documenting each course taken beyond the high school level (whether or not within a degree program) and all degrees awarded. Transcripts that do not bear the registrar's signature and/or the institution's seal are not official. If your school has the capability to send secure, electronic transcripts, you can have them sent to International Applicants click here for transcript information.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors familiar with the applicant's scholarly work or from professional supervisors who have had experience in a graduate program and who can provide information regarding the applicant's potential for success as a graduate student.
  • Current resume.
  • Personal statement or statements. Marine Science applicants must address their specific research interests and their compatibility with the expertise of the Marine Science graduate faculty. Information about those areas of expertise can be found on the Marine Science graduate faculty page.
  • Standardized admission test scores (see above).

For addition information about graduate admissions, please contact:

Erika Garwood, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
Phone: (619) 260-4524