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Marine Science Graduate Program

Academic Life

researchThe College of Arts and Science is the intellectual hub of the University of San Diego and home to the Master of Science in Marine Science. Postgraduate education is a vital part of the USD academic community and is uniquely defined by close working relationships between graduate students and their professors in active research.

The Master of Science in Marine Science has been developed by scholars who strive to give students the highest quality of education along with personalized mentoring and support. M.S. students have an opportunity to design experiments or observations that test hypotheses; to contribute new information to a knowledge base; and to learn to write in a way that facilitates scientific exchange. Course work and research are combined, culminating in a written thesis. Students can take advantage of San Diego's rich community of ocean specialists.

The program utilizes not only the excellent facilities at the University of San Diego's Shiley Center for Science and Technology, but those of nearby institutions, such as the Southwest Fisheries Science Center (National Marine Fisheries, NOAA), the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, and the Leon R. Hubbard Hatchery. USD faculty currently are involved in research in marine geochemistry, climatology, paleoclimatology, hydrology, oceanography, marine biology, locomotion and fluid dynamics, physiology, ecology, and population genetics. Marine Science graduate faculty also work in the areas of bioacoustics, aquaculture, molecular genetics, ecology, and physiology.

The Master of Science in Marine Science degree can serve as a terminal graduate degree prior to entry into the work force, an enhancement of skills for an existing job in a technical area or in education, or a step toward a doctoral degree.

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For more information on academic life in the Master of Marine Science and Environmental Studies program, please contact:

Ron Kaufmann, Ph.D.
Graduate Director, Marine Science Program
(619) 260-5904