Master of Science in Environmental and Ocean Sciences

The Master of Environmental and Ocean Sciences program combines a solid foundation of coursework with independent research, providing students with experience and skills for success in their marine and environmental science careers.

The Master of Science in Environmental and Ocean Sciences gives you the opportunity to:

  • Design experiments or observations that test hypotheses
  • Contribute new information to a knowledge base
  • Learn to write in a way that facilitates scientific exchange

With intensive coursework and personalized mentoring and support, the Master of Science in Environmental and Ocean Sciences degree can serve as a terminal graduate degree prior to entry into the workforce, an enhancement of skills for an existing job in a technical area or in education or a step toward a doctoral degree.

View the Environmental and Ocean Sciences Graduate Handbook

Potential Careers with MS Degree in Environmental and Ocean Sciences:

  • Marine Biologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Educator (K-16)
  • Science Writer
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Environmental Planner
  • Aquaculture Specialist
  • Fisheries Biologist
  • Oceanographic Technician
  • Research Associate

Why Choose the Master of Science in Environmental and Ocean Sciences from USD?

Research Opportunities

Research experience is a huge factor in acceptance to PhD program as well as employment opportunities. Students will have the hands-on experience of a research institution, coupled with the close faculty mentorship that is indicative of a liberal arts community. Coursework and research are combined, culminating in a written thesis. 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.

Access to Partner Organizations

With access to facilities at and outside USD, you can work with partner organizations like Southwest Fisheries Science Center (National Marine Fisheries, NOAA), Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, the Leon R. Hubbard Hatchery, Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Ocean Discovery Institute and use their facilities.

Located on the Pacific Ocean

Take advantage of San Diego's rich community of ocean specialists. The USD campus is minutes from the bay. You'll have the benefit of working in the Southern California and Mexico regions, which provide unique marine life for study.

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