Master of Science in Marine Science & Oceanography 

Degree Requirements

Students may graduate with a thesis or non-thesis Master’s degree; both require the successful completion of 37 credits as described below. For the thesis degree this includes research credits as well as the successful public defense of the thesis proposal and of the thesis by the Master’s degree candidate.  Non-thesis candidates will complete an exit exam specific to their area(s) of study in the spring of their second year, administered by the student’s degree committee.

Thesis Option

A student curriculum consists of a minimum of 37 credits taken in the following categories:

Required Courses: Three courses (7 credits) are required of all M.S. MSO students. They should be taken at the beginning of the graduate program.

MSO Required Courses
Physical & Geological Oceanography OCE 6097 3
Biological and Chemical Oceanography OCE 6057 3
Geosciences Colloquium Series GEO 6920 1
Total Research Core   7

Core Subject Areas and Electives: 24 credits from the core subject areas and electives, with at least one course from each of four different core subject areas.  Up to 6 credits designated as “Special Topics” courses may be taken with the approval of the Thesis Advisor.

No more than 6 credits of electives taken outside the core areas will be counted toward the degree. No courses under the 5000 level may be taken. No more than 3 credits of Directed Independent Study may be counted toward this degree.

 Thesis: 3 to 6 credits.

Non-Thesis Option 

A student curriculum consists of a minimum of 37 credits taken in the following three categories:

Required Courses: Three courses (7 credits) are required of all M.S. MSO students.  They should be taken at the beginning of the graduate program.

                                           MSO Required Courses
Physical & Geological Oceanography OCE 6097 3
Biological and Chemical Oceanography OCE 6057 3
Colloquium  GEO 6920 1
Total Research Core   7

 

Core Subject Areas: A minimum of 24 credits from the core subject areas, with at least one course from each of four different core subject areas.  Up to 6 credits designated as “Special Topics” courses may be taken with the approval of the student’s Advisor.

Electives and Directed Independent Study: No more than 6 credits of electives taken outside the core areas will be counted toward the degree. No courses under the 5000 level may be taken. No more than 3 credits of Directed Independent Study may be counted toward this degree.