Admissions Requirements

The Marine Science and Oceanography program does not require GRE scores for the 2023-2024 academic year applications.

The MS Marine Science and Oceanography accepts students to begin in the Fall semester of each year.

The deadline for application are January 15th for Fall admission and October 15th for Spring admission.

In addition to meeting all of the University and College admission requirements for graduate study, each applicant for the MS MSO program must:

  1. Have a minimum of 3.0 GPA (B or better average) on the last 60 hours of undergraduate credits, or established graduate level proficiency.
  2. Provide two letters of recommendation,
  3. Obtain a "sponsor" from within the faculty of the M.S. MSO program, who agrees to act as the student’s advisor.
  4. Once you have submitted your application package to the Graduate College, please send a separate e-mail to Ms. Catherine Rossmell ( telling her that your application is in the system.

For sponsor selection suggestions look at the Marine Science and Oceanography faculty list, and use the links to the faculty web pages to examine the fields and interests of individual faculty. When you find a faculty member in your field of interest, contact them directly to determine if they are willing to act as your advisor. Your application package must contain a signed Faculty Advisor form. Not all Faculty will be able to accept new students; please contact all Faculty with research programs in areas that interest you.

Applicants who show promise, but fail to meet the program's minimum standards, may be admitted on "conditional status." Such students must complete a minimum of two (2) graduate courses taken for a letter grade (not S/U) with a minimum of ‘B” grade in each class. Satisfactory performance in these courses will enable the student to be reevaluated by the MS Marine Science and Oceanography Program Committee for full entry into the graduate program. Excluding summer terms (when graduate class offerings are limited), conditionally-admitted students should complete the two (2) graded courses in their first term.

Students who are accepted must register for classes for the term in which they were accepted - there are no deferments. Students who do not register in their initial term will have their records deactivated and, thus, will need to reapply if they wish to be considered for future enrollment.

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