The Master of Science in Marine Sciences degree program provides a curriculum designed to meet the needs of individuals who desire a graduate degree to prepare them for a career to address marine resource and coastal environmental issues through research, education, and outreach. The program takes advantage of its campus location adjacent to a salt marsh and is the only instructional unit in the University System of Georgia with direct ocean access and on-campus marine laboratory facilities. A collaborative agreement with the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and on-going collaborative programs and contracts with universities, state agencies and federal agencies also contributes to a framework of quality and excellence.
The program at SSU provides students with a background that includes marine and related sciences, marine policy and law, and state-of-the-art research tools and skills. The core courses provide a strong, broad multidisciplined investigation of marine sciences with emphasis on coastal oceanography. Through seminar and technical writing and communication courses, students investigate marine issues and develop professional skills in critical thinking, logical interpretations and professional-quality presentations. A thesis is required.