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Marine Science Graduate Program

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Cost $650 per credit hour

J​acksonville University's Master of Arts in Marine Science (MA in MSC) and Master of Science in Marine Science (MS in MSC) degree programs are designed to provide graduates with the specific knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in a variety of marine-related positions in industry, government and education, or for entry into doctoral marine science programs. 


Why choose our program?

Image removed.  State-of-the-art vessels, aquaculture facilities, laboratories and research facilities

Image removed.  Experiential learning with OCEARCH, The St. Johns RiverKeeper, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission (FWC)

Image removed. Grants, internships, and research opportunities

Image removed.  Experienced faculty in areas such as physical, geological oceanography, shark and marine mammal biology, intertidal and subtidal ecology, and more

Image removed. Dual degree in public policy available, earn two degrees in 3 years

Structural components
Industry partners
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

Application procedure

Information about applying and access to the application portal can be found here

Grant opportunities

Information about available scholarships and financial aid can be found here


Admission to the MA/MS in Marine Science program is selective and limited to those students who demonstrate potential for successfully completing the program. The decision is based on evaluation of the student's undergraduate program and grades earned, work experience (if applicable), letters of recommendation, statement of research and professional goals, and the personal interview.

Admission requirements include:

  • A $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with an overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • A completed graduate admission application form.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation.
  • Submission of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report.
    • GRE and application fees for this graduate program have been waived. 
  • Submission of a two page Statement of Research and Professional Goals.

Applications should be submitted by February 1. Applications completed after that date will be considered on a space available basis. 

  • An undergraduate degree in Marine Science is not necessary for admission to the MA/MS in Marine Science Program, however, all applicants must be accepted by the Graduate Review Committee (GRC) to either the MA/MS in the MSC Program and must demonstrate adequate potential to successfully complete graduate level courses in the field of marine science. Students whose undergraduate specialization is not in Marine Science may be required to take additional undergraduate courses in order to qualify for advanced study. 
  • Students not meeting entrance requirements outlined above may be admitted as non-degree seeking and be allowed to earn (6) semester hours of graduate level MSC course work at JU. Students must receive permission from the Director of Maine Science Graduate Studies before taking additional 500-level MSC courses at JU until they meet all admission requirements.
  • All applications and official transcripts of undergraduate as well as graduate work must be on file in the Office of Graduate Admission prior to initial registration.
  • Any exceptions to the preceding requirements must be approved by the Director of Marine Science Graduate Studies.
  • In addition to all program admission requirements listed above, international student applicants must meet the JU Admissions requirements as outlined under International Students.

ISCED Categories

Personal skills and communication
Project management
Marine Geology
Physical and chemical oceanography