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Marine Biology M.S.

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Cost $10,202 per year (In-State Students)/ $23,338 per year (Out-of-State Students)

Marine biology is an exciting area of graduate study at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The Marine Biology Program is designed for students with an interest in one or several sub-disciplines of marine biology who wish to pursue careers in higher education, government, or private industry. The principal strengths of this marine biology program lie in the international recognition, scholarly productivity, and extramural funding of its diverse faculty, as well as the strategic location of two campuses on the Gulf of Mexico.


Program Description

The Marine Biology Program is designed for students with an interest in one or more of the subdisciplines of marine biology who wish to pursue careers in higher education, government, or private industry. This unique, interdisciplinary degree program (IDP) combines the strengths of various departments at three universities within the Texas A&M University System: Life Sciences at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Marine Biology and Marine Sciences at Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMU-G), and Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Oceanography and Biology at Texas A&M University (TAMU). Students can choose courses from any campus and form committees with any participating faculty. Advantages of the interdisciplinary degree format for Marine Biology students include a diverse, internationally recognized faculty with high scholarly productivity and extramural funding, as well as two campuses strategically located on the Gulf of Mexico. A student in the IDP receives his or her degree from both Texas A&M University and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

The Marine Biology program offers the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Marine Biology. A personalized graduate advisory committee guides each student through the conception, design, construction, and execution of marine biology-based inquiry.


Additional Information

  • Persons seeking admission to the program should first contact the program faculty and identify a faculty member, or members, willing to serve as the graduate supervisor, and the applicant must include a summary of their discussions with faculty members in their essay. Applicants will not be admitted to the program without a graduate supervisor. Faculty profiles are found at the program website:
Structural components
Practical/Field work
Research Project

Application procedure

The Marine Biology Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has a strong core of respected faculty whose research ranges from genes to ecosystems. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students also have access to a fantastic array of cutting edge technologies, including a core molecular facility, ocean observing system technologies, a core marine analytical facility, as well as a fleet of boats for nearshore and coastal studies.

If you are interested in the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Marine Biology Program, please consider applying here: Apply Marine Biology Program.

Grant opportunities

Our graduate students are supported by external fellowships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships and scholarships.  For more information on teaching assistantships and scholarships, please visit here:  For research assistantships, prospective students are encouraged to contact potential faculty mentors directly.

Learning outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes

As part of their progression through the Marine Biology Program, Master of Science students will:

  • Gain an in-depth of knowledge of essential and emerging concepts in the field of marine biology.
  • Perform scholarly hypothesis-driven research grounded in marine biological principles and concepts.
  • Demonstrate advanced communication skills through either presentation of research results at professional scientific meetings and/or through peer-reviewed publication.
  • Develop a skill set and research record such that they can secure employment in academia, state/federal agencies, private companies, or non-governmental organizations.

ISCED Categories

Project management
Personal skills and communication
Conservation and environmental management