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Master of Professional Science (Marine Mammal Science)

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Cost $63,000 ($2,100 per credit, 30 credits)

Marine Mammal Science (MMS)

Advances in the care and conservation of marine mammals have progressed dramatically over the last decade with the development of a greater understanding of marine mammal biology, behavior, and physiology, as well as improved diagnostic and assessment tools and techniques. Students in this degree track will be part of one of the select programs in the nation designed to prepare them for employment in marine mammal management (including associated ecosystems), population assessments, acoustics, and care.

Coursework will integrate topics such as marine mammal medicine and pathology, medical diagnostics and laboratory analysis, population assessment and management, state and federal regulations, applied ocean acoustics, research, education, and applied behavior analysis. Students will have the opportunity to interact with medical, training, and research experts in our community, as well as conduct an internship at one of many marine mammal rehab, managed care, or research facilities. As part of the practical training incorporated into the Marine Mammal Science curriculum, most students will participate in mark-recapture surveys, public education, wild health assessments, behavior analysis and modification studies, clinical care and diagnostics, necropsies, and regional and national conferences. 

Structural components
Ship training
Industry partners
Internship/Workplace experience
Practical/Field work

Application procedure

Very detailed/specific application procedure. Please see attached additional source on the process.

Grant opportunities

Numerous scholarships and grants available. Please see attached additional source on the available opportunities.

Learning outcomes

Students in this program will prepare for employment in marine mammal management (including associated ecosystems), population assessments, acoustics, and care. 


The University of Miami requires a minimum GRE score of 297  (verbal + quantitative only) and a United States GPA of 3.0+ for graduate program consideration. Applicants are also expected to complete the analytical writing portion of the GRE.  Only the first reported scores (GRE and GPA) submitted at the time of application submission will be considered for admissions. Please read GRE & GPA requirements for merit-based tuition waiver consideration on our Financing your Education page.


  1. Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.)
  2. One year of General Biology + General Biology Labs
  3. One year of General Chemistry
  4. At least one semester of Calculus
  5. 9 additional credits in natural science (Research in these fields may, in some cases, substitute for coursework hours.)

Note to students: Deficiencies in the required courses may be considered on a case by case basis for otherwise highly qualified students.

ISCED Categories

Policy and governance
Conservation and environmental management
Scientific modelling
Marine spatial planning