Many universities offer graduate degrees in marine science, but only a handful offer a graduate degree with its sole focus in marine biology. Most schools offering graduate study in marine biology, including the College of Charleston and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, are located on major bodies of water to offer marine biology students direct access to marine animal and plant life. While one school offers a master's degree program in the field, there's another school that offers both master's and doctoral degree programs.
1. College of Charleston in Charleston, SC
|School Highlight: Hosts classes at the Grice Marine Laboratory on James Island in tandem with marine scientists from the Fort Johnson Marine Science Center.|
The College of Charleston offers a master's degree program in marine biology; students who complete the M.S. program are able to continue to their Ph.D. at another institution or enter the field as a professional marine biologist. Teaching assistant positions and fellowships are available to help support graduate students during their time at the College of Charleston.
2. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in Corpus Christi, TX
|School Highlight: This school is the single university in the country that is located on its own island.|
Located on its own island, A&M-Corpus Christi offers marine biology students direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. In conjunction with Texas A&M's main campus at College Station and Texas A&M University at Galveston, Corpus Christi's program is part of an interdisciplinary program which allows graduate marine biology students to benefit from the locations and faculty of all three campuses. A&M-Corpus Christi is one of only three schools to offer both a master's and doctoral degree in marine biology, specifically a Master of Science with or without a thesis and a Ph.D. Once students are admitted into either the master's or doctoral program they must complete a minimum of nine credit hours per semester to remain in the program. A Fisheries & Mariculture program is also available, in addition to a Master's International Fisheries & Mariculture with the Peace Corps program.
Top Marine Biology Graduate Programs
|Nova Southeastern University||Oceanography graduate programs offer evening, online and blended courses and some programs all-online||Fort Lauderdale, FL|
|University of Oregon||Marine biology studies directed by the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology||Eugene, OR|
|University of North Carolina-Wilmington||Campus includes shellfish research hatchery||Wilmington, NC|
|University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth||Graduate students have access to a 50ft oceanographic research vessel||North Dartmouth, MA|
|Texas A&M University at Galveston||Campus has a new science complex that includes a sea life research facility||Galveston, TX|