Marine Science Graduate Programs

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The Programs

The University of South Alabama offers a variety of graduate programs focused on marine and environmental sciences. The MS and Ph.D. degrees in marine sciences allow specializations in biological, chemical, physical and geological oceanography as well as marine fisheries and ecology. The Master of Sciences in Marine Conservation and Resource Management provides students with advanced training in natural resource management in coastal and marine settings. The Master of Science in Environmental Toxicology is an interdisciplinary program that is coordinated by the School of Marine and Environmental Sciences but draws on expertise from other disciplines to understand how toxins and/or pollutants affect the health of people, food-webs, and ecosystems. Like other programs in the School most students focus their studies on coastal and marine environments.


▼   MS in Environmental Toxicology

The University of South Alabama offers an interdisciplinary Master's program in Environmental Toxicology. Students focus on understanding how toxins and/or pollutants affect the health of people, food-webs, and ecosystems. Projects will assess the fate, effects and risks of natural toxins and pollutants using a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates toxicology, environmental chemistry, risk assessment, and ecology.

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▼   MS in Marine Conservation & Resource Management

The MS in Marine Conservation and Resource Management is designed to provide a formal course of training and professional development in the marine sciences that will enable students to contribute to the sustainable management of marine resources.

The program does not require thesis research, but instead offers professional development through group projects and professional internships with government agencies, NGOs, and environmental consulting firms. The curriculum and other requirements can accommodate students currently in the workforce.

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▼   MS in Marine Sciences

Recognizing the importance of marine and coastal environments to the socioeconomic welfare of Alabama, the University of South Alabama developed a graduate program in the marine sciences that is both applied and theoretical. The faculty of the department is committed to training the next generation of marine scientists, pursuing excellence in research, and assisting in the sustainable management of marine resources through service.

  Prospectus Completion Coursework Completion  Written Exam Completion  Degree Completion
Suggestion (1.25 yrs max) (2 yrs max) (not relevant) (3 yrs max)


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▼   Ph.D. in Marine Sciences

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Program in marine sciences is designed to provide formal course work and advanced research in marine sciences that produces significant, original contributions to knowledge. The Ph.D. degree is awarded to students who have reached and formally demonstrated a level of competence and accomplishment that enables them to pursue careers as marine science professionals. The Ph.D. degree confers eligibility for many positions in academia, industry, and government.      

  Prospectus Completion Coursework Completion Written Exam Completion Oral Exam Completion  Degree Completion
Suggestion  (1.5 yrs max) (2.5 yrs max) (2.5 yrs max) (3 yrs max) (5 yrs max)


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