Degrees Offered

Graduate Program

The Marine Biology and Fisheries Academic program within the Department of Marine Biology and Ecology, focuses on a wide range of field, laboratory, and theoretical coursework in a range of research areas, such as coral reef studies, biological oceanography and marine biology, fisheries biology and aquaculture, and the biology and behavior of marine animals.

Faculty, students, and their many international collaborators participate in multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary research programs Graduate students can choose from a diversity of research areas and coursework taught by internationally recognized scientists studying corals and climate change, fisheries biology and conducting biomedical research.

• Requirements
Most successful applicants have a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences including a strong foundation in physical sciences (chemistry, physics, and calculus) and basic biological sciences. However, applicants with a diversity of other degrees also are successful. Applicants should contact specific faculty to discuss mutual research interests. Applicants must take the GRE, and those whose first language is not English must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 550. The advanced biology test is recommended but not required. Courses in marine biology and oceanography are not necessary for entrance into the program and are not recommended if taken in place of basic biology courses.


• Funding Opportunities
The overwhelming majority of our students are supported as research assistants. These assistantships, which are awarded competitively, provide a monthly stipend and cover tuition costs. Students not supported as research assistants are generally supported on special fellowships provided by various funding agnecues, their employer or, for some non-U.S. students, their home country.


• Ph.D. Research Assistantships available for 2015
Using fishery-independent data for fisheries management (Professor Elizabeth Babcock)
Neural Aging in Sea Hares (Professor Lynne Fieber)

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