Prerequisite Courses




Semester HRS

Biology Labs 16
General Chemistry Labs 12
Physics Labs 8
Calculus   4





General Chemistry Labs 8
Physics Labs 8
Calculus   4
Additional Credits in
Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, or Biology


  • Graduation from a U.S. regionally accredited baccalaureate or higher degree program.  (If the Bachelor's degree is in progress at the time of application, it must be completed prior to enrollment).
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better ("C-" grades are not acceptable).
  • All science prerequisites must include a lab component
  • All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment (summer term for research assistantships; fall for others).
  • Minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0; minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0 required
  • Successfully complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test with competitive scores and submit official score report 
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attend to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions to complete application file.
  • Prior to or early in the admissions process, students are advised to communicate with faculty with whom they want to work.


  • Applications for admissions are accepted through the University of New England's online application.  Detailed instructions are included in the online application portal.
  • Applications must be submitted electronically by the posted deadline.
  • All completed applications will be reviewed by the program admissions committee after the application deadline.  Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space available basis.
  • Decision letters will be mailed and sent as email attachment at the beginning of March each year.
  • Accepted students will be expected to pay a minimal non-refundable deposit by the deadline indicated in the decision letter to secure your place in the program.  The deposit will be applied to any fees that are not covered by the assistantship or grant that the student receives upon acceptance.  (Deposit is non-refundable and will be forfeited should the student decide not to matriculate in the program).
  • International applicants with international degrees must have their transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited U.S. institution.  See International Admissions for a list of acceptable educational credential evaluators. 
  • All applicants to UNE must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university.  UNE accepts several methods of English Proficiency, (see International Admissions). If an applicant cannot prove English Proficiency in another way, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required and must be submitted as a part of the completed application.

For additional information on the admissions process and requirements, please access the Marine Sciences website. 


The Master of Science in Marine Sciences program and the Marine Sciences Admissions Committee in collaboration with the Office of Graduate and Professional Admission reserve the right to make exceptions to the admissions criteria and to make changes or exceptions to policies and procedures, on a case by case basis, when it deems such a decision is necessary and appropriate. 

Transfer Credit

No transfer credit will be granted.

There is no advanced standing available.

No credit will be awarded to students for experiential learning.