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Marine Sciences

Master of Science (M.S.) in Marine Sciences

Our M.S program offers post-baccalaureate training to students interested in a wide variety of marine science topics.  The programs feature a classroom curriculum that provides a strong theoretical background and also focuses on the research experience.  Students will conduct original research and prepare a thesis on any of a variety of topics selected by consultation with our faculty.

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Program Goals

  • Provide a knowledge base in the marine sciences that is deeper than the typical undergraduate experience.
  • Foster participation in the production of biological knowledge through high quality research.
  • Instill outstanding research skills and a working knowledge of the scientific method by participation in high-quality research.
  • Develop outstanding scientific communication skills through written and oral presentations.


M.S. Marine Sciences: More information on the curriculum and admission to the program.

Master's Program
Important Dates

If a date listed falls on a weekend,  the deadline is extended to midnight of next business day.

  • Application deadline
    Feb. 1
  • Acceptance notices sent to students 
    March 1
  • Deadline for accepting offer of admission
    As stated in the acceptance letter (typically 2 weeks after it is received)
  • Start of classes
  • Deadline for establishment of thesis committee  
    January 31 of year 1
  • Deadline for thesis proposal
    February 28 of year 1


Kathryn Ono, Ph.D.
Graduate Coordinator for Marine Sciences
Department of Marine Sciences
11 Hills Beach Road
Biddeford, ME 04005
(207) 602-2814