Admission to the M.S. in Marine Sciences program is coordinated through UNE's Online Application.


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

  • Application deadline: 2/1
  • Acceptance notices sent to students: 3/1
  • Deadline for accepting offer of admission: As stated in the acceptance letter (typically 2 weeks after it is received)



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 and minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0 required
  • Successful completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with competitive scores and submission of official score report 
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended 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 would like 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 only.
  • Decision letters will be mailed and sent as email attachment in early 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. 

Academic and Technical Standards

Academic and Technical Standards

Satisfactory Academic Progress

To remain in the MS: Marine Sciences program, the student's cumulative graduate GPA must be a minimum of 3.0.   A student whose GPA falls below 3.0 or who receives a grade below B- in any course taken for graduate credit will be placed on academic probation.

Program Completion Timeline

Students have a maximum of five years to complete the graduation requirements.  After two academic years (fall and spring terms), students who have completed their coursework but are still completing their theses are required to enroll in a thesis continuation credit per semester to remain in the program.


A graduate student whose grade point average (GPA) for any semester falls below 3.0, or whose cumulative grade point average is below 3.0, or who receives a class grade below a B- for any class taken for graduate credit is automatically placed on probation. A student placed on academic probation will be granted one fall or spring semester to raise his/her cumulative GPA to 3.0 or above, will be required to achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the semester, and cannot receive a second class grade below B-.  The Department of Marine Sciences and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will consider for dismissal any student who fails to meet these criteria.