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Master of Science in Marine Sciences (GMAR) Admissions

As a GMAR student at UNE, you will study theoretical underpinnings and applications of disciplines from biology and chemistry to geology and physics and learn to apply these disciplines to solving real-world problems. In addition, you will have the opportunity to focus on a thesis research experience where you will conduct original research and prepare a thesis on a topic selected by you while experiencing our seaside location and cutting-edge facilities.

Applying for 2020

  • Application for admissions must be submitted through UNE Graduate Admissions Application.
    • July 1, 2019: The application portal for the Master of Science in Marine Sciences opens for Fall 2020 enrollment
    • February 1, 2020: Deadline for application submission and completion
    • Mid-March: Decision letters mailed
  • Submit and complete your application as early as possible in the application cycle
    • Detailed instructions are included on the application
    • Questions regarding application process and status of application, contact Graduate Admissions at or (207) 602-2212
  • ​Only those candidates who have electronically submitted the Graduate Admissions Application and have submitted all supporting documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions are eligible to be considered for admission

Processing of applications

  • The Office of Graduate Admissions will notify you via email when we receive your application; additional email communications will be sent as your status changes throughout the admissions cycle
  • Only those candidates who meet minimum requirements will be considered for admission; just meeting minimums, however, does not guarantee admission
  • Candidates are reviewed by the program faculty and are admitted based on academics and experiences that might be the best fit with the department’s open research opportunities
  • All application decisions will be made after the February 1 deadline with letters mailed starting mid-March
  • Upon acceptance candidates will be asked to submit  a non-refundable deposit to hold your place in the class; deposit will go toward any general fees applied to your student account

Note: All materials submitted as part of the application become the property of UNE and will not be returned or released to anyone, including the applicant. This policy includes letters of reference, primary and secondary applications, personal statements, transcripts, and other supporting materials.

For specific academic dates, please view the UNE Academic Calendar.



Program admissions requirements

coursework prerequisites

  • Marine Science Track
    • Science (all with labs)
      • Biology, 16 credits
      • General Chemistry, 12 credits
      • Physics, 8 credits
    • Other
      • Calculus, 4 credits
  • Oceanography Track
    • Science (all with labs)
      • General Chemistry, 8 credits
      • Physics, 8 credits
    • Other
      • Calculus, 4 credits
      • Additional 16 credits in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, or Biology
    • All prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better (“C minus“ grades, not acceptable)
    • Prerequisite courses may be in-progress or planned at the time of application, but must be completed before enrollment before enrollment into the graduate program


  • Completion of Bachelor’s Degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution, or international equivalent, prior to matriculation
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and minimum cumulative pre-requisite GPA of 3.0, required
  • Successful completion of the General Graduate Record Exam GRE with competitive scores (official score must be submitted from ETS directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions at the University of New England, code # 3751)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities, where one or more courses were completed, must be submitted directly from the issuing institution to the Office of Graduate Admissions
  • Only those applicants who meet minimum requirements will be considered for admission


  • Applications for admission are accepted through the UNE Graduate Admissions application (detailed instructions are included in the application portal)
    • UNE application portal opens annually July 1
    • Applications must be electronically submitted by the posted deadline of February; electronic submission does not complete your application and application is not complete until all supporting documents have been received in the Office of Graduate Admissions
      • Please Note: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit and complete your application well before the deadline for earliest consideration
    • Prior to or early in the admissions process, candidates are advised to communicate with faculty with whom they would like to work
      • Meeting with faculty during the admissions process does not in any way negate the need to fully complete the application process
    • All completed applications will be reviewed by the program admissions committee after the application deadline with decisions mailed starting in mid-March
      • A completed application includes all of the following:
        • Electronically submitted application with personal essay, resume, and names of three (3) reference letter writers
        • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended sent directly from the registrar’s office of the school attended
        • Official GRE score report sent directly from ETS to UNE Office of Graduate Admissions
        • Three (3) letters of reference
      • Applications completed after the posted deadline will be reviewed on a space available basis, only
    • Accepted candidates will be expected to pay a minimal non-refundable deposit to secure your place in the program
      • Deposit is applied to any fees not covered by the assistantship or grant received upon acceptance
      • Deposit will be forfeited should the candidate decide not to matriculate into the program
  • International applicants and applicants with international degrees
    • Must have transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited US institution (International Admissions); World Education Services (WES) evaluation only
    • Must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university
      • UNE accepts several methods of English Proficiency       
      • If an applicant cannot prove English Proficiency in another way, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required and must be submitted as a part of the completed application


  • Policies are established to ensure fair and consistent admissions practice for all applicants to the university and its programs
  • All criteria presented in this summary are subject to change per professional accreditation requirements, changes in curriculum and/or other institutional standards, and clinical affiliation requirements
  • Exceptions to existing admission policies are rare and made only when it is deemed necessary and appropriate to maintain fair and consistent practice for all candidates, not individual candidates


  • No transfer credit granted


  • No advanced standing placement available


  • No credit awarded for experiential learning

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.

Contact Graduate Admissions

Office Hours
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Biddeford Campus 
Stella Maris, 120 
11 Hills Beach Rd.
Biddeford, ME, 04005
(207) 602-2212