Graduate Programs

The Department of Marine Sciences offers graduate degree programs at the Ph.D.and M.S. levels. 

Applicants should have a B.S. or M.S. in marine science or in an appropriate related basic scientific discipline. 

Ph.D. Program

LTER projectStudents develop a program of study in biological, chemical, or physical oceanography. Typical areas of research emphasis include marine biogeochemistry, coastal ecology, coastal ocean processes, microbial ecology, marine ecosystem modeling, and polar microbiology.

The Ph.D. requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate-level credit, of which 9 must consist of core courses in Biological Oceanography (MARS 8010), Chemical Oceanography (MARS 8020), and Physical Oceanography (MARS 8030).  Additional graduate courses from Marine Sciences and other departments are available to complete each student's program. Students will also acquire field experience by participation in at least one major oceanographic cruise and one extended shore-based study. Students are also required to obtain teaching experience. 

UGA Marine Sciences Graduate Application Information

student in labM.S. Thesis Program

The M.S. program is research-based, and is designed to prepare the student for further graduate training at the doctoral level, or for employment in management or policy positions in government or industry. 

The M.S. Thesis program requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate-level credit, of which 9 must consist of core courses in Biological Oceanography (MARS 8010), Chemical Oceanography (MARS 8020), and Physical Oceanography (MARS 8030).  Additional graduate courses from Marine Sciences and other departments are available to complete each student's program.  Students will conduct an independent research project and submit and defend a thesis.

UGA Marine Sciences Graduate Application Information

students examine at ocean rocksM.S. Non-Thesis Program

The M.S. non-thesis program requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate-level credit, of which 9 must consist of core courses in Biological Oceanography (MARS 8010), Chemical Oceanography (MARS 8020), and Physical Oceanography (MARS 8030).  Additional graduate courses from Marine Sciences and other departments are available to complete each student's program.  In lieu of a research project and thesis, students will be required to participate in an internship or data project. 

UGA Marine Sciences Graduate Application Information

student on boat

Double Dawgs

Students can now earn a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. (non-thesis) through the Double Dawg program. This is intended for those students who have a strong interest in pursuing careers related to biological aspects of the marine environment. This program will provide students with the knowledge and quantitative skills necessary to participate in a range of environments and related fields.  

For more details about the program, visit the Double Dawg website or email ugamarsciundergrad@uga.edu 

Integrated Life Sciences

The Department of Marine Sciences also is participating in the Integrated Life Sciences (ILS) Program