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Graduate Students

Welcome to our Graduate Program

The Department of Marine Sciences offers graduate degree programs at the Ph.D.and M.S. levels. We also offer graduate certificates in a wide range of disciplines, including Water Resources as well as Coastal Engineering, and participate in UGA's Integrated Life Sciences program.


Students Fishing
Students work in the field and laboratory as part of their research programs. Hands-on experience is a key component of the graduate student experience.

"We support our graduate students for the duration of their studies. In addition, tuition is waived, medical coverage is subsidized, and both Athens and Savannah have low costs of living compared to most university towns."

Program Information and Resources

Graduate Degree Programs

Detailed information about our graduate degrees including the MS and PhD degrees.

Marine science is pivotal to understand our world and to manage its resources.

How to apply

Find application procedures for both the MS and PhD programs

Graduate Courses & Course Schedules

See all course descriptions and up to date course schedules


Access syllabi for current and past Marine Science courses.

Graduate Student Handbook

The handbook outlines current complete degree requirements for a graduate degree in Marine Science from UGA.

Graduate Student Events

Find out about events that are of interest to graduate level students

Current Graduate Students

See a listing of our current graduate students

Assistantships and Fellowships

We encourage our students to apply for UGA Teaching Assistantships and external fellowship programs

Integrated Life Sciences

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

Careers (under construction)

Several career academic, private, and public pathway resources

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Our Graduate Programs

We offer graduate degree programs at the Ph.D. and M.S. levels with concentrations in biological, chemical, and physical oceanography. Current graduate students are conducting research in coastal ecology and processes, biological oceanography, molecular microbial ecology, sediment processes, environmental genomics, and marine ecosystem modeling.

Reflecting this breadth of interests, our alumni work in academia in both research and outreach positions, industry such as biofuels and environmental consulting, and with governmental agencies.

Learn More About our Graduate Programs