Application steps for graduate studies in the Department of Marine Sciences
While it is recommended that you contact individual Marine Sciences faculty members to identify a potential major advisor, the following members are available to address general questions about graduate studies in the Department and more specific questions in their particular scientific sub-disciplines:
Biological Oceanography and Marine Biology/Ecology
Evan Ward, Professor of Marine Sciences
Coastal Circulation and Mixing, Marine Meteorology, Ocean Modeling
Michael Whitney Assistant Professor of Marine Sciences
You may address general inquiries regarding the department and our graduate programs to:
Ann Bucklin, Professor and Head, Department of Marine Sciences
Department of Marine Sciences
1080 Shennecossett Road
Groton, CT 06340
Department of Marine Sciences Application Process:
Applying to any graduate program is a big step and requires time and effort to make the best decision for your future. The first step is to accumulate as much information about a program and potential faculty advisors as possible. We recommend you read about our faculty and contact members whose research closely align with your interests. Go to the library or ask potential advisors for copies of their recent research articles to see the types of work they are currently conducting. This is an important consideration, because by choosing an advisor you choose a research area.
Department Application Deadlines :
January 10 for fall semester entry and October 1 for spring semester entry (submission prior to these dates is strongly encouraged). The following is a list of application materials that you will need to upload to the online application system. .
With the exception of official transcripts, the Graduate School application system is entirely online with a fee of $75. All items mailed to the Graduate School should be sent in one package.Application – Obtain an application form, either from the Graduate Application web page or by contacting the graduate school directly. You will need to pay a nonrefundable fee at the time you submit the online application.
Three letters of recommendation – recommenders should be selected carefully. When possible, have at least one letter from someone who has seen you work in a field or laboratory research atmosphere (e.g., an advisor for an undergraduate research project). Individuals providing a letter of reference should provide candid evaluations of your scientific aptitude, training, motivation, teaching talent, and ability to express yourself orally and in technical writing.
Graduate Record Examination scores – are required for admission consideration to the Department of Marine Sciences. High GRE scores can compensate for modest grades. However, a poor result on the GRE does not necessarily jeopardize your chances if the rest of your file is strong. Individuals reviewing the file realize that everyone can ‘have a bad day’. Applicants with a combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 320+ (1200+ under the previous scoring scale) and a writing score 4.5+ tend to be most competitive for department-supported teaching and research assistantships.
Passport (for international applicants) – Include a photocopy of your passport with your application materials. If you currently are here in the United States on a visa, please also submit a copy of your valid visa documentation.
Most students are supported by research grants and contracts obtained by individual faculty members, and students supported in this way work on a specific project related to the grant. Learning about your potential advisor and communicating with her/him about your skills and scientific interests provide valuable information for the selection process.
We also strongly encourage you to apply for graduate school fellowships that are awarded by a number of federal and private agencies (e.g, National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research). These fellowships are highly competitive and if awarded, your acceptance to the Department is almost guaranteed. Start the application process early, as you will need to arrange letters of reference, etc. In addition, work with your identified graduate advisor to create a competitive proposal.