The Department of Marine
Sciences offers graduate studies in the field of oceanography,
leading to the degrees of Masters of Science and Doctor
of Philosophy. At the masters level there are two options
Since the program is research
oriented, most Masters students are in the Plan A-program.
Entry into the Ph.D. program usually requires a Masters
degree, but particularly well-prepared students may enter
directly from a Bachelor of Science program. The graduate
program is organized around three focus areas: biological,
chemical, and physical oceanography.
Students entering the program
are expected to have a strong background in one of the
basic sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics, geology,
applied math). We particularly look for talented and motivated
students who are committed to graduate studies. For
admittance with Regular status, you must hold a baccalaureate
degree from an accredited college or university and have
a 3.0 (B) grade point average in the last two years of
your undergraduate education. Your application must include
official college transcripts, three (3) letters of recommendation,
and a statement of your interests and goals. Scores from
the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) are also required and the
subject test is recommended. Foreign students whose native
language is not English must submit their TOEFL score.
The academic program is developed around a two-tiered structure: four (4) courses (MARN 5010, 5036, 5050, and 5065) designed to provide a core understanding of the basic sub-disciplines of the field of oceanography, followed by a series of more specialized courses offered to meet the individual needs of the student.
We strongly recommend that all students in our program
take the core courses, since the field by its very nature
is highly multi-disciplinary and requires a broad knowledge
of oceanography. The specific number of courses taken
by students in the program varies. The University requires
no fewer than 15 credits of advanced course work for a
Plan-A Masters degree and no fewer than 24 credits for
a Plan-B Masters degree. There are no specific course
requirements for the doctorate degree, however, most students
take 20-24 credits beyond the Masters degree, including
the core courses. For more information on graduate courses
and requirements please visit the University
of Connecticut's Graduate Catalog.
Awards of financial aid are highly competitive. Most students in the department are supported by departmental funds (research and teaching assistantship) or by external research grants awarded to individual faculty. Nine-month rates (20 hours per week) for graduate assistants with a bachelor's degree are $20,965; for students with a master's degree the rates are $22,060; and for doctoral candidates who have passed their general examination the rates are $24,526. Many students also receive additional funding for the summer months from their major advisor. In addition, fellowships and need-based awards are available. All assistantships carry a full tuition waiver and offer of subsidized health and dental benefits. All students must pay several University fees each semester. For a complete description of all fees, please visit the University of Connecticut Graduate Catalog.
For information about applying to our program go to how to apply or click on the image below.
Life In The Department
Marine Sciences is housed
on the shores of Long Island Sound at the University of
Connecticut's Avery Point Campus, approximately 40 miles
from the main campus at Storrs. The graduate student body
usually consists of 30-35 students. Students come from
throughout the country, although approximately half are
from the New England region. About 25% are international
applicants. There is no on-campus graduate housing at
Avery Point. Most students live in the Groton-New London
area where they often share rent on a house or apartment.