Students are accepted into one of two classifications: Full Acceptance or Acceptance with Academic Requirements.
To qualify for Full Acceptance, applicants must submit a transcript of their bachelor's degree with a major GPA of at least 3.0 and a cumulative GPA of 2.9. The applicant must have a minimum GRE score of 55% on the verbal portion, 55% on the quantitative portion, and 4.0 on the analytical writing portion.
Acceptance with Academic Requirements
Students who have not satisfied all of the above criteria, but who have given evidence that they may succeed in the degree program will be considered for provisional acceptance. A ‘B’ grade or better in the first four courses is required before a student can be converted to Full Acceptance status. The applicant must have a minimum GRE score of 40% on the verbal portion, 40% on the quantitative portion, and 3.5 on the analytical writing portion.
All admitted students must have a strong science background prior to acceptance into the M.S. in Marine Science program, although a B.S. degree in a related field is preferred. Along with a strong science background, we require the following classes:
- Applied Statistics or Biostatistics
- Biology I with Lab
- Biology II with Lab
- Chemistry I with Lab
- Calculus I or higher
- One or more of the following: Anatomy, Ecology, Geology, Physiology (general or basic level)