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Graduate Admissions Requirements

Graduate & Ph.D. Degree Offerings

Students may pursue M.S. and Ph.D. graduate degrees. A certificate in computational molecular biology is also available. Courses are offered on a trimester system. On-campus, courses are frequently held in the evening for the convenience of students and professionals.  Many programs have a blended on-campus online format for courses.  


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Students are accepted into one of two classifications: Full Acceptance or Acceptance with Academic Requirements.

Full Acceptance

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) 

A completed application along with a $50 application fee is required. Payment can be made by Visa, American Express, and MasterCard. 

The Oceanographic Center requires all applicants to take the general GRE. Advanced aptitude test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be sent to us directly from Educational Testing Service, PO Box 995, Princeton, NJ 07540. Our Institution Code for Nova Southeastern University is 5514, and the Department Code for Marine Biology is 0211. The Institution code for the Oceanographic Center is 3236. The GRE requirement is waived only under extreme special circumstances. More information about the GRE may be found at

You need to request official transcripts from any educational institution attended since high school graduation. Request the certifying institution send transcripts directly to the Graduate Program Office at:

Nova Southeastern University
Enrollment Processing Services
ATTN: Oceanographic Campus
3301 College Ave
P.O. Box 299000
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33329-9905

Electronic Transcripts can be sent directly from the institution to:

Both M.S. programs in Marine Science and Biological Science require a minimum of (3) letters of recommendation. Within the application, you will find the letters of recommendation as supplemental items. Please fill out the letters of the recommendation section of your application. Letters must come from professors or class instructors. An exception can be made if the applicant has been out of school for a long period of time, in which case, an employment supervisor's letter will be adequate.

A statement of career goals is required and is a part of the online application. Be as specific as you can concerning the types of positions and responsibility levels to which you aspire. Include long-term as well as short-term goals. Describe your expectations concerning the role of the Oceanographic Campus graduate program in achieving your goals.

Contact Information for Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions - Marine Science
Phone: 954-262-3614
Web Link: Graduate Admissions
Mailing Address: 8000 North Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, FL 33064-3078

Graduate Admissions - Biological Science
Phone: 954-262-8066
Web Link: Graduate Admissions
Mailing Address: 8000 North Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, FL 33064-3078

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