Cost & Funding

The MAS MBC degree program is entirely self-supporting and receives no state funding. The cost of the master's degree program is approximately $39,000, which includes all program instruction, administrative fees and health insurance. Students pay approximately $685 per unit of instruction. Program does not include books, parking and incidentals. Students should also budget for housing and transportation costs.

Students are encouraged to research funding opportunities available through a number of outside agencies, such as NOAA and NERRS, and through non-government organizations and foundations with interests in marine conservation. There are many opportunities for scholarships and fellowships, but interested students must investigate and apply for these on their own.

Commercial bank loans are available for students. Government loans are available for participants taking six (6) or more units per quarter. 

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CMBC Scholarship

The Center for Marine Biodiversity & Conservation (CMBC) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography has a very limited number of scholarships to offer. Scholarships will be awarded based on applicants' eligibility (having social, educational or economic backgrounds that would add to the diversity of the MAS-MBC program) and merit (based on academic preparation and potential).
The following are examples of factors that will be considered: 1) Student has successfully overcome significant educational, social, cultural or economic disadvantage or adversity. 2) Student has unique circumstances, experiences, skills or talents that would benefit others and would enhance the diversity of the program or campus. 3) Student has shown a deep commitment to working with others in the field of marine conservation through such activities as mentoring and volunteering.
The specific race, ethnicity, gender or national origin of a nominee is not considered in selection, although barriers resulting from these personal circumstances are considered.
To apply, please submit a 250-word essay as a pdf at the time of your application to the MAS-MBC degree program.