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 Scholarships

The Center for Marine Biodiversity & Conservation (CMBC) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography has a limited number of scholarships available for students applying to the MAS MBC Program. We have two distinct categories of scholarship funds: the CMBC Enhanced Educational Opportunity Scholarship and the CMBC Marine Science and Policy Leadership Scholarship. Each of these distinct scholarships requires a separate 250-word essay and will receive separate consideration. 

CMBC Enhanced Educational Opportunity Scholarship

The purpose of this funding is to increase access for individuals from underserved communities who would otherwise not have the ability to participate in this educational opportunity.

The following factors will be considered: 1) student has successfully overcome significant educational, social, cultural or economic disadvantage or adversity; 2) student has unique circumstances, personal or professional experiences, skills or talents that would benefit others and would enhance the diversity of the MAS MBC program or Scripps campus; and/or 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 that addresses the three factors outlined above, in addition to the impact that a scholarship would have in allowing you to pursue this educational opportunity. The essay will be submitted as a PDF along with your application for the MAS MBC degree program.

CMBC Marine Science and Policy Leadership Scholarship

The purpose of this funding is to recruit and secure enrollment of individuals who have demonstrated commitment and leadership within the fields of marine science and policy.

The following factors will be considered: 1) student has shown a deep commitment to marine conservation through significant professional experience as a scientific researcher, policy advocate, or through other ocean-related work and/or; 2) student has significant personal experience as a diver, sailor, naturalist or other activity that demonstrates a commitment to marine conservation; 3) student has significant academic experience in biology, ecology, policy or another field that is related to marine conservation;  4) a student’s undergraduate GPA will be considered. 


To apply, please submit a 250-word essay as a pdf at the time of your application to the MAS-MBC degree program.