Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

MAS MBC students take samples of plankton during a research cruise.

The Master of Advanced Studies Degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation is a unique program of study that equips professionals with the knowledge they need to improve conservation of marine biodiversity in the world's most diverse and threatened eco-regions. It is focused on development of local capacity and science-based management tools.

CMBC announces the Capstone Research Symposium on June 8, 2017 at the Scripps Seaside Forum 9:00am to 5:30pm, followed by a reception. Graduating MAS MBC students will present their Capstone projects in this event open to the public. The full schedule will be announced in May.

The program is designed to teach current and future professionals about marine ecosystems from the scientific, economic, and policy perspectives, as well as provide important cultural and communications skills. Students have the benefit of enjoying interdisciplinary studies by taking course offerings at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and from a variety of top-ranked departments at UC San Diego, including the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, the Department of Economics, as well as Communications, Visual Arts, and other departments.

Program features

  • Innovative and relevant program format and curriculum provide an interdisciplinary approach to marine biodiversity and conservation.
  • Courses taught by the faculty of Scripps, the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps, UC San Diego Department of Economics, and the Graduate School of International Relations Pacific Studies.
  • A 12-month intensive master's program for professionals interested in marine conservation careers.
  • Opportunity to network with world-renowned marine conservation professionals, faculty, and government scientists from UC San Diego and NOAA with diverse areas of expertise, and NGOs with actual projects located throughout the world.

    Learn more: Prospective students are invited to sit in on a lecture of the summer or fall courses, and to meet with a program representative.  Contact  Prospective students are also invited to learn more about the MAS MBC program by attending the Capstone Research Symposium on June 8, 2017.
  • Information for prospective students


Students in the MAS MBC program complete their 12 months of study by presenting their Capstone Independent Research Projects in a Symposium open to the public.  See Capstone Symposium news June 4, 2015, featured at


The application for the MAS MBC academic year 2017- 2018 is now closed.  The application for the 2018-19 academic year will reopen in September 2017.