Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

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.

About the Program


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.


  • 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.


Prospective students are invited to join a lecture and meet with a Program Representative.


The application for the MAS-MBC program starting in June 2018 is now available. The application deadline is January 11, 2018.

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Student Information


Start here to find information on admission requirements for the Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation as well as admission application procedures and application deadlines.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Marine Biodiversity and Conservation program, the students, how to apply, and general procedures.

Capstone Projects

The MAS MBC Graduating class of 2017 presented their final Capstone Projects June 8, 2017

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