Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

 The Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation is a unique program of study that equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to be effective and enduring leaders in the field of marine conservation.

About the Program


The MBC program is designed to teach current and future professionals about marine ecosystems from an interdisciplinary perspective. Coursework focuses on marine and climate science, ecology, law and policy, economics, and environmental justice.

Students are also given opportunities for practical training in survey design and analysis, Marine GIS, negotiation, public speaking and a variety of other tangible communication tools, including filmmaking.

The diversity of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance strengthens the MAS MBC program and our mission. Learn more about Diversity at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.


  • 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.


The application period for the MAS MBC program will reopen September 4, 2018 for the program starting June 2019.

The MAS MBC Capstone Symposium was held June 12 at the Scripps Seaside Forum. (Symposium schedule)


The MAS MBC 2018-19‚Äč academic year begins with the summer course starting July 5, 2018 and ending September 6, 2018. 

Prospective students are invited to join a lecture and meet with a Program Representative during the summer, or during other times during the year. 


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.