Careers

The Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (MBC) prepares students for interdisciplinary careers in non-governmental, governmental, and private-sector positions.

Graduates of the MAS-MBC program have also used their credential to move into advanced degree programs or academic research. Our program has a strong record of placement in the National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship and California Sea Grant State Fellows Program. These fellowships are highly competitive and place students in influential national and state positions, respectively, where they can network, learn, and make a difference in ocean conservation.

Half of the 100 graduates trained to date have been placed in government or non-profits positions. About a quarter are pursuing careers in industry or academic research. The remaining pursue a PhD or another path.

The MAS program maintains contact with program alumni through an email list and a network list-serve led by two MAS program graduates. Alumni share their successes and job opportunities through the network with current students and program alumni seeking employment.

Examples of jobs currently held by MAS MBC alumni:

  • Sustainability Manager, City of San Diego
  • Biologist at U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
  • Public and Government Relations Coordinator at Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP)/ Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS)
  • Project Coordinator, Pacific Regional Ocean Uses Atlas at NOAA: Marine Protected Areas Center
  • Biologist at City of San Diego Department of Transportation and Storm Water
  • Environmental Planner with the San Diego Association of Governments Project Scientist at Coastal Environments
  • Council Representative for City of San Diego
  • Prize Manager, Oceans at XPRIZE Foundation
  • 2015 Knauss Fellow: Fisheries, Climate and Ecosystems Communications Specialist at NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology
  • Coastal Outreach Coordinator at Louisiana Wildlife Federation
  • Government Relations Consultant at Big Wave Consulting
  • Senior Associate at Strategic Earth Consulting - environmental consulting and communications
  • Coastal Program Analyst at California Coastal Commission
  • LiMPETS Program Coordinator at Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
  • Conservation Education Specialist at Monterery Bay Aquarium
  • US Deputy Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission and CA Delta Policy and Restoration Branch Chief
  • Director of Training/Program Manager at ReefCheck
  • Program Director Ocean Connectors at The Ocean Foundation
  • Senior Associate at The Pew Charitable Trust
  • Science teacher at San Diego Unified School District
  • Project Manager, Fish Forever at Environmental Defense Fund
  • Communications Manager at USC Sea Grant
  • Protected Areas Advisor at the Nature Conservancy
  • US Campaign Director for Responsible Fishing at Oceana
  • Program Manager, Waitt Institute
  • Program Coordinator for the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative's (GoMRI) Dispersion Research on Oil: Physics and Plankton Studies (DROPPS) Consortia at the University of Texas - Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas
  • Consultant at Coastal Environments, a Marine Environmental Consulting Firm
  • Marine Scientist at Oceana
  • Project Coordinator at West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health
  • Senior Policy Advisor at NYC Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency
  • Assistant Director Technical Programs at Gulf United for Long Lasting Fisheries in New Orleans
  • Earth science teacher (independent school)
  • Eighth-grade Physical Science and Technology in Poway School District
  • Policy and Conservation Manager at National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
  • Environmental Policy Advisor for the City of San Diego
  • College Program Coordinator at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station
  • Education Specialist at Birch Aquarium at Scripps
  • Project Manager, Environmental Defense Fund
  • California Coastal Commission as Coastal Program Analyst/Planner in Santa Cruz