Program Format

Collage of student activity at sea.

The UC San Diego Master's Degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography consists of 48 quarter units of study. Pace of study is designed to be completed in 12 months. Applicants who are interested in part-time study must communicate with program representatives prior to the application deadline to discuss the part-time study option and the proposed pace of study. There will be a 2-year time-frame in which the degree must be completed.

The academic year starts with the Summer program, an intensive, 16-unit course that features lectures, lab work, field trips, presentations, and more. Classes run 10 weeks and are taught at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and begin at 9:00 am and run until 5:00 pm, five days a week. The summer course will begin with mandatory orientation on July 5 and 6, with classes beginning July 9 and ending September 6, 2018.  Daily attendance is required.

During the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters, students are required to take various courses in the Marine Sciences, Economics, and Policy. Students may choose electives courses from many departments at UCSD.

Core Program Requirements

Course Name Course Number Units
Intro to Marine Biodiversity & Conservation - Seminar SIO-295S 8 units

Intro to Marine Biodiversity & Conservation - Lab

MAS-MBC Forum Fall & Winter



MBC 258

8 units


2 units

Marine Science, Economics and Policy SIOB 286 4 units

Policy and Communications - Fall

SIOB 296 4 units
Economics of the Environment Econ 281 4 units
Elective Courses   12 units
Capstone - Independent Study Project MBC 296 6 units
    48 units
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