Prospective Students

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Intended Audiences

The Master's Degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation responds to a global need for people working in marine conservation to combine the scientific knowledge of marine ecosystems with understanding of the political, legal, and economic challenges associated with applying scientific knowledge in particular governmental and social contexts. The program's unique, interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to prepare practitioners to make wise and realistic decisions about the management of marine resources. Crossing a variety of fields, the program encompasses students with professional backgrounds in the private and public sectors as well as non-government organizations (NGOs).

The program is most appropriate for professionals with work experience in:

  • Marine resource managers in all regions of the world
  • Practicing marine science and natural scientists
  • Educators
  • Science policy analysts and advocates
  • Communications specialists
  • Journalists


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.

Financial Matters

Information on course fees and financial aid available to incoming MAS-MBC students can be found here.


Our contact information page provides our mailing and physical addresses and other important information.  Prospective students are encouraged to contact the program representatives to discuss their interest in the program. You can also learn more about the faculty affiliated with our program. 


Visit our placement information page for more on where our alumni can be found.

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