Master of Science (MS)

The Department of Scripps Institution of Oceanography offers instruction leading to Master of Science (MS) degrees in oceanography, marine biology, and earth sciences.

The MS degree is for those who have an interest in studying a specific area of marine science.  This self-supporting program consists of at least 30 units of coursework culminating in a Master's thesis.  Students typically complete the program in one-and-a-half to two years and should expect to fund themselves through the duration of their program.  Information on UCSD Graduate Student Fees can be found on the Graduate Division website.

Students interested in the MS degree should identify potential research topics and potential advisors prior to submitting the application.  Not all Scripps faculty members are available to advise MS students, so make sure to discuss the options with a potential advisor before applying.  We have compiled a list of previous research projects here  to illustrate the types of projects completed in previous years.  Please note that potential research projects and advisors are not limited to those on the list; any Scripps faculty member can advise an MS student.

To apply, please visit the UCSD Graduate Application or view our How To Apply page.

Admission requirements for the MS program are the same as those for the PhD program.