Marine Science Research InstituteMaster of Science in Marine Studies

JU Marine Science faculty and graduate students taking samples from a shark on an OCEARCH vessel

Why Choose Marine Studies?

Jacksonville University's Master of Science in Marine Studies (MS in MST) is an online program designed to be flexible and accessible for graduates while providing the specific knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in a variety of marine-related careers; graduates can enter into fields such as industry, government and education, or seek entry into doctoral marine science programs. This program is our most flexible, offering students the option of fully-online coursework and capstone sequence. 

The MS in Marine Studies program emphasizes individualized pathways of study for graduates to have the best possible preparation based on their interests, backgrounds, and abilities. This program can be completed online, in-person, or through hybrid instruction. 

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About Our Program

This program is designed to be flexible to meet the needs of the student; this program can be completed fully online, in-person, or through hybrid instruction either part-time or full-time.

MS in Marine Studies students must complete a 6-hour credit capstone sequence, which can be completed online, with an original capstone research project in their final year of study under the guidance of a faculty advisor. A written comprehensive examination must be taken at the completion of all degree coursework.

All graduate students will successfully complete 30 semester hours with a grade of "B" (3.0) or better in each course. Six semester hours of marine science-related graduate work can be transferred from another regionally accredited institution and applied to the MS in MST program at JU. However, no transferred courses may count towards the four core courses required for the program.

In addition to the 12 semester hours of core courses and the six semester hours of the capstone sequence, students will take 12 semester hours of elective graduate courses. These elective courses will vary by semester but may include:

  • Ocean & Coastal Observation Systems
  • Contemporary Issues in Marine Science
  • Climate Science
  • Experimental Design/Biostatistics
  • and more

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Admissions & EligibilityHow To Apply

This program is accepting applications on a rolling basis.

  • Completed JU Application
  • Unofficial Transcripts for All Degrees Conferred
  • Updated Resume
  • Statement of Intent
  • Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Under a 3.0 GPA Potential Requests:
    • GRE / GMAT Scores

An undergraduate degree in Marine Science is not necessary for admission, however, all applicants must be accepted by the Graduate Review Committee (GRC) and must demonstrate adequate potential to successfully complete graduate level courses in the field of marine science. Students whose undergraduate specialization is not in Marine Science may be required to take additional undergraduate courses in order to qualify for advanced study.

Students not meeting entrance requirements outlined above may be admitted as non-degree seeking and be allowed to earn (6) semester hours of graduate level MSC course work at JU. Students must receive permission from the Director of Marine Science Graduate Studies before taking additional 500-level MSC courses at JU until they meet all admission requirements.

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