Nova Southeastern University

Oceanographic Center

Master's of Science in Marine Biology


3301 College Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master's of Science in Marine Biology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This course of study is designed to equip students with a substantial understanding of the nature and ecology of marine life and grounding in the other overlapping areas of marine science. Program flexibility provides preparation for further graduate study, secondary education career enhancement, or employment in technical research institutions, government agencies, or environmental consulting firms. Applicants should hold a bachelor's degree in biology, oceanography, or a closely related field, including science education.

Program completion consists of completing 45 credit hours (15 hours of core/required courses, 24 hours of electives, and 6 hours of capstone) for the capstone track and 39 credit hours for the thesis track (15 hours of core/required courses, 15 hours of electives, and 9 hours of theses) with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. In addition, capstone students must write and defend a capstone paper which must be approved as complete by the advisor and one additional committee member. Thesis students must write and defend a thesis which must be approved as complete by the advisor and two additional committee members. On completion of all credit requirements, capstone paper or thesis requirements, and an oral examination relative to program learning outcomes the student may apply for graduation.


Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur Georgia 30033-4097, Telephone number: 404-679-4501) to award associate's, bachelor's, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees.

International Student Requirements:

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 39-45

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $863 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: NSU's Office of Student Financial Aid administers federal, state, institutional, and private financial aid programs. For assistance with financial aid, students should contact the Financial Aid Office. NSU FAFSA Code: 001509.

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 0-999

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