Hawai'i Pacific University

Graduate Studies

Master of Science in Marine Science


Graduate Service Center, 1164 Bishop Street, Suite 911

1164 Bishop Street, Suite 900

Honolulu, HI 96813

United States


(808) 544-0200


(808) 235-3590

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Masters, M.S.-Marine Science

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Hawai‘i Pacific University's Master of Science in Marine Science (MSMS) degree program is designed to provide its graduates with the knowledge and skills to be successful in marine-related technical positions in industry, government and education or for entry into doctoral marine science programs. This research-based program emphasizes a hands-on approach to learning through the completion of an original thesis project under the mentorship of an experienced marine science researcher. Individualized programs of study ensure that each student has the best possible preparation based on his or her interests, background and abilities. Marine science faculty and researchers in the College of Natural Sciences and the Oceanic Institute currently work in many fields critical to the understanding and sustainable use of marine resources and systems including aquaculture, marine biogeochemistry, marine natural product chemistry, benthic ecology, spatial ecology, coral reef ecology, inorganic carbon cycle dynamics, phycology, environmental microbiology, toxicology, marine mammal physiology, and ichthyology. The program is designed to be completed in two years for full-time graduate students. In the first year students take a core course sequence and complete a proposal for their thesis research topic. Thesis research is conducted through the next year, culminating in oral and written presentation of a thesis. Full-time students will take the equivalent of three classes per semester. Research facilities include state-of-the-art laboratories at the Windward Oahu Hawaii Loa campus and the Oceanic Institute; classes are held at both locations.


Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

International Student Requirements:

Recognized English Proficiency Tests: TOEFL, IELTS, CPE, CAE, ELPT, SAT, ACT, APIEL, PTE Academic, ELS program. See HPU website for details.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 34 credits

In State Tuition (per year): 19080 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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