Master of Science in Marine Sciences

The Master of Science in Marine Sciences degree program provides a curriculum designed to meet the needs of individuals who desire a graduate degree to prepare them for a career to address marine resource and coastal environmental issues through research, education, and outreach. The program takes advantage of its campus location adjacent to a salt marsh and is the only instructional unit in the University System of Georgia with direct ocean access and on-campus marine laboratory facilities. A collaborative agreement with the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and on-going collaborative programs and contracts with universities, state agencies and federal agencies also contributes to a framework of quality and excellence.

The program at SSU provides students with a background that includes marine and related sciences, marine policy and law, and state-of-the-art research tools and skills. The core courses provide a strong, broad multidisciplined investigation of marine sciences with emphasis on coastal oceanography. Through seminar and technical writing and communication courses, students investigate marine issues and develop professional skills in critical thinking, logical interpretations and professional-quality presentations. A thesis is required.

For more information about the Master of Science in Marine Sciences program curriculum and the graduate admissions process visit:

See Policies and Forms for Graduate Student Handbook,
Thesis Guide, and Forms


Department of Education Title VII Grant

The Master of Science in Marine Sciences degree program would not be possible without the help of the Department of Education (DoED)Title VII grant. In 2009 Dr. Mary C. Curran, Associate Professor of the Marine Sciences program was awarded the $3,000,000 (6 year) DoED VII grant. Title VII offers grant award contributions under the HBCU Master’s Degree Program towards the enhancement and support of graduate education opportunities in the fields of physical and natural sciences, computer sciences, mathematics and other science disciplines. Support from Title VII includes but is not limited to stipends through DoED Title VII fellowship awards, tuition assistance for graduate students, funding for student and faculty travel and registration to local, regional, and national conferences as well as funding for materials and equipment for research projects and field assignments.

DoED Title VII Fellowship

Title VII graduate students can apply for a DoED Title VII fellowship by completing the Title VII Application and Progress Report.


Title VII Fellowship Deadlines (Due by NOON)

Last Friday in July

1st Friday in December

1st Friday in May


2015-2016 DoED Title VII Graduate Students

Kevin McKenzie

Sarah Ramsden

Ashton Arnold

Nicholas Castellane