Marine Science and Technology, MS
UMass Boston's Marine Science & Technology MS is an interdisciplinary master's that prepares you for a practical career in the ocean sciences or to continue on and earn your PhD. The oceans are part of the thin, outer shell of the Earth and marine science is the study of this envelope, from the deep sea to shallow coastal oceans: their biology, chemistry, geology and physics together make marine science a richly inter-disciplinary science. The oceans are dynamic and vast, they contain most of the Earth's water and carbon and surface heat, and much of its biomass, but they do not operate alone. In conjunction with the atmosphere, continents and ice (cryosphere), they form a working machine, driven mostly by energy derived from the sun and the Earth’s interior.
What the School Offers to Ensure Your Success
In addition to the significant support provided by the Director and faculty of the marine science and technology MS program, our Academic Achievement Services Center (AASC@SFE) offers a breadth of programs and activities designed to support you in your journey. Whether you seek additional support for your classes, need assistance in identifying an internship host, seeking information about fellowships or grants, looking for professional development opportunities or gearing up to enter the job market, AASC@SFE is always here for you. AASC@SFE offers support and connections for advising, student support (academic, financial, health), career services and opportunities, connections to internship hosts and employers, and more.
What You Can Take
Current students should consult the graduate student handbook for the year that they enrolled in the program.
MS students may choose either a thesis or non-thesis option. The thesis option requires a minimum of 30 credit hours and the non-thesis option requires 33 credit hours. Full-time MS students normally complete their degree requirements in four semesters. Part-time MS students are encouraged to take two courses per semester. All graduate courses approved by the student’s advisor count toward the credit requirement.
Learning Objectives for this program can be viewed here.
Each student electing the thesis option will be assigned a thesis committee, chaired by the student’s major advisor, which will be responsible for ensuring that the student fulfills all requirements of the degree program, as well as other university-wide requirements, including presentation of a thesis defense, consisting of a public lecture on the thesis, and a subsequent oral examination by the Thesis Committee. A student’s committee is chaired by the student’s major advisor and guides the student’s research. At least two members of the 3 member-minimum committee must be School for the Environment faculty. Additional members may be selected from marine science faculty at UMass Dartmouth, UMass Lowell, or UMass Amherst who are affiliated with the Intercampus Marine Science Graduate Program, other departments at UMass Boston, and other institutions.
The MS program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours with the thesis option. Students are required to take three core courses (9 credits) and choose additional courses (15 credits minimum) appropriate to a selected area of concentration. Attendance at a weekly seminar series is required (2 credits total, included in the above 15) and each student must present at least one seminar in their third or fourth semester. It is also required that students apply a minimum of 6 credit hours toward thesis research. The student must achieve an overall average of 3.0 in the MS degree program. Full-time MS students normally complete their degree requirements in four semesters. Part-time MS students are encouraged to take two courses per semester.
Each student electing the non-thesis option, in addition to an additional 3 credits, must complete a substantial research paper that must be read and approved by the major advisor and at least one other faculty member. The MS program requires a minimum of 33 credit hours with the non-thesis option. Students are required to take three core courses (9 credits) and choose additional courses (22 credits minimum) appropriate to a selected area of concentration.
Attendance at a weekly seminar series is required (1 credit each for two semesters) and each student must present at least one seminar in their third or fourth semester. Full-time MS students normally complete their degree requirements in four semesters. The student must achieve an overall average of 3.0 in the MS degree program.
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- Jarrett Byrnes
- Bob Chen
- John Duff
- Ron Etter
- Eugene Gallagher
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- Molly Lutcavage
- Jonathan Mandelman
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