Student Sharon Nebbia examines sample of water on the dock at UMass Boston

Marine Science and Technology, MS

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.

Thesis Track
Non-Thesis Track

Program Faculty

Program Contact

Contact Graduate Program Coordinator Maria Petrova at maria.petrova@umb.edu or Graduate Program Director Juanita Urban-Rich at juanita.urban-rich@umb.edu