Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences

University of Maryland

24 months
39000 USD/year
39000 USD/year
17544 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences (MEES) is an inter-institutional graduate program of the University of Maryland whose mission is to educate students to become the scientific leaders and problem-solvers of the future.


The Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences program from University of Maryland is an inter-institutional, statewide graduate program within the University System of Maryland (USM). The program is composed of faculty from several of the USM's degree-granting universities and research institutions as well as experts from government, non-government agencies and other non-academic units. Thus, the MEES program affords students an unparalleled opportunity to combine the expertise of the best environmental scientists in the region to guide their program of study. 

Although the title of the program emphasizes its strengths in marine and estuarine sciences, the program itself spans the environmental sciences as a whole, irrespective of habitat. While the interests of students in the program are diverse, they generally center on some aspect of the interaction between biological, physical and/or chemical systems in the environment. 

Student research ranges from studies of molecular mechanisms to fisheries ecology, chemical pollutants, or economic assessments of environmental impacts. Since its faculty members come from so many sources, MEES provides a unique and valuable graduate education across the broad range of the environmental sciences!

Facilities and Special Resources

Students may conduct their research in the laboratories and facilities of the College Park (UMCP), Baltimore (UMB), Baltimore County (UMBC), or Eastern Shore (UMES) campuses, in one of the laboratories of the University’s Center for Environmental Studies (UMCES): the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL) at Solomons, Maryland; the Horn Point Laboratory (HPL) near Cambridge, Maryland; and the Appalachian Laboratory (AL) in Frostburg, Maryland; or at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) in Baltimore.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Agricultural Science
  • Animal Science
  • Atmospheric & Oceanic Science
  • Agricultural & Resource Economics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biometrics
  • Business Management
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Sustainable Development & Conservation Biology
  • Economics
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Science
  • Epidemiology & Biostatistics
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geography & Environmental Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Science
  • Molecular & Cell Biology
  • Natural Resources Sciences
  • Pathology
  • Plant Biology
  • Physics
  • Plant Sciences
  • Public Affairs
  • Statistics
  • Toxicology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official transcripts of all college-level work.
  • A brief essay clearly defining areas of research interest and research objectives (preferably including the Foundation of interest). The essay should not be in outline form.
  • A current CV or resume.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the academic work of the applicant.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores
  • International Applicants: Most international applicants will be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS exam scores.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19500 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    39000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19500 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    17544 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8772 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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