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Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences, M.Sc.

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University rank #51 (ARWU) , MD,
Are you interested in more than one scientific specialty? Then the Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences (MEES) Program is for you. In the MEES Program, you will be trained to conduct research, integrate ideas and apply scientific knowledge to help solve pressing environmental problems.


Solutions to environmental problems are interdisciplinary and your graduate degree should be too.

Environmental science is an inherently interdisciplinary endeavor, but this term does not have the same meaning to everyone. The comprehensive scope and flexibility of our new MEES curriculum leverages the full breadth of environmental sciences at partner campuses across the University System of Maryland, from the social sciences to molecular ecology. This provides students with a highly personalized training. Students work closely with faculty to develop an individually tailored program of study en route to a research-based master's or doctoral degree. All students receive training in quantitative approaches and professional development, and are exposed to a variety of interdisciplinary issues. In all cases, you will learn to synthesize the best environmental science approaches in your own unique way to address the world’s most difficult environmental problems. MEES alumni enter a diversity of fields in academia, government agencies, non-governmental organizations and private industry. 

The MEES curriculum provides a balance of disciplinary strength and interdisciplinary perspective, designed for environmental issues in the 21st century.  

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • The applicant's research interests must be clearly stated and relevant to the MEES Foundation
  • The academic preparation of the applicant must be consistent with stated interests and Foundation requirements.
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better
  • The undergraduate GPA must be at least 3.0, although some students with a GPA below 3.0 may be provisionally accepted based on related research or work experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1474 USD/credit
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  • National

    683 USD/credit
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Living costs for College Park

  • 1676 - 2840 USD/month
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