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Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) , LA,
The Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences from Louisiana State University offers Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees and supports the expansion of marine-related instruction in other academic departments.


The Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences (DOCS) at Louisiana State University provides unique graduate-level MS and PhD programs that focus on ecological and oceanographic processes extending from the coastal zone to the deep ocean.

The Master of Science Degree in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences from Louisiana State University with thesis option requires 24 semester hours of graduate level courses, including two courses covering the four core areas, and six hours of thesis research for a total of 30 credit hours. At least 15 of the credits hours must be at the 7000 level or above. The Graduate School does not require a formal curriculum statement, but your major advisor and committee may. Do it anyway. It's good for you.

The Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences (DOCS) also has a non-thesis option which is designed for individuals interested in non-research careers (positions in regulatory agencies, management groups) where breadth of course work may be more valuable than research experience.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Advanced Topics in Marine Sciences
  • Case Studies in Coastal Ecosystem Modeling
  • Dynamical Oceanography
  • Applied Coastal Plant Ecology
  • Global Climate Change and Wetlands
  • Marine Isotope Biogeochemistry
  • Coastal Physical/Chemical Systems: Analytical Methods
  • Satellite Oceanography

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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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).

Admission Requirements:

Online application materials to the LSU Graduate School Admissions must include all of the following:

  •  A completed online Application for Admission. Visit the site of the LSU office of Graduate Admissions and apply online.
  • a nonrefundable application fee which should be paid online
  • transcripts from all accredited universities attended verifying and documenting graduation
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores for international students only


  • Three letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28500 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    28308 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28308 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    11393 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11393 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
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