M.Sc. On Campus

Coastal Science

University of Southern Mississippi

24 months
488 USD/credit
488 USD/credit
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Coastal Sciences (COA) is an academic department at the University of Southern Mississippi offering M.S. and Ph.D. programs at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs, MS.


As a research-intensive unit, Coastal Sciences's graduate program offers excellent opportunities for students to immerse themselves in basic and applied research. Graduates at the University of Southern Mississippi are equipped to help better protect, manage, and enhance coastal and marine resources. Current research programs support graduate and postdoctoral students in investigations related to aquaculture, aquatic health sciences, coastal ecology and ecosystem processes, and fisheries and fisheries oceanography.

What Will I Learn?

  • Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary knowledge and understanding of Coastal Sciences.
  • Specialized research skills.
  • Scientific presentation skills to effectively communicate scientific research.
  • Scientific publication skills.
  • Knowledge, field and laboratory skills necessary for jobs in marine-related fields.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Coastal Marine Geology 
  • Coastal Ornithology
  • Coastal Vegetation
  • Coastal Vegetation Laboratory 
  • Marine Conservation 
  • Application of Environmental and Coastal Zone Management

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
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30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission is competitive and based on a holistic review of the applicant’s credentials by departments.  The University sets minimum requirements for regular admission into graduate school, including:

    Online Application
  • $60 non-refundable application fee
  • Good standing at last university attended
  • Official transcripts and degree certificates or diplomas from all previous colleges or universities attended
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE, or iTEP scores
  • Official copy of GRE, GMAT, or MAT score from testing service
  • Three letters of recommendation (upload to application file)
  • Statement of Purpose or writing sample (according to departmental requirements)
  • Immunization records (required prior to enrolling in classes if admitted)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    488 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 488 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    488 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 488 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for West Hattiesburg

800 - 1300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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