Ocean, Coastal, and Earth Sciences, M.Sc. | The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley | Texas City, United States
12 months
15676 USD/year
15676 USD/year
8332 USD/year
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The School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley offers a Master of Science in Ocean, Coastal, and Earth Sciences (OCES). 


The goal of the Ocean, Coastal, and Earth Sciences program at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is to provide students a unique integrative education and training experience that prepares them to meet the challenges and opportunities in the multiple dimensions of contemporary marine, coastal, and environmental science disciplines. 

Specifically, the OCES program targets students wishing to pursue a graduate degree with the intention of entering the work force to contribute their gained expertise and comprehensive understanding of complex ecological and resource systems made up of biotic and abiotic components coexisting and interacting with human communities and relevant socio-economic activities in ocean and coastal zone environments. 

Key Features

  • Students graduating from the program will be prepared to take on decision-making positions in a wide range of governmental agencies and NGOs. They can expect a broad set of science careers, within and beyond academia, including private and public sector organizations concerned with marine and coastal systems, recognizing that rivers, estuaries, and the oceans are fundamentally important to our societies.
  • This multidisciplinary degree program is designed to provide a rigorous applied and theoretical education in the marine and coastal sciences with emphasis on the environmental impacts of anthropogenic and natural forcings along the Texas coastline and beyond.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Systems Science and Applications Seminar
  • Ecosystem Management and Social-Ecological Resiliency
  • Systems Science Issues and Applications Seminar
  • Coastal and Deltaic Processes
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Hydrologic Systems
  • Adaptations to Aquatic Environments

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Rolling admission for national students.


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
154 (verbal)
144 (quantitative)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
  • GRE General Test with minimum GRE scores of: Verbal 153 and Quantitative 144 are required. GRE test scores are valid for 5 years. A waiver of the GRE requirement will be granted to applicants who show proof of completing a graduate degree (master’s or doctoral).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15676 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7838 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    15676 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7838 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    8332 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4166 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Texas City

882 - 1634 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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