Marine Science

Jacksonville University

24 months
720 USD/module
720 USD/module
Tuition fee
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The marine science major at Jacksonville University emphasizes the multi-disciplined approach necessary to understand the marine environment. Using a core of biology courses, the major includes elements of chemistry, physics, and physical science, as well as life sciences. Students may focus their studies in one or more of these areas by careful selection of their elective courses.


Jacksonville University's marine science graduates have gone on to successful careers in a variety of areas. Some of their employers include Sea World, Naval Oceanographic Office, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Division of Parks and Recreation, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

Jacksonville University's Master of Marine Science (MS/MA in MSC) degree program is designed to provide its graduates with the specific knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in variety of marine-related positions in industry, government and education or for entry into doctoral marine science programs. The program emphasizes a hands-on approach to learning through either the completion of an original thesis project under the mentorship of an experienced marine science researcher, or a non-thesis option with a more extensive laboratory experience.

The graduate program continues the undergraduate emphasis on individualized programs of study that ensure students the best possible preparation based on their interests, background and abilities. Marine science faculty and researchers currently work in many fields critical to the understanding and sustainable use of marine resources and systems including aquaculture, benthic ecology, marine and estuarine ecology, coral reef ecology, environmental chemistry, phycology, environmental microbiology, toxicology, marine mammal physiology, and ichthyology.

The program is designed to be completed in two years for full-time graduate students. Students must take a core 4-course sequence and complete a proposal for their thesis research topic, or design a laboratory experience in conjunction with a graduate advisor. Thesis research is conducted through the next year, culminating in oral and written presentation of a thesis. Research facilities include state-of-the-art laboratories at the Marine Science Research Institute, with opportunities to conduct research at other facilities also possible.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Aquaculture
  • Toxicology
  • Marine Mammal

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

English requirements

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

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Have earned or will earn a high school diploma or a General Educational Development (GED) diploma.
  • Have never enrolled as a full-time or part-time student at a college or university except for Dual Enrollment during high school.
For more information please visit the programme website.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    720 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 720 USD per module and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    720 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 720 USD per module and a duration of 24 months.


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