M.Sc. On Campus

Interdisciplinary Marine and Estuarine Sciences

12 months
8956 USD/year
8956 USD/year
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The Interdisciplinary Marine and Estuarine Sciences program is a course offered at San Francisco State University (SF State) by the College of Science and Engineering, based at the Estuary & Ocean Science Center, Romberg Tiburon Campus.


The Interdisciplinary Marine and Estuarine Sciences program offered at San Francisco State University provides the opportunity for students to develop a transdisciplinary knowledge base at the intersection of global change, coastal marine, and estuarine ecosystems, and societal challenges faced in urbanized areas.

Students develop an applied knowledge in one or more fields of marine and estuarine sciences through conducting independent research under the guidance of faculty from a broad spectrum of physical, biological and social sciences. That applied knowledge is combined with professional internships and training in professional skills to prepare graduates for a range of careers including scientific research, natural resource management, and science communication. Through the EOS Center, the program provides extensive laboratory resources and access to field sites for advanced study in marine and estuarine sciences.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Design a research project incorporating complex information involving coastal and marine ecosystems, communities, and organisms, using logic and evidence to answer research questions.
  • Facilitate and engage in productive and diplomatic work relationships with peers, supervisors, and other professionals. Articulate how information and tools from different disciplines can be used together to generate novel insights and solutions.
  • Demonstrate mastery of a suite of technical and statistical skills appropriate to address the research topic.
  • Effectively communicate the research project to different audiences using clear, appropriate, and effective language and delivery style.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Scientific Methods for Professional Aquatic Scientists
  • Global Change in Urbanized Coasts and Estuaries
  • Skills for Scientific Proposal Writing
  • Advances in Marine Biology
  • Issues in Marine and Estuarine Conservation
  • Selected Topics in the Geosciences

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


32 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • CV or Resume
  • Personal statement
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores (optional)
  • English language proficiency (international students)

Tuition Fee

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    8956 USD/year
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  • National

    8956 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8956 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for San Francisco

2206 - 4119 USD /month
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