M.Sc. On Campus

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

University of California, San Diego

12 months
32589 USD/year
32589 USD/year
17487 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Advanced Studies Program in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (MAS MBC Program) at the University of California, San Diego trains the trailblazers of tomorrow. 


About this Degree

Our global ocean fuels our economy, supports vibrant coastal communities, and provides vital habitat for innumerable marine species. Indeed, the ecological, oceanographic and biological systems that lie beneath our ocean’s surface create the very building blocks of life, supporting complex food webs that cascade through every tier of the natural world.

But new and expanding ocean uses put additional pressure on these fragile systems and humans are altering the chemistry and temperature of our waters. To address these marine conservation issues, we need innovative thought leaders who understand the multifaceted and interconnected nature of these pressing challenges.

At the University of California, San Diego teach current and future Marine Biodiversity and Conservation professionals about marine ecosystems through an interdisciplinary, hands-on curriculum in marine biology, ecology, oceanography, communication, economics, justice, law and policy.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biological Oceanography
  • Polar System Science
  • Marine GIS
  • Benthic Ecology
  • Sustainable Seafood
  • Biology of Fishes
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Climate Science and Policy
  • Advanced Workshop in Communication Media

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Statement of Purpose: In ~750 words, describe your interest in this field, demonstrated commitment to the ocean, and rationale for applying to the program. Please explain why you are applying to the MAS MBC Program and what you hope to achieve with this degree.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a preferred minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Resume/CV
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • College Transcripts
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): for international applicants only, minimum score is 85 (iBT) or 550 (PBT), or 7 IELTS
  • The GRE is not required. You may submit GRE/GMAT results if you feel they will greatly strengthen your application

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32589 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32589 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    32589 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32589 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    17487 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17487 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for San Diego

1400 - 2455 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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