M.Sc. On Campus

Ocean Sciences

University of California, Santa Cruz

24 months
15102 USD/year
15102 USD/year
13851 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Ocean Sciences from University of California, Santa Cruz combines core courses and electives to provide depth and breadth in the ocean sciences. 


 Ocean Sciences from University of California, Santa Cruz prepares students to demonstrate understanding of fundamentals of oceanography, including Physical Oceanography and at least two of the following specialty areas (Biological, Chemical, Geological Oceanography).


 Graduates from the program are exceptionally prepared to take research or management positions in organizations concerned with the marine environment, to become educators, or to enter doctoral programs in ocean sciences or related fields. The thesis M. S. degree is preparation for research careers.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Physical Oceanography
  • Climate Dynamics
  • Biogeochemical Cycles
  • Predicting The Atmosphere, Ocean, And Climate
  • Marine Microbial Ecology
  • Chemical Oceanography
  • Aquatic Organic Geochemistry
  • Biological Oceanography
  • Dynamics Of Marine Ecosystems
  • Applied Environmental Time Series Analysis
  • Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • Marine Geology
  • Teaching In Ocean Sciences

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


42 alternative credits

Plan I (thesis, minimum 44 credits) or Plan II (coursework, minimum 42 credits)


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official transcripts
  • Supplemental Materials
  • Recommendations 
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation are required, up to 5 may be submitted.
  • General test GRE scores are required
  • ​Résumé
  • Availability of suitable sponsor. 
  • A Statement of Purpose. Please describe your plans for graduate study or research and for your future occupation or profession. Include any information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and qualifications for graduate study at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Recommended length is a concise 2-4 pages.
  • A Personal History Statement is also required

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15102 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15102 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    15102 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15102 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    13851 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13851 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Santa Cruz

1710 - 2560 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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