Fisheries & Mariculture, M.S.

College of Science & Engineering

College of Science & Engineering

Fisheries & Mariculture, M.S.

The Fisheries and Mariculture Program offers an M.S. degree with a choice of emphasis in either fisheries or marine aquaculture. Our students enjoy a low student-faculty ratio and opportunities to study the biology of ecologically and commercially important Gulf of Mexico species as well as economically important cultured marine species. Nearly all students receive financial support from assistantships, fellowships, or scholarships awarded by the university and by private and public agencies. 

Faculty members supervise student research on topics ranging from fisheries ecology to habitat restoration and aquatic animal nutrition. In addition to university facilities, students can also conduct research at partner institutions including the Texas AgriLife Mariculture laboratories and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Marine Development Center fish hatchery. Our students learn the skills necessary for positions in both the public and private sectors of the fisheries and mariculture industries, including field sampling, statistical analyses, molecular techniques and GIS.

Domestic Students:

*Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall           Spring       Summer I  Summer II 
February 1 August 1 February 1 Not Offered

Final deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall            Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
May 15 October 15 March 1 Not Offered

International Students:

Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall             Spring      Summer I  Summer II 
February 1 June 1 February 1 Not Offered

Final deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall                   Spring Summer I        Summer II     
April 15 September 15 February 1 Not Offered

*Complete application should be received for full admissions and funding consideration 

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.

Requirements:

Application requirements specific to this program :

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or University attended (Foreign College credits/transcripts require an official foreign evaluation. Please click here).  TAMU-CC transcript is not required.
  • Official GRE scores (Within five years of the date of application)
  • Essay (Approximately 300-400 words in length which includes educational and career goals)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS Scores are required for International applicants from countries where English is not the native language.(Within two years of the date of application)

*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

Submit all supporting documents online.

Additional International Applicant Requirements

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5

Thesis track (requires a thesis to be written at the conclusion of the program based upon the student's original research) Degree Plan :

FAMA 5370 Mariculture 3 SCH
FAMA 5328 Fisheries Ecology & Management 3 SCH
FAMA 5312 Mariculture Techniques OR FAMA 5329 Fisheries Techniques 3 SCH
MATH 6315 Statistical Method in Research 3 SCH
MATH 6316 Statistical Method in Research II OR CMSS 6323 Experimental Design 3 SCH
FAMA 5392 Thesis Proposal 3 SCH
FAMA 5393 Thesis Research 3 SCH
FAMA 5394 Thesis Submission 3 SCH
FAMA 5102 Graduate Defense Seminar 1 SCH
Plus 11 hours of elective coursework

Professional track (focused upon practical, hands-on experience) Degree Plan for:
MARICULTURE

FAMA 5370 Mariculture 3 SCH
FAMA 5312 Mariculture Techniques 3 SCH
FAMA 5421 Chemistry of Natural Waters 4 SCH
FAMA 5315 Diseases and Parasites of Aquatic Organisms 3 SCH
MATH 6315 Statistical Methods in Research 3 SCH
FAMA 5397 Professional Paper Submission (taken in the last semester) 3 SCH
FAMA 5998 Internship 9-17 SCH
Plus 0-8 hours of elective coursework

Professional track (focused upon practical, hands-on experience) Degree Plan for:
FISHERIES

FAMA 5328 Fisheries Ecology and Management 3 SCH
FAMA 5329 Fisheries Techniques 3 SCH
MATH 6315 Statistical Methods in Research 3 SCH
FAMA 5397 Professional Paper Submission (taken in the last semester) 3 SCH
FAMA 5998 Internship 9-18 SCH
Plus 6-15 hours of elective coursework
For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Business Office's website.
Teaching Assistantships, graduate research assistantships, fellowships, or scholarships may be available to graduate students admitted as degree-seeking students who maintain full time graduate student status (9 hours/fall and spring semesters, and 3 hours/summer). The completed Teaching Assistant Application (http://sci.tamucc.edu/students/gradfunding.html) and all other materials requested for evaluation should be submitted to the office indicated on that form. For full consideration, the deadline for submitting applications is February 1 for the following academic year. Faculty members conducting funded research projects often hire qualified graduate students as Research Assistants. Students should contact faculty members in their field of interest for information on these opportunities. Summer funding (3 mos.) is the responsibility of major advisor and/or student, and should be discussed early in the academic year.

Additional Information

  • Persons seeking admission to the program should first contact the program faculty and identify a faculty member, or members, willing to serve as the graduate supervisor, and the applicant must include a summary of their discussions with faculty members in their essay. Applicants will not be admitted to the program without a graduate supervisor. Faculty profiles are found at the program website: http://sci.tamucc.edu/member.php?who=all&program=fama.
  • If you would like to learn more about the Fisheries and Mariculture Program, please visit the Program website found at: http://sci.tamucc.edu/LSCI/FAMA/
  • If you'd like to learn more about the College of Science and Engineering, please visit the College website.

Contact for More Information:

Dr. John Scarpa

6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5800
Office: 361-825-2369
John.Scarpa@tamucc.edu