Marine Biology, M.S. & Ph.D.
Marine Biology is an exciting area of graduate study at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The Marine Biology Program is designed for students with an interest in one or several sub-disciplines of marine biology who wish to pursue careers in higher education, government, or private industry.
*Priority deadline to receive complete applications:
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Final deadline for receipt of complete applications:
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*Complete application should be received for full admissions and funding consideration
|Complete Application for Admission:||
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.
Application requirements specific to this program :
*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive Student ID before submitting the application requirements below.
Apply separately for financial assistance. Students should discuss this with their proposed mentor.
Due to the popularity of the Marine Biology graduate program, we have been receiving many more applications than we can possibly accept. Therefore, we only encourage applications from those students who have a mentor match with a Marine Biology faculty member. Students are required to contact potential faculty mentors prior to applying to the program. Faculty profiles found at the program website: http://marinebiology.tamucc.edu/faculty.html
Submit all supporting documents online.
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Application requirements for international applicants:
Core Courses (12 sem. hrs.)
1. Non-Thesis Option
The non-thesis Master’s Degree is designed to provide a broad understanding of marine biology. The curriculum will especially benefit those individuals in professional employment who seek advancement or additional training to enhance their knowledge and skills. The student is required to write a professional paper based on research conducted in MARB 5397 - Directed Research. The paper will be on a topic approved by the student’s GAC and will demonstrate the student’s abilities in organization, data collection, and scientific writing. To graduate under the non-thesis degree plan, a student must complete a minimum of 36 graduate semester credit hours. The student will complete:
2. Thesis Option
The thesis Master’s Degree requires a thesis based upon original research conducted during the period that the student is enrolled at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The research must include a review of relevant literature, a description of the results from original research on a topic approved by the GAC, statistical analysis when appropriate, and an appropriate discussion of the results. To graduate under the thesis degree plan, a student must complete a minimum of 32 graduate semester credit hours. Three courses form the required research component of the degree for the MS (thesis): MARB 5392 - Thesis Proposal, MARB 5393 - Thesis Research, and MARB 5394 - Thesis Submission. Students must enroll in MARB 5394 - Thesis Submission during their last semester when their theses will be completed. The student will complete:
PhD Students Admitted with Only a Bachelor’s Degree
Students accepted to the Marine Biology PhD Program with only a bachelor’s degree (i.e., without an MS degree in an appropriate discipline) must complete a minimum of 96 semester hours of coursework and research.
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PhD Students Admitted with a Master’s Degree
Students accepted to the Marine Biology PhD Program with an MS degree in an appropriate discipline must complete a minimum of 64 hours of coursework and research.
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