Degree Programs

Three graduate degrees and an undergraduate minor are offered through William & Mary's School of Marine Science at VIMS.

Prospective Graduate Students

VIMS is one of the nation's largest and most prestigious centers for coastal and marine research and education. The School of Marine Science at VIMS is committed to building a talented, diverse, and inclusive community of marine science leaders who have the academic and professional skills necessary to meet the present and future needs of science and society.

Three grad students spy an osprey during a field trip for the Wetland Ecogeomorphology course. Photo credit: Grace Molino.

Current Students

Resources, links, forms and more for current students are collated together here.


Undergraduate Opportunities

William & Mary undergraduates can get involved in all aspects of marine science through a collaboration between William & Mary's Arts & Sciences and William & Mary's School of Marine Science at VIMS. Students complete coursework, conduct research, engage with policy and can complete a Minor in Marine Science.

Fast Facts about the School of Marine Science

  • 1,000+
    Degrees Granted

    The SMS has granted more than 1,000 degrees, making it one of the largest marine science graduate programs in the United States.

  • 75+
    Years of Graduate Education

    For more than 75 years, the SMS has offered an exceptional graduate education.

  • 48 %
    Knauss Fellowships

    Nearly half of all Sea Grant's Knauss Fellowships in Virginia have been awarded to SMS students.

  • 6
    Exceptional Faculty

    The State Council for Higher Education in Virginia has awarded its prestigious Outstanding Faculty Award to six members of the SMS faculty.

Office for Academic Affairs

The Office for Academic Affairs advocates on behalf of students and the academic program, supports the faculty and staff who are engaged in delivering education and student services and develops and administers academic and institutional policies affecting students in ways that foster high academic standards, responsible conduct and student resilience within an equitable, inclusive and diverse education and training environment.

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Office of Academic Affairs


Post Office Box 1346 1370 Greate Road (shipping) Gloucester Point, VA 23062

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