Preparation for Graduate Study

M.A. Applicants

The Master of Arts in Marine Science program is open to traditional and non-traditional students.  The prospective student must have a B.A. or B.S. from an accredited institution and be able to demonstrate preparation for graduate-level courses in science and the other requirements of the program.

M.S. & Ph.D. Applicants

All applicants to the School of Marine Science should have a strong background in basic science, including physics and chemistry (through organic), mathematics through calculus, and contemporary biology courses. The prospective chemical, geological or physical oceanography student should have an undergraduate degree with appropriate course work in chemistry, geology or related geophysical science, physics, meteorology, mathematics, or engineering, and a solid quantitative background. Coursework in statistics is recommended for all students.  Most successful applicants have completed an undergraduate degree in a basic science or an advanced degree (M.S.) in marine science or a closely allied field.  

Our departments offer additional guidelines on preparation for advanced work in the sub-disciplines of marine science and list any specific prerequisites you will need: 

Undergraduate Opportunities 

Undergraduates who are interested in pursuing a career based on advanced training in marine science should consult with their academic advisors, or with the School of Marine Science [[admissions, Admissions]], early in their college careers to identify an academic program that will prepare them for graduate study in marine science.

 The School of Marine Science also offers an undergraduate minor in marine science in collaboration with W&M Arts and Sciences and other programs for undergraduates who may be interested in pursuing careers in marine science.