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Marine Science, M.S.

College of Arts and Sciences

We are proud to offer a research-driven and multidisciplinary marine science program, which features a broad-based education with room for specialized research.

We offer a comprehensive education across the multiple disciplines associated with marine science. Our program upholds USC’s research-intensive focus and places a high priority on advancing knowledge in the field. We offer financial support for qualified applicants, including a teaching assistant stipend, a tuition waiver and health insurance.

Program Highlights

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    Multidisciplinary Program

    Receive a thorough education in marine science with insights from fields including engineering, chemistry, biology, policy and statistics.

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    Research Oriented

    Conduct hands-on scientific research in our several laboratories, including an on-site wet lab with flowing seawater.

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    Baruch Marine Field Lab

    Discover experiential learning and field research opportunities, and gain access to our state's estuaries and coasts.

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    Satellite Oceanography

    Explore the ocean and its changes through satellite data at one of the few universities to offer satellite oceanography.

What You’ll Study

Master’s students in our program take graduate level courses that cover the four pillars of oceanography: advanced biological oceanography, chemical oceanography, geological oceanography and physical oceanography. We also teach satellite oceanography, a specialized field that is available at few universities nationwide.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Analytical Reasoning

    Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions

    Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making

    Data Simulation

    Using mathematical or statistical models to replicate real-world scenarios and predict outcomes

  • Laboratory Research

    Conducting experiments and analyzing data to gain new knowledge and insights in a scientific field


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

    Scientific Writing

    Communicating scientific research and findings in a clear, accurate and compelling manner

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Marine Biologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Marine Geologist
  • Marine Conservationist

Workplace Settings

  • Government Agencies
  • Research Institutions
  • Environmental Consulting
  • Energy and Offshore Industries
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture

Advanced Degrees

Advance your career or options with post-graduate education.

I loved that USC is so focused on research. In my second year, I embarked on a research cruise where I learned about my dream career as well as my strengths and areas to improve. That experience makes me stand out on job applications as a very competitive applicant.

Margaret Gaspar
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Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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