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Marine Science

Master of Professional Science

Next start date is August 12. No GRE needed and applying is free!!

Dive into a leadership degree

that builds careers for marine scientists.

Immerse yourself in a program crafted for passionate individuals like you, blending scientific excellence with hands-on skills for a thriving marine ecosystem.

Engage in virtual simulations for practical experiences, applying your knowledge to real-world scenarios and developing valuable problem-solving skills. Flexibility is paramount – tailored for professionals like you, ensuring career advancement without disrupting your commitments.

Connect globally with professionals, researchers, and fellow enthusiasts, broadening your network and immersing yourself in marine science perspectives, best practices, and collaborations.

Seize this opportunity to not just study marine science but actively contribute to the health of our oceans. Enroll now and actively shape a future where every skill learned contributes to a thriving job market and a world where marine ecosystems are preserved and celebrated.

Master’s in Marine Science Program Overview

The Master of Professional Science in Marine Science program provides students with a deep understanding of marine science, ecology, and the types of impacts oceans, and associated ecosystems, are experiencing. Stresses on marine ecosystems have created massive losses in marine biodiversity. By pairing leadership skills with scientific innovation, graduates of the program will have the ability to understand, implement, and improve best practices by reviewing primary literature, analyzing scientific data and applying conservation strategies. Employment opportunities span the breadth of academic research, natural resource management, conservation, and education.

Each student must choose a track for this program.

Conservation of Marine Predators
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Coral Reef Biodiversity and Conservation
Conservation of Marine Mammals

Prerequisites: Interested applicants in the Master’s in Marine Science must have completed 3 or more credits in Statistics, as well as 3 or more credits in either Marine Biology, Biology or Ecology.

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Career Outlook

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$61k

Median Salary for Marine Scientists.

$90k

Median Salary for Marine Conservation Program Managers.

+19%

Projected 10-year growth in jobs for data scientists.


Source: O*NET online. Unity Environmental University cannot guarantee employment. Salary data represents averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience.


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Experiential and Immersive Coursework

Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems

It is essential to protect our marine ecosystems for a sustainable future. Graduate students will research a Marine Protected Area and develop recommendations based on scientific expertise. They will craft recommendations based on stakeholder’s wants and needs on the potential change in scale and potential change in use of the environment while making sure to consider potential effects of climate change.

Sustainable Management of Marine Resources

Issues concerning the mismanagement of marine resources are plaguing our world today. Students will participate in a mock presentation to the American Fisheries Society focusing on potential solutions to marine species that have been historically overfished, over-harvested, impacted indirectly by fisheries, or otherwise managed unsustainably. Learning to present solutions to stakeholders is a valuable skill that students will need in their future careers.

Ethical Practice and Policy

Investigate ethical dimensions of a life in professional science, examining dimensions of environmental and natural resource science and policy in the context of globalization, global change, climate change, governance and contemporary theories/practices to create a more sustainable world. Students will evaluate the ethical dimensions of common scientific practice and policy issues related to sustainability and natural resources by researching current environmental policies.


Degree Requirements and Courses

The Master’s in marine science requires 30 credits with a minimum 3.0 GPA. For a more comprehensive look into the program, download our program sheet or view our full course catalog.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Marine Science?

    Marine science studies the ocean and its various components, including the organisms that inhabit it, seawater’s physical and chemical properties, and the processes that shape marine environments. It is a multidisciplinary field combining biology, chemistry, physics, geology, and environmental science elements to understand and explore the marine ecosystem.

  • What courses will I be taking?

    Professional Masters Core: 15 credits

    • PROF 505 Strategic Management of Innovation 
    • PROF 510 Communication for Environmental Professionals 
    • PROF 515 Ethical Practice and Policy 
    • PROF 590 Capstone I 
    • PROF 690 Capstone II

    Major Program Core: 15 credits

    • MARI 505 Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems
    • MARI 605 Sustainable Management of Marine Resources
    • MATH 620 Statistics and Data Management for Science Professionals

    Complete one of the following required tracks:

    Conservation of Marine Mammals Track

    • MARI 520 Identification and Life History of Marine Mammals
    • MARI 620 Marine Mammal Rescue and Rehabilitation

    Conservation of Marine Predators Track

    • MARI 510 Conservation of Marine Predators
    • MARI 610 Impacts of Predators on Marine Ecosystems

    Coral Reef Biodiversity and Conservation Track

    • MARI 515 Coral Ecology and Conservation
    • MARI 615 Coral Reef Restoration and Aquaculture

    For course requirements and a better look into your program, view our full course catalog. Then apply online for free to get started.

    For course requirements and a better look into your program, view our full course catalog. Then apply online for free to get started.

  • How fast can I finish?

    The timeframe for completion is up to you! Enroll in 6 credits per term and complete the program within just one year. Alternatively, opt for part-time study by taking one course at a time. Whichever path you choose, we’re here to support your educational journey every step of the way. Contact your concierge or advisor to create your personalized plan.

  • How much does it cost?

    Your online education should be affordable and manageable. Our team of distance education concierges will work with you through the admissions process to help you plan and pay for your degree. Learn more about the costs here.

    NEW! We’ve just reduced our graduate degree tuition!

  • How many credits can I transfer?

    Apply online (it’s free!) and a distance education concierge will reach out to create an individualized plan for transferring your credits. We will consider up to nine transfer credits for our graduate programs.

  • When can I start?

    We offer multiple start dates a year! View all the start dates here

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Program Features


+ Career FocusUnity ranks in the top 15% of colleges for social mobility according to CollegeNET. Demand for employees with green skills is growing daily, and the sustainability core in every master’s program at Unity means that you’ll graduate with an environmental consciousness applicable to every career path.

+ Earn While You LearnOur asynchronous model is designed to provide flexibility, allowing you to balance your studies with professional and personal commitments.

+ World Renowned FacultyLearn from faculty who are working in their field, bringing their professional network and real-world insights into the virtual classroom, fostering valuable connections for your future career.

+ Applied LearningYou’ll be required to engage your local community and environment while completing your master’s degree, giving you practical, hands-on experience while allowing you to translate theoretical knowledge into real-world solutions. 

+ Personalized SupportYou can rely on one-on-one professional advising, career support from your first day, unlimited mental health counseling, and more.


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