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Master’s in Marine Science

Master of Professional Science

Next start date is August 23. No GRE needed and applying is free!!

A Leadership and Management Degree

for Marine Scientists

Deepen your understanding of marine science and the implications of the global decline of marine biodiversity. The Master of Professional Science in Marine Science combines scientific data analysis and interpretation with leadership and management skills designed to get you ahead. Coursework in this degree prepares you for employment as marine project managers, marine scientists, and conservation biologists in the government and private sector.

Program Overview

Using a transdisciplinary process, this degree provides students with a deep
understanding of marine science and ecology, and the implications of the global decline of marine biodiversity and the impact that this decline has on marine ecosystems. With an emphasis on synthesizing scientific literature, data analysis and interpretation, while developing leadership and management skills, coursework in this degree will prepare students for employment as marine project managers, marine scientists and conservation biologists in the government and private sector.

Each student must choose a track for this program.

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

NOTE: Interested applicants in the Master’s in Marine Science are expected to have previously studied Statistics and Marine Biology, Biology or Ecology. 


Program Features

+ One-on-one academic and professional advising as our world-class faculty and trained staff strive to make your professional and academic goals a reality. 

+ Unity College is an accredited institution by New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). 

+ Experiential Online. Experiential programs are delivered 100% online with fieldwork designed with the working professional in mind. 

+ Study when and where you want and finish your degree while still working full-time. 

+ Make professional connections with leaders in your field. 

+ Get job placement assistance. Browse our online job board and use free tools through our career services

+ Multiple start dates. Begin your program on your time. Choose from five year-round start dates.


Experiential and Immersive Coursework

Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems

It is essential to protect our marine ecosystems for a sustainable future. 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.


Experts in the Field

At Unity College, our Faculty is comprised of a wide range of environmental science experts who in addition to teaching, conduct their own research and various fieldwork.

Sarah Driscoll Unity College Faculty

Dr. Sarah Driscoll

Instructor of Marine Biology

Sarah Driscoll received a dual B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and a MLA from Harvard University. Sarah is currently finishing her PhD in Environmental Studies at Antioch University. 

As a marine ecologist, most of her work centers on highly mobile vertebrates, including sharks, sea turtles, and stingrays. Her current study sites are located in the Bahamas where she works out of the Bimini Biological Field Station. Sarah was a Senior Biologist and Assistant Diving Safety Officer for the New England Aquarium (NEA) for 15+ years. During this time, she created a marine biology program for students which included Open Water SCUBA certification and underwater research methods as part of the educational platform. Sarah also led international conservation expeditions for NEA, was on the Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) Team, and was a scientific diver for the Smithsonian Institution. She is an instructor for Divers Alert Network (DAN) and the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). 

Although most of her research has focused on the marine realm, Sarah truly enjoys the sub-discipline of ecology and is also fascinated by terrestrial organisms. She enjoys working with students to help them achieve their educational goals, which is one of the main reasons she began her doctoral studies. Sarah has taught in academia for several years and is honored to be a part of Unity College’s commitment to the environment.


Small Class Sizes

Small Class Sizes

At Unity College, we believe our students are not just a number. The value of small class size intimacy is just as important to us in our distance education program as it is in traditional classroom settings. We give the benefit of creating tight-knit communities where networking can flourish. By keeping our class sizes small, our faculty can dedicate their time to providing all one-on-one guidance when needed by a student.

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

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 College cannot guarantee employment. Salary data represents averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience.

Careers and Outcomes

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Last Updated on June 9, 2021