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Master’s in Marine Science

Master of Professional Science

Next start date is March 15. No GRE needed and applying is free!!

A Leadership and Management Degree

for Marine Scientists

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

A Master’s in Marine Science with tracks in Marine Predators, Coral Reefs, and Marine Mammal Studies! 

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.  

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

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Career Outlook

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Median Salary for Marine Scientists


Median Salary for Marine Conservation Program Managers


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.


MPS in Marine Science 

As a student in the marine science master’s program, you’ll benefit from:

  • 100% online. Marine Science students who take a full course load can complete the degree requirements in as few as 12 months!
  • World-class faculty experienced in online teaching.
  • Small class sizes allow for personalized attention. That’s something you won’t find at larger, online universities!
  • Affordable and flexible. Take the classes whenever works for you. We offer five start dates per year!
  • Unlike similar programs, no GRE is required.

Careers and Outcomes

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Faculty Profiles

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Master’s in Marine Science Degree Requirements:

30 credits earned
3.00 minimum cumulative graduate-level grade-point average

Download the Degree Sheet for all requirements.

Professional Core Courses: 

  • PROF 505 Strategic Management of Innovation

    This course is designed to help students understand the strategic, organizational, and human issues that can either help or hinder you (and the organizations, both private and public, you work for) in efforts to develop and implement science-based solutions to environmental and natural resource challenges. It combines the study of those principles needed to manage scientific innovation with an emphasis on how environmental innovation fits within an organization?s strategy and business model, and why they matter, and how one creates an innovative learning organization, drives change within an organization, and drives the adoption of the innovations the organization creates.

  • PROF 510 Communication for Environmental Professionals

    This course will provide students the opportunity to develop vital professional skills in oral and written communication while preparing them to communicate clearly about science, policy, and technology issues with demographically diverse and geographically dispersed audiences. Content will address mass media and public understanding of science; organizational communication issues such as structure and communication networks; rhetoric, advocacy, and strategic message development; the role of public opinion and public policy; innovation and decision making; crisis communication and conflict management; emerging communication technologies; and inter-organizational and cross-disciplinary communication.

  • PROF 515 Ethical Practice and Policy

    This course will investigate some of the 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, and climate change. Students critically evaluate the ethical dimensions of common scientific practice and policy issues related to sustainability and natural resources.

  • PROF 590 Capstone I

    This course guides students through the creation of a capstone project. Students from all degree tracks solve real-world problems through application of the variety of skills and knowledge acquired during their master’s experience. Students work to develop projects that demonstrate transdisciplinary thinking, analyze complex systems, and develop and communicate solutions to posed problems.

  • PROF 690 Capstone II

    This course is the culminating experience in obtaining the Master of Professional Science degree at Unity College. Students will work to solve real-world problems through application of the variety of skills and knowledge acquired during their master?s experience. Collaborators work to demonstrate transdisciplinary thinking, analyze complex systems, and develop and communicate solutions to posed problems. Students will work with mentors to conduct research projects in their fields of interest.

Concentration in Conservation of Marine Predators Courses:

Concentration in Coral Reef Biodiversity and Conservation Courses:

Concentration in Conservation of Marine Mammals Courses: 

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