Marine Biology

M.S., Ph.D. Degrees

The marine biology graduate program focuses on the ecology, physiology and biochemistry/molecular biology of marine organisms. Students may pursue either an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in marine biology. Graduate students are afforded excellent opportunities for laboratory and field research through the Institute of Marine Science. Laboratory facilities are available in Fairbanks, the Seward Marine Center, the Juneau Center, the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center and at the Kasitsna Bay Laboratory. Opportunities for fieldwork are available on the coastal research vessel Nanuq, which operates in Resurrection Bay.

Students considering graduate study in marine biology should have a strong background in biology, molecular biology or biochemistry. Students are admitted on the basis of their ability and the capability of the program to meet their particular interests and needs. Faculty review requests for admission throughout the year. Stipends for financial support are awarded competitively and limited fellowship support is also available. 

Minimum Requirements for Marine Biology Degrees: M.S.: 30 credits; Ph.D.: 18 thesis credits

College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
Graduate Program in Marine Sciences and Limnology