Minimum Requirements for Degree: 30 credits
The M.M.S. degree offers a broad degree program, which can include topics such as marine ecology, organismal biology, ecosystem processes, and oceanography. Students will select courses offered by the graduate program in marine sciences and limnology and a variety of electives, which can also be from the fisheries program or the statistics or biology and wildlife departments. While the M.M.S. degree is primarily based on a project instead of a research-oriented thesis, M.M.S. graduate students still are afforded excellent opportunities for laboratory and field experiences through the Institute of Marine Science. Laboratory facilities are available in Fairbanks, the Seward Marine Center, the Juneau Center and at the Kasitsna Bay Laboratory.
Students considering an M.M.S. degree should have a strong background in the various fields of oceanography, ecology, 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. There is no financial support for students in this program.