Marine Biology Degree Options

Marine Biology Degree Options

Degree Options

M.S. Degree Requirements

Masters students plan a program of study (minimum 30 credits) in conjunction with a three-member faculty advisory committee. Coursework will include taking at least 3 of the following 5 core courses: marine ecology, oceanography, environmental physiology, biological oceanography and marine biology research methods (proposed new course), as well as electives in an area related to the thesis. All graduates students will also be required to take at least one graduate level seminar every other year. While teaching experience will not be required, all graduate students will be encouraged to serve as a teaching assistant during at least one of the semesters during which they are at UNH. Students must also complete a thesis of 6 to 10 credits (which are included as part of the 30 credit requirement) that is acceptable to the thesis-examining committee.  All candidates must pass a thesis defense, which will include questions covering general knowledge of marine biology in addition to specific questions relevant to the student’s research. It is expected that students with a BS will successfully complete an MS in 2 years.

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Students plan a program of study in conjunction with a five-member faculty doctoral dissertation committee. While there are not credit hour requirements for a PhD, it is expected that students will complete all courses recommended by the committee. However, like MS students, PhD students will be required to participate in graduate seminars and encouraged to acquire some teaching experience. Basic knowledge in the field of marine biology will be assessed during written and oral comprehensive examinations that typically takes place during the second year. A student will also be required to complete a dissertation proposal that outlines the major objectives of the dissertation research. Students must complete a dissertation, present their results at a public seminar, and pass an oral defense of the dissertation, which will be conducted by the advisory/thesis committee. Typically, students with a BS complete a PhD in 4 years and students with an MS, in 3 years.

Degrees are administered through the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture's Biological Sciences Graduate Program