How to Apply
Applicants must meet general graduate admission requirements in addition to the following program-specific requirements:
Test Scores: GRE
Letters of Recommendation: 2
Other: Faculty advisor commitment, 3.0 undergraduate GPA
Deadlines & Cost
Deadlines: January 15 for fall, October 15 for spring
Application Fee: The nonrefundable application fee is $75. UMass Boston alumni and current students that plan to complete degree requirements prior to graduate enrollment can submit the application without paying the application fee.
Program Cost Information: Bursar's website
Core Courses (9 to 10 Credits)
Complete three from below.
- ENVSCI 630 - Biological Oceanography 3 Credit(s)
- ENVSCI 640 - The Chemistry of Natural Waters 3 Credit(s)
- ENVSCI 641 - The Geochemistry of a Habitable Planet 3 Credit(s)
- and ENVSCI 642 - Laboratory for the Geochemistry of a Habitable Planet 1 Credit(s)
- ENVSCI 650 - Physical Oceanography 3 Credit(s)
School for the Environment Seminar (2 Credits)
All MS students must attend seminar each week throughout their enrollment in the program but will receive no more than 2 credits for seminar.
- ENVSCI 791 - Seminar in Environmental Sciences 1 Credit(s)
Complete 30 credits from at least ten courses including three core courses, one School for the Environment seminar, one thesis course, and 12 to 13 credits of electives.
Capstone: Complete a master’s thesis.
Students may apply for transfer to the Marine Science and Technology (PhD) program upon completion of core course requirements.
Minimum grade: No courses with grade below B can be applied to the program. Students who earn B- in two courses will be considered no longer in good standing and may be dismissed from the program. Students who receive a grade below C in any graduate course will be dismissed from the program.
Grading basis: Courses must be taken graded unless the course is only offered on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
GPA: A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required from all courses applied toward the program.
Residency: Graduate course credits earned at another institution, as a non-degree student, or in another department may only be applied to the program with approval from the dissertation committee and graduate program director.
Course level: No more than one course taken at UMass Boston at the 300/400-level may be applied toward the program with approval of the thesis/project advisor and graduate program director.
Statute of limitations: Six years.
Graduate Program Director:
georgia.mavrommati [at] umb.edu