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2024-2025 Florida Tech Catalog 
2024-2025 Florida Tech Catalog

Marine Biology, M.S.

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Major Code: 8283 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Admission Status: Graduate
Admission Materials: Letters of recommendation, résumé/CV, objectives, transcripts Location(s): Main campus - Melbourne

The Master of Science in Marine Biology prepares the student either for a professional career or for further graduate study. This goal is achieved through a balance of coursework and research activities.

Admission Requirements

General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented under Graduate Academic Information . For this program, two letters of recommendation, a statement of objectives and a résumé/CV are required. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact faculty in the department to identify a prospective advisor. 

Degree Requirements

The master of science degree requires the successful completion of 30 credit hours, including formal coursework, presentation of a graduate thesis seminar, and preparation and oral defense of a thesis. The thesis involves the completion of original research of publishable quality.

The student’s thesis research and program of study reflect the emphasis of the option. All thesis research is conducted under the direction of an advisor and an advisory committee. The advisory committee is composed of at least three members: two from the department (including the advisor) and one from another academic unit.


The advisor assists the student in devising a program of study. The latter requires approval by the Graduate Academic Steering Panel and the department head. The student must complete courses appropriate for the option. These can be chosen from the offerings of any academic unit in the College of Engineering and Science and the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts. Students may register for no more than 3 credit hours of thesis each semester. Each student must present a departmental thesis seminar before graduation.

Summary of Program Requirements

  • Formal coursework: 18-24 credit hours
  • Biological research: 0-6 credit hours
  • Thesis: 6 credit hours

Total Credits Required: 30

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