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MS in Marine Biology

    The MS in Marine Biology is intended for students eager to either broaden their knowledge of marine biology or refine their interests. The program is in an intense, 16-month experience that will prepare students to pursue this career path at the highest levels. The MS in Marine Biology is intended for students who want to develop skills critical to performing marine biology research or to pursue a PhD in the discipline.

    This program is unique. No other graduate marine biology program offers the opportunity to be immersed in three different ecosystems, explore the field of marine biology in greater depth, or enroll in a greater variety of marine biology courses. Recent graduates lacking the field or research experience needed to gain admission to fellowship-based graduate programs have successfully used the MS in Marine Biology program as a springboard into the most competitive PhD programs in the nation.

    How does Northeastern’s MS in Marine Biology program differ from more traditional MS programs?

    Northeastern University prides itself on being a leader in experiential education and the composition of the MS Marine Biology program is a great example of this educational philosophy in action. Here are a few ways that the MS Marine Biology stands out:

    Female student using a pipette in a lab.1) Fixed-length. Students complete the MS in Marine Biology program in 15-months. Unlike other MS programs, students are not enrolled for an indeterminate length of time. Despite popular belief that Master’s programs are completed in 2 years, the typical field-based Marine Biology Masters program takes 3-4 years to complete.

    2) Connections. Students work side by side with program faculty sometimes directly assisting in ongoing research. For those interested in pursuing a PhD, many of the faculty you will be studying with are also advisors at the Marine Science Center. Additionally, the small program size affords the opportunity to make lasting connections with fellow students. With 33 years of alumni working across the globe in various capacities, the Three Seas program name is recognized throughout the industry. Attend a conference with a marine science focus and you will likely meet a few former Three Seas participants.

    3) Internship & Research Project. Our students conduct a 6-month research project during the internship portion of the program. Despite this relatively short length of time, our inquiry-based curriculum allows students to subsequently engage in a meaningful research experience comparable to the traditional Masters’ thesis. More than a dozen papers in peer-reviewed journals authored or co-authored by our students in the past 8 years are a testament to the effectiveness of the research project component of our degree program.

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