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MAS MBC graduates become part of a tight-knit alumni network of successful and supportive ocean leaders.


2023-2024 MBC Cohort

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2024 CA Sea Grant Fellows

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CA Sea Grant Fellows since 2013
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Alaska Sea Grant Fellows since 2022
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Knauss Policy Fellows Since 2006
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Total MAS MBC Graduates
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Our Alumni

Within fifteen months of graduation, 95% of graduates from the 2022 MAS cohort have secured satisfying, challenging positions as directors, managers, scientists, fellows, specialists and more, in the field of conservation. These employment statistics and titles reflect the powerful training, expertise and guidance our students receive while in the MAS MBC Program, as well as the broad professional network our students build while here. Combined with our top-quality reputation, our graduates are marketable and competitive for conservation leadership opportunities around the world.

Upon graduation, our alumni secure meaningful, challenging and satisfying positions across the globe with a wide range of employers. Over 60 percent of our alumni find jobs in California, while the rest are located throughout the U.S. and internationally. Many graduates go on to work for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local, state and federal agencies. Some secure prestigious fellowships with the California Sea Grant or Knauss Marine Policy programs, which offer one-year placements at key California ocean agencies and with federal agencies and legislators in Washington, D.C., respectively. Other alumni go into science communication or education, while some launch innovative businesses or pursue PhD programs.

Graduates of our program join an established and extensive MAS MBC alumni network that stitches together some of the most effective ocean thought leaders of our time. This influential alliance of marine conservation professionals provides a critical venue for mentorship, connection, and shared expertise.

With the knowledge, training and professional network gained during the MAS MBC Program and after, our alumni have everything they need to succeed in finding interdisciplinary, collaborative solutions to our world's most pressing ocean challenges.

See below for a few examples of NGOs, agencies and businesses that employ MAS MBC alumni (current as of March 2023):

Alumni Employment by Region - 2020

Pie chart of alumni employment by sector

Updated as of October 2023. Exact percentages subject to change.

Pie chart of alumni employment by region

Updated as of October 2023. Exact percentages subject to change.

Career Growth

Our alumni promote quickly within the conservation field and with demonstrated success. Within 5 years of graduation, 25% of MBC Alumni have Director, Manager, or other Senior titles. By 10 years after graduation, the number of Senior titles more than doubled. 

Many of our alumni also defy conventional job classification and end up founding their own organizations, non-profits, consulting businesses, or working for themselves as artists, journalists, and more. Over 25% of all MBC Alumni are founders of enterprises or self-employed. 

Most of our alumni end up in the non-profit, government, or business sectors, with 9.8% of MBC Alumni going on to earn a PhD to advance their education and professional goals. 

MAS MBC alumni are effective and recognized leaders who spearhead research, found innovative for-profit companies, lead agencies, create policy, craft effective communication strategies, educate youth and adults, direct NGOs, produce films and impact marine conservation in meaningful and prominent ways. As presidents, directors, scientists, analysts, researchers, specialists, consultants, communicators, biologists, filmmakers and attorneys, our alumni are changing the way the world understands and manages our coastal and ocean resources. 

Alumni Employment by Region - 2020

Pie chart of alumni employment by sector

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All videos made by Hillary Eggers, MBC 2018