Our program welcomes students into an extraordinary community of world-class researchers and leading ocean experts, strategically located in a coastal environment. 


The Master of Advanced Studies Program in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (MAS MBC Program) is centrally located on the campus of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Overlooking the Ellen Browning Memorial Scripps Pier, the Pacific Ocean and multiple state marine protected areas, the MAS MBC Program is uniquely situated to inspire and educate students.

Originally developed by the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation in 2004, our program provides an interdisciplinary education of the highest quality. To support one-on-one mentoring, discussion-based learning and a connected cohort, we cap our enrollment to 25 or fewer students per year. We know that the diversity of personal experiences, values and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance strengthen the MAS MBC Program. For this reason, we recruit and admit students from broad and diverse cultural, racial, geographic and professional backgrounds.

Our students enjoy access to world-class researchers, NOAA fisheries scientists and the Birch Aquarium, all of which are only a stone’s throw away from campus. Our program is also well connected to valuable off-campus NGO, agency, tribal, and community partners who are at the forefront of key marine conservation issues in California, the U.S. and globally.

Taken together, the MAS MBC Program offers infinite opportunities to learn, network and discover in an intimate and interactive classroom setting.

Students carrying surfboards to the beach.

Photo: Erik Jepsen