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. Our students enjoy unparalleled access to world-class academic scientists, economists and policy experts, while NOAA fisheries scientists and the Birch Aquarium are both just a stone's throw away from campus. Our program is 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. To maximize professional networking opportunities, one-on-one mentoring, discussion-based learning and a connected cohort, we cap our enrollment to 25 or fewer students per year. Taken together, the MAS MBC Program offers infinite opportunities to learn, network and discover in an interactive and intimate classroom setting. 

We find extraordinary value in differences of culture, circumstance, lived experience and worldview and see varied backgrounds as experiential assets that strengthen the MAS MBC Program. We know that state, national, and global ocean policies have more equitable impacts when individuals from historically marginalized and underserved communities are in leadership roles. Toward that end, the MAS MBC Program is committed to leveraging our spheres of influence to help counteract historic legacies of exclusion and make tangible gains towards equality and justice in the ocean conservation movement. For these reasons, we recruit, admit, and welcome students from broad and diverse backgrounds.  

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