Our Admissions Committee uses a holistic approach in evaluating each application.

Admissions Requirements

The Marine Biodiversity and Conservation Admissions Committee reviews all applications holistically and considers the following required items:

  • Statement of Purpose: should describe interest in this field, demonstrated commitment to the ocean, and rationale for applying to the program. Please explain why you are applying to the MAS MBC Program and what you hope to achieve with this degree. 
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a preferred minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Resume/CV
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • College Transcripts
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): for international applicants only, minimum score is 85 (iBT) or 550 (PBT), or 7 IELTS
  • The GRE is not required. You may submit GRE/GMAT results if you feel they will greatly strengthen your application
  • The application asks for preliminary Capstone ideas. Applications do not need to include an endorsement of a Capstone advisor and reaching out to faculty is not expected. 

Application Process

To begin the application, all students must create a UC San Diego account.
Under "Program Selector", indicate: 
Degree Type: Master of Advanced Studies
Program Interest: Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (SI83)
Term: Summer 2021

The application for the 2020-2021 cohort is now closed. We will begin accepting applications for the 2021-2022 cohort in September 2020.

The application includes an application fee of $120 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and $140 for international applicants that can be paid with a major credit card. Applicants may qualify for a fee waiver upon verification of need-based federal aid, financial hardship, U.S. Military Service, or graduate prep program participation.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact us at:  

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Photo: Erik Jepsen

Application Timeline

Students apply in the Fall for a program start date the following June.

2020-2021 Cohort Dates:
Application Opens - September 9, 2019
Application Deadline - January 13, 2020
Decisions Released - Mid-February-March, 2020
Program Dates - June 2020-June 2021


Photo: Samantha Murray