Applying to any graduate program necessitates an investment of time. A student should consider the overall strength of an institution, the institution's specific areas of expertise, potential faculty advisors, financial costs, and funding opportunities, among other factors, before applying. Prospective students often have a research concept they would like to pursue before applying to a graduate program. This concept, or a more general area of interest, should guide the student to a program that can meet his or her needs.
The decision to attend graduate school can be a pivotal one, represents a substantial commitment of time and effort, and as such should be contemplated seriously before an application is submitted. Please allow yourself adequate time to research our program so you are confident in your decision to apply to MLML.
The MLML M.S. Program:
The graduate program at Moss Landing Marine Labs leads to a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Marine Science, and is administered by MLML and seven CSU consortium campuses: CSU East Bay, CSU Fresno, CSU Monterey Bay, CSU Stanislaus, Sacramento State, San Francisco State, and San Jose State. MLML provides and administers the educational and research support that is the interdisciplinary marine science program, and the CSU consortium campuses host the program and award the degree. All courses are taught at the main facility in Moss Landing. Each prospective student must select an affiliated CSU to serve as his or her home campus. MLML program requirements are the same regardless of the student's home campus; admission deadlines, graduation deadlines, and department procedures, however, may vary by campus. Prospective students should contact the MLML Graduate Coordinator for information on how these policies differ within the CSU consortium campuses.
The field of marine science is highly competitive, as is acceptance into the MLML M.S. program. Students accepted into the program typically have a well-rounded background in science, mathematics, and research. MLML has no GPA or GRE minimums, but admitted students generally have a GPA of 3.2 or greater and GRE scores in the upper 30th percentile. Students who studied marine science or a related field as undergraduates are preferred, but such a background is not required. Applicants should email a potential MLML faculty advisor(s) to discuss whether additional courses are required for admittance. Newly admitted students must meet the entrance requirements of the CSU consortium campus and MLML.
At this time, MLML does not offer organized informational meetings or facilities tours for prospective students. Students should contact a member of the MLML faculty directly to schedule an individual tour of the lab and to discuss the graduate program.