Degree Programs and Curriculum


Degree Programs and Curriculum


The USF College of Marine Science (CMS) offers Master’s and PhD degrees and is committed to providing one of the highest quality graduate programs in the country. The following concentrations are offered in both degree programs: 

The fundamental concepts of Oceanography have been divided into four groups that, taken together, apply to or cover all of the major processes within the oceans. Not surprisingly, the four groups are aligned with four major academic sciences: physics, chemistry, biology, and geology. The concentration in Marine Resource Assessment focuses on biology and aspects of the other three sciences.

Visit the following links to understand the requirements for each type of degree:

Due to the planned consolidation during the summer of 2020, of the University of South Florida, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, into a single university with a fully aligned and integrated curriculum and a single set of academic policies and procedures, any undergraduate or graduate student who matriculates at one of the three USF institutions on or after May 18, 2020, will adhere to the curricula, policies, and procedures described in the 2020-21 USF undergraduate or graduate catalog, respectively.


CMS currently offers a graduate certificate in Teaching and Communicating Ocean Sciences Broader Impacts. 


CMS does not currently provide tours or admissions guidance for undergraduate Marine Biology programs at USF. For more information about undergraduate Marine Biology at USF, please use the links below.
USF Tampa
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USF St. Petersburg campus
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