Degree Programs and Curriculum

Degree Programs and Curriculum

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

M.S. Degree  Ph.D. Degree
M.S. Degree Requirements Ph.D. Degree Requirements


The following concentrations are offered in both degree programs. View curricular requirements using the degree links above. 

Biological Oceanography

Biological Oceanographers seek to understand the life histories and population dynamics of marine organisms and how they interact with their environment over space and time. Learn more about the Biological Oceanography concentration using the links below:

CHEMICAL Oceanography

Ocean chemists improve our understanding of the basic conditions under which ocean life thrives in seawater and help predict the effects of anthropogenic and natural climate change on ocean composition. Learn more about the Chemical Oceanography concentration using the links below:

Geological Oceanography

Geological oceanographers in the College of Marine Science conduct research from the continental margins to the deep-ocean seafloor. Their work extends from modern environments to millions of years present to understand and predict Earth surface and interior processes. Learn more about the Geological Oceanography concentration using the links below:


Hydrographers in the College of Marine Science conduct research related to mapping the seafloor from land to the deep seafloor using acoustics, optics, and other remote sensing tools. Learn more about the Hydrography concentration using the links below:

  • Current Research in Hydrography (Coming Soon)
  • Faculty Directory (Coming Soon)

Marine Resource Assessment

The MRA concentration provides training in the emerging field of ecosystem‐based management to create a new generation of scientists that can effectively address issues concerning the sustainability of the world’s living natural resources. Learn more about the MRA concentration using the links below:

PhySICal Oceanography

Physical oceanography involves the study of water movement in the ocean. Our physical oceanographers also investigate how the Earth’s oceans are directly coupled with the atmosphere, from local weather patterns to the global climate system. Learn more about the Physical Oceanography concentration using the links below: