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Marine Science, Ph.D.

College of Arts and Sciences

Deepen your knowledge base of marine science in a research-intensive program that prepares you to lead scientific inquiry in a university, government or corporate research setting.

Join a department well-grounded in research. Ph.D. students receive substantial financial support, including a tuition waiver and health insurance coverage, ensuring that you can focus wholeheartedly on your scholarly pursuits. USC fosters a vibrant academic community where students play an active role in shaping their research endeavors.

Program Highlights

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    Multidisciplinary Program

    Receive a thorough education in marine science with insights from fields including engineering, chemistry, biology, policy and statistics.

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    Research Oriented Graduate Program

    Conduct hands-on scientific research in our specialized laboratories, such as an on-site wet lab with flowing seawater.

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    Baruch Marine Field Lab

    Participate in experiential learning and field research opportunities with access to our state's estuaries and coast.

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    Student-driven Research

    Join a strong graduate student association and a committee to guide research efforts.

What You’ll Study

Ph.D. candidates design and execute a research project to make novel contributions to their field. They take courses covering advanced biological, chemical, geological oceanography and physical oceanography. Satellite oceanography is available, too. Graduates are positioned for higher-level research and academic careers.

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Environmental Consultant
  • University Professor
  • Marine Biologist
  • Research Scientist

Workplace Settings

  • Academia
  • Government
  • Sciences

USC has enabled me to focus heavily on my research, with most program components specifically tailored toward allowing me to be as productive as I can be. Thanks to my research here, I’ve been able to forge international collaborations.

Paul Ernst
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