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Marine Studies PhD, MS

Environmental Studies


Life Sciences

Math & Data Sciences

Physical Sciences


Students in the Marine Biosciences Program are exposed to a broad spectrum of modern approaches to understand the organization and function of biological systems in marine environments. The Marine Biosciences Program is highly integrative and students are exposed to a wide range of subjects in their course work and research projects, from molecular biology and biochemistry to ecology and ecosystem studies. Areas of faculty interest within the program span the ecology, physiology, genetics, and molecular biology of plants, animals and microbes. Faculty research specializations are particularly concentrated in: microbial physiology and molecular ecology; larval ecology and molecular biology; chemical ecology; fisheries ecology; aquacultural genetics and genomics; wetland restoration. In addition to the sophisticated classroom and laboratory facilities available, students enjoy ready access to a variety of marine ecosystems near the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes: dunes, salt marshes, mudflats, estuaries, and the Atlantic Ocean. Field research takes place from the Arctic to the Antarctic, in environments ranging from coral reefs to deep- sea hydrothermal vents, to local salt marshes and coastal waters.

Students in the Physical Ocean Science and Engineering Program apply basic physical principals in their research in coastal physical oceanography, ocean acoustics, nearshore processes, environmental fluid dynamics, estuarine dynamics, and ocean engineering. Two degree plans are offered. The Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Marine Studies are offered through the College Earth, Ocean, & Environment. The Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Ocean Engineering are offered through a cross-disciplinary program operated jointly by the CEOE and the College of Engineering. This multidisciplinary academic program provides students with broad knowledge in physical oceanography as well as opportunities to focus on desired areas of expertise. The program is particularly appropriate for students with physics, mathematics, or engineering backgrounds.

See separate program listings for the MMP Master in Marine Policy and the PhD in Oceanography.

Program Concentrations:

  • Marine Biosciences (MS, PhD)
  • Marine Policy (PhD)
  • Oceanography (MS)
  • Physical Ocean Science and Engineering (MS, PhD)

UD Tuition:

The 2020-2021 UD published graduate student tuition rate per credit hour:

Marine Studies–MS: $1,898.00

Marine Studies–PHD: $1,898.00


Application Deadline:

January-05 Priority consideration for admission and funding
July-01: Final deadline to apply

December-01 Final deadline to apply

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College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

Estella Atekwana, Dean

Mark Moline,
School Director

Katharina Billups,
Graduate Director

Kelli Kerbawy,
Assistant Dean of Graduate Services



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