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Master of Arts in Marine Biology

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 4 semesters
Entry level Bachelor
Cost CA Resident Tuition Fee $12,570 Non-Resident $15,102

The Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at UC Santa Barbara provides broad, interdisciplinary education leading to the Master of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees with an emphasis on ecology and evolution, and marine biology and oceanography. The diversity of research interests, perspectives, and expertise within the Department promotes the development of a broad foundation in ecology, evolution and marine biology, and the appreciation for interdisciplinary approaches to research. It also allows students to develop depth in specific sub-disciplines including population and community ecology, ecosystems ecology, limnology, and biological oceanography, ecological physiology, evolution, population genetics, climate science, and organismal biology. Faculty in the Department apply experimental (both field and laboratory-based) as well as modeling approaches and there are many opportunities for students to get involved in field work, outreach activities, and teaching.

Structural components
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

Application procedure

 Academic Preparation

A bachelor's degree or its equivalent in a Biological Science or a Science Degree with a biological context (with an upper-division grade point average of 3.0 or better). Average applicant GPAs are 3.5 or higher.

 Explore Degree Offerings

Master of Arts (MA), Master of Arts/Doctor of Philosophy (MA/PhD), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

 Review Faculty Profiles and Research

Admission decisions are based on intellectual potential and promise, competitiveness of the academic record and research experience, programmatic fit, and space availability. Applicants to the Department must be accepted by a major professor with whom they wish to work and who has agreed to supervise the student's graduate training and thesis dissertation research. Therefore, applicants should contact individual faculty members in the Program whose research interests align with their own and to list potential advisors on their applications.

Grant opportunities

The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology Faculty aim to fully support their students in good standing for the duration of the students' studies through a combination of the resources.

EEMB Student financial support includes graduate student research, teaching assistantships, fellowships and work study / financial aid.



Scanned official transcripts (watermark or seal) from institutions where you have completed 12 units or more must be uploaded to your application.

 Letters of Recommendations

Three letters of recommendation are required for a completed application.

 Statement of Purpose and Supplemental Documents

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Personal Achievements/Contributions Statement
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)

There is no page length requirement for the three components of the Statement of Purpose.

EEMB will not require GRE scores for 2020-21 applicants. 

ISCED Categories

Conservation and environmental management