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USC Catalogue 2023-2024 
USC Catalogue 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Ocean Sciences (MS)

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The program does not accept applicants for a Master of Science degree in ocean sciences. The MS degree is intended only as a transitional degree in the process of completing requirements for the PhD in ocean sciences.

Research Tool Requirements

None required.

Course Requirements

The MS degree in Ocean Sciences requires at least 24 units of course work, including two core courses (OS 512  and 582 ). Four thesis units (OS 594) are also required. At least 16 units of course work must be at the 500-level or higher; no more than six units can be directed research (OS 590 ); a maximum of four units with superior grades in approved course work may be transferred from an accredited graduate school. Students are required to maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 in all graduate work.


Students should arrange for the appointment of a thesis adviser and committee after the first semester, or at the latest, after the first year of graduate work. The thesis committee should consist of the adviser plus two other faculty members, all of whom are generally selected from GPOS faculty. Once the committee is arranged, the student may make formal application to the Graduate School for the MS degree.

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