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Prospective Graduate Students

The Department of Marine Sciences offers graduate degree programs at the Ph.D.and M.S. levels. We also offer graduate certificates in a wide range of disciplines, including Water Resources as well as Coastal Engineering, and participate in UGA's Integrated Life Sciences program.

student on boatFinancial support

We support our graduate students for the duration of their studies. In addition, tuition is waived, medical coverage is subsidized, and both Athens and Savannah have low costs of living compared to most university towns.

Program of Study

Detailed information about the program can be found in the Graduate Handbook. Typically it takes 2-3 years to complete the M.S. program and 4-5 years for the Ph.D. program. 

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The application process is described hereEstablishing a connection with a potential advisor is a critical aspect of the admission decision, so students are encouraged to email faculty.

We will hold a recruitment event on late January or early February 2021. For fullest consideration apply by the end of the year. For more information visit the above links or contact the Department of Marine Sciences at (706) 542-7162 (

There will be an invitation-only recruitment event, so interested individuals are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. In order to be considered for an invitation to the recruitment event, applications must be received no later than December 31st. Invited recruits will visit both the Skidaway Institute and Athens campuses. In 2021, the recruitment event will be held online.

Finally, both Athens and Savannah offer many cultural and recreational opportunities, with a thriving music and art scene, and great restaurants (see e.g. the Flagpole Guide to Athens)

Support us

We appreciate your financial support. Your gift is important to us and helps support critical opportunities for students and faculty alike, including lectures, travel support, and any number of educational events that augment the classroom experience. Click here to learn more about giving.

Every dollar given has a direct impact upon our students and faculty.