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Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences (Combined BS/MS)

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Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences (Combined BS/MS)

This is a combined five-year BS/MS program where students will be engaged in both class work and research, culminating in the development and completion of the Master’s Thesis. Students completing this program will be well prepared to enter the workforce in research, environmental consulting, education and regulatory agencies (e.g., EPA), as well as in non-profit organizations. Additionally, students will be prepared to undertake further graduate work. Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences represents the wide variety of ecosystems that are linked through water. Study in this field encompasses freshwater lakes and streams, estuaries and coastal marine habitats that are critical for numerous plants and animals, but can be compromised by human activities. Students who pursue this major are interested in understanding the relationships among plants, animals and humans while learning how to protect and restore these necessary ecosystems. The interdisciplinary Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences programs emphasize the four core sciences: biology, geology, chemistry and physics.

Application Requirements

If you are a prospective Freshman or Transfer applicant, learn more about admission criteria here.

Students with a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admission
  • Students will be sent an expedited application from The Graduate School to complete
Students with a GPA below 3.0
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admission
  • Transcript: MSU transcript will be uploaded by The Graduate School
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two (2) letters of recommendation, from persons qualified to evaluate the applicant’s promise of academic achievement and potential for professional growth.
  • Resume: A current resume is not required, but applicants are encouraged to include one.
  • Statement of Purpose – Please write an integrated essay providing a response to each of the following questions:
    • What are your goals for graduate study and your future career?
    • In what ways do your academic background and your professional experiences provide evidence of your potential for success in the program you selected and in your eventual career? Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
    • Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?

Contact

If you have inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact:

Program Coordinator:  Dr. Paul Bologna
Location: Science Hall
Telephone: 973‑655‑4112
Email: bolognap@montclair.edu

*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*

If you have questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:

Incoming Freshmen and Transfers:

Undergraduate Admissions
Email: msuadm@montclair.edu
Telephone: (973) 655-4444
Fax: (973) 655-7700

Current Montclair State Undergraduates:

The Graduate School
Email: gradschool@montclair.edu
Telephone: (973) 655-5147
Fax: (973) 655-7869