Marine and Estuarine Science (MESP) Environmental Science

Program Description

The purpose of the Marine and Estuarine Science program (MESP) is to provide a coherent program of study in coastal marine and estuarine sciences at the M.S. level. This program focuses resources of existing Master's programs in Huxley College and the Department of Biology. It is a research-oriented program in the marine and estuarine sciences. Human impact on coastal marine and estuarine systems cannot be properly evaluated without a scientific understanding of their fundamental physical, chemical, and biological processes.


Students on a boat in the water.

The goal of the MESP is to produce specialists qualified to study fundamental features of these systems and the relationship between natural processes and perturbations from human activity. Graduates will be qualified for entry-level positions in the profession and will be competitive in pursuit of the doctorate.


Application Requirements

All applicants must complete the Graduate School's ApplyWeb application. Within the application you will be prompted to upload an unofficial transcript from each institution attended.

The Graduate School Application Fee is $100, paid at the time of application submission.

Additional application materials are specified below. Applications will not be forwarded to the department for review until all required materials have been received by the Graduate School.

International Applicants: Please visit the International Student page for information regarding Degree Equivalency, English Language Proficiency and student VISA requirements.

The Marine and Estuarine Science Program (MESP) is a specialization within the Environmental Science and Biology programs, and it is jointly offered by the Dept of Biology, Huxley College, and Shannon Point Marine Center. Please see the MESP program website for differences in program requirements for MESP specialization in Biology versus Environmental Science.

Biology applicants not pursuing MESP-related specializations, please see the Biology listing.

Additional Application Requirements

Application Deadline

  • Fall: February 1