APPLICATION INFORMATION

For questions regarding Graduate School Applications, please email marinesciences@unc.edu.

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How to Apply

Candidates interested in the Graduate Program in Marine Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill must apply online to the Graduate School of the University of North Carolina.

Prior to proceeding through the sections describing Department of Marine Sciences requirements please read carefully the information available through links below provided by the Graduate School:

Admissions information for Domestic Applicants
Admissions information for International Applicants

Applicants who will not have already earned a Masters Degree in Marine Sciences or a closely related field when they enter the UNC-Chapel Hill Marine Sciences Program may select either Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy.  If you are certain that you want to earn an M.S. Degree as your terminal degree at UNC-Chapel Hill, then you should select Master of Science.  If you plan to ultimately earn a Ph.D. at UNC-Chapel Hill, either by first completing the M.S. program here or by earning an M.S. Bypass, you should select Doctor of Philosophy.  If you are unsure of your final degree at UNC-Chapel Hill, then you should select Doctor of Philosophy.

Applicants who will have already earned a Masters Degree in Marine Sciences or a closely related field when they enter the UNC-Chapel Hill Marine Sciences Program, select Doctor of Philosophy.

As stated on the application instructions on the Graduate School website, one unofficial copy of your transcript(s) must be uploaded in your application. Once you have been admitted to the department and accepted our offer, you will need to send your final, official transcripts to the Graduate School before enrolling in classes.

Mail final transcripts to:

The Graduate School
ATTN: Graduate Admissions Office
200 Bynum Hall, CB# 4010
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-4010

Applicants are required to provide information about their three recommenders, such as their email addresses, via the online Graduate School application for admission. Each recommender will receive an email with a username/password and the link to the recommendation site. Here, along with identifying information, they will type the recommendation letter or attach a .doc or .pdf file.
As stated on the Graduate school website, all international prospective students must also submit a Financial Certificate within their application. Once your application is complete, the Department of Marine Sciences Admissions committee will evaluate it. Evaluation of completed applications will begin in December and continue until we have filled the fall class. We recommend strongly that you submit your application materials by the deadline.  Later applications will be considered on a space available basis. International applicants should apply as early as possible to allow sufficient time to process financial and visa documents.
Please contact marinesciences@unc.edu to schedule a visit to the Marine Sciences Department on UNC Chapel Hill’s campus. To schedule a visit to the Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City, NC, please contact Deanna Napier at mdgood@email.unc.edu or (252) 726-6841.