Master in Marine Science (MarS)

General

Program Description

The Marine Science (MarS) Program takes advantage of KAUST’s location on the Red Sea, a living laboratory with great potential for exciting science. The program addresses the biology and ecology of the multitude of marine life forms. There is an intentional focus on the local Red Sea system, both as a primary study system and as a system with which general concepts from other marine systems can be compared.
The goal of the Marine Science Program is to develop an integrated understanding of the Red Sea’s ecosystem as well as marine ecosystems in general, including fundamental biology at the molecular and genomic levels, symbiosis with algae and prokaryotes (Bacteria and Archaea), associated communities of fish and corals and the physical and chemical environment that impacts and shapes them. This understanding could have an impact on global carbon cycling, endangered species and how we manage the harvesting of resources from the Oceans.

Growth and death in bacterial communities from KAUST Video on Vimeo.

Master's Degree

The Master’s Degree (M.S.) is awarded upon successful completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours. A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be achieved to graduate. Individual courses require a minimum of a B- for course credit. Students are expected to complete the M.S. degree in three semesters and one summer session.

Course requirements

  • Mandatory Courses (6 credits)
  • Core Courses (3 credits)
  • Elective Courses and additional Core Courses by approval
  • Research/Capstone Experience (12 - 24 credits dependent on additional courses are taken)
  • Winter Enrichment Program (completed)

M.S. thesis option and M.S. Non-thesis option for graduation.

Ph.D. positions and visiting student opportunities available here.

Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

Established in 2009, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a graduate-level research university located on the shores of the Red Sea. Ranked 1st in the world for citations per ... Read More

Established in 2009, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a graduate-level research university located on the shores of the Red Sea. Ranked 1st in the world for citations per faculty for past 3 consecutive years running (Qs world university rankings), we’re dedicated to advancing science and technology through interdisciplinary research, education, and innovation. Read less