SoMAS offers M.S. and PhD. Degrees in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, with concentrations in either Marine or Atmospheric Sciences, and an M.A. in Marine Conservation and Policy. There are usually between 110 and 125 students enrolled in SoMAS graduate programs at any time. Students in the M.S. and Ph.D. programs are generally supported byteaching or research assistantship and receive full tuition scholarships. Students in the M.A. program generally are responsible for covering their own education costs.
The M.S. program prepares students to either continue on in a Ph.D. program or directly enter careers in environmental management and protection, or technical research positions in university, government or private sector laboratories where hands on project experience is desirable. A research thesis is required. The M.A. program prepares students for positions in environmental management or not for profit conservation organizations where communicating science to the general public is required, but actual research experience is not necessary. The M.A. will also provide a strong science based foundation for students wishing to pursue complementary education in fields such as law, business, management, journalism, or teaching. Students complete the M.S. program in an average of 2.5 years. The M.A. program is designed to be completed in twelve months.
The Ph.D. degree prepares students for faculty research and teaching positions, Positions as research scientists at government or private sector laboratories, and management positions at nongovernmental organizations. It is not necessary to have a masters degree to apply to the Ph.D. program.
M.S. and Ph.D. students may choose to specialize in any one of the research topics currently pursued by SoMAS faculty. In addition to formal coursework, students in the M.A. program complete either an internship with a conservation groups or agency, or a capstone project on a topic related to marine conservation and policy. M.A. students may choose to work with a member of the SoMAS faculty on their project. Visit our research and faculty pages to learn about potential areas of specialization.
Currently there are more than 800 SoMAS Graduate School alumni, most of whom hold positions in fields associated with marine and atmospheric sciences all over the world.
For additional information on graduate programs, a student should contact either:
Prof. Anne McElroy, Director of Graduate Programs, SoMAS
(631) 632-8488, e-mail: Anne.McElroy@stonybrook.edu
Prof. Lesley Thorne, Director of the M.A. Program in Marine Conservation and Policy
631-632-5117, e-mail: Lesley.Thorne@Stonybrook.edu, or
Prof Sultan Hameed, Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Atmospheric Sciences
(631) 632-8319, e-mail Sultan.Hameed@stonybrook.edu.
"When I came to the MSRC to study the population biology of fishes, I was impressed by the breadth of topics addressed by the faculty. During the course of my research, I frequently called upon the expertise of geologists, benthic ecologists, and physical oceanographers in planning experiments and interpreting findings. Through this cooperation, I gained a much better understanding of my study organism, and the estuarine environment in which it lives. Working among such a diverse group of scientists was an incredibly challenging experience, and one which has been invaluable to my professional development."
- Tom Hurst. Ph.D. 2000.
Research Scientist, National Marine Fisheries Service