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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 by teaching 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.

SoMAS also offers or is affiliated with several Graduate Certificate Programs.


For additional information on graduate programs, a student should contact either:

Prof. David Black, Director of Graduate Programs, SoMAS
(631) 632-8676, e-mail: david.black@stonybrook.edu

Prof. Glenn Lopez, Director of the M.A. Program in Marine Conservation and Policy
631-632-8660, e-mail: Glenn.Lopez@stonybrook.edu, or

Prof. Sultan Hameed, Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Atmospheric Sciences
(631) 632-8319, e-mail: Sultan.Hameed@stonybrook.edu.


 

 

The articles below highlight our graduate students.

 

Seasons Greetings!

Welcome!Welcome to SoMAS! Many opportunities await you here. 2017 will be an exciting year to enter a career in marine and atmospheric sciences. Read More

North Atlantic Tuna Less Toxic, SoMAS Study Finds

From "North Atlantic Tuna Less Toxic, Study Finds" on SBU Happenings, 2016-12-07 In a piece of welcome news for seafood lovers, a Stony Brook-led research team has found declining levels of mercury in bluefin tuna caught in the North Atlantic over the past...

SoMAS Graduate Student Helps Develop Tool to Constrain Silicon Cycle

Our understanding of the global silicon (Si) cycle has changed progressively over the past several decades. In the late 1970’s, the silica (SiO2) produced by weathering on the continents and delivered in dissolved form from the world’s rivers to the ocean was thought...

Vax to Flax 2016

The 2016 Vax to Flax Run was held on Saturday April 30th on a beautiful sunny day. The race course followed the Vax-to-Vax format (seen on the right) where the race starts at SoMAS and travels clockwise around Circle Drive to return back to SoMAS. Seven faculty and post docs raced against eleven students. As has been the recent tradition, the faculty times overall beat the student times.

SoMAS Student selected as Turner Fellow

M.S. and Ph.D. candidate Sara Cernadas-Martin, a student in the lab of Dr. Ellen Pikitch, has been selected to receive a Dr. W. Burghardt Turner Fellowship! This award recognizes the academic and research achievements of underrepresented PhD students not previously...

Liblit Award Winners 2015

The winners of the 2015 Evan R. Liblit Memorial Scholarships have been announced!  Ryan Wallace of SoMAS has won the Liblit Graduate Scholarship.  Emily Markowitz has won the Liblit Undergraduate Scholarship.  The winners were selected on the basis of their...

New Student BBQ 2015

September 11, 2015 Photos by Gina Gartin Many thanks to the organizers of the event, the volunteers and the perfect...

SoMAS research addresses “Sharknado Studies”

The third "Sharknado" film premiers tonight on the SyFy channel, and early reviews suggest a similar level of insanity as has been present in the past two films.  While the film suspends belief in as many scenes as possible, there is some accuracy in the science....

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