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UAF launches new master’s degree in marine studies


Weathered rocks adorn the shore of Kachemak Bay on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, with Augustine Volcano on the horizon.

Photo by Brenda Konar

CONTACT: Lauren Frisch, 907-474-5350lcfrisch@alaska.edu

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has launched a new Master of Arts degree in marine studies to prepare graduates for science-based management jobs.

The program, created by the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, gives students a background in scientific processes without requiring them to complete a research-based thesis. Students can select courses from the college’s oceanography and marine biology programs, and focus in marine ecology, organismal biology, ecosystem processes or oceanography.

The degree program provides students with the scientific background and training to be competitive in securing positions within state, federal and tribal organizations in Alaska and elsewhere.

The marine studies degree is primarily project-oriented, but students will still have access to excellent opportunities to conduct laboratory research and fieldwork within CFOS.

CFOS is now accepting applications for this program. Visit the CFOS website for more information on the program’s requirements.

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS: Brenda Konar, 907-474-5028bhkonar@alaska.edu

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