Dive Deep into Your Research Interests

You’re ready to take your interest in marine environments to the next level. Nova Southeastern University’s Ph.D. in Marine Biology/Oceanography prepares you for further research on a selected topic of importance in the ocean sciences. You can focus on marine biology or physical oceanography, aligning your interests to your personal and career goals. 

NSU has an entire campus and marina devoted to the marine studies—the NSU Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center is one of the largest facilities in the U.S. dedicated to research and the conservation of marine life. The campus is also home to a library with more than 17,000 print volumes. There’s also an online collection that currently contains more than 3,600 e-journal subscriptions to marine/ocean specific titles, as well as access to academic ebooks and research databases to help you achieve your goals. 

NSU is also home to several institutes including the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program, Guy Harvey Research Institute, Marine Environmental Education Center, and the National Coral Reef Institute. As a graduate student, you’ll have access to expert faculty and leading researchers studying everything from shark movement patterns to coral reef conservation. Upon completion of this program, you’ll be prepared for careers in academia, industry, and government.

Quick Facts

Curriculum

NSU’s Ph.D. in Oceanography/Marine Biology requires a minimum of 90 credits beyond the baccalaureate. At least 42 credits must consist of upper-level course work. 

Start Dates

Admissions is on a “rolling” basis with program start dates offered in August (Fall term), May (Summer term) and January (Winter term).

Delivery Options

Classes for the Ph.D. in Oceanography/Marine Biology are offered at NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus, NSU’s Oceanographic Campus, and online.

Tuition

Tuition for this degree program is $13,479 per term. Additional graduate program fees apply.

Application Deadline

Summer 2021: April 15, Fall 2021: July 17, Winter 2022: November 15

Career Outcomes

Geoscientists

$93,580 Median Salary Per Year

Environmental Scientists and Specialists

$73,230 Median Salary Per Year

Hydrologists

$84,040 Median Salary Per Year

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Learning Outcomes

A successful recipient of the Ph.D. in Oceanography/Marine Biology is expected to: 

  • Understand basic marine biological, chemical, geological, and physical processes to a level sufficient to communicate and collaborate with experts in those sub-disciplines; and to be able to apply this knowledge to issues in research and resource management
  • Apply the scientific method to define, investigate, and evaluate hypotheses in at least one of these sub-disciplines
  • Conduct (as guided by, and to the satisfaction of, the doctoral committee and HCAS faculty) advanced, original, and independent research that adds to the body of oceanographic knowledge in one or more of the sub-discipline areas
  • Communicate scientific results and conclusions clearly and logically in a written dissertation and in scientific presentations and publications

Program Director and Admissions Staff

Bernhard Riegl, Ph.D.

Department Chair & Professor
Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences
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Emma Brennan

Administrative Coordinator
Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences
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Tracy Villaneuva

Assistant Director & Academic Advisor
Halmos Graduate Admissions
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