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Admissions Requirements


Review all sections below to ensure that minimum requirements are met when you apply for admission.

  • Faculty Sponsor

    It is in your best interest to contact potential sponsors about their research programs well before the application deadline to discuss research intents and goals, and to ask if they can provide research space and mentoring during your graduate study.

    Identification of a sponsor is not required before you apply. All applications will be available for Marine Biology faculty to review before final selections are made. However, contacting potential sponsors before-hand is strongly encouraged.

  • Recommended Courses

    Students admitted into the MBGP are expected to have strong undergraduate or MS training in biological oceanography, environmental science, marine science, marine biology, zoology, microbiology, botany, biology, or other life sciences.

    In addition, applicants are expected to have strong undergraduate background in math, chemistry and/or physics.

    Students are strongly encouraged to academically prepare before applying to the program. The time required to take courses in order for the student to have the necessary knowledge after enrollment will hinder the student's graduate progress in the program.

    Suggested course preparation may include:

    • Calculus*
    • Physics
    • General Chemistry
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    • Biochemistry or Molecular Biology
    • Biology

    *Calculus is required for ZOOL 631 (Biometry) and OCN 682 (Programming and Statistics in R). Because Biometry or Statistics is required of both the MS and PhD (w/o prior MS) degrees, Calculus is a highly recommended course.

  • GRE General Test

    GRE General Test score is a required component of your application.

    The average percentile scores of an admitted student in the Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing are 71, 60, 60 respectively.

    Send test scores to:
    Marine Biology Graduate Program
    2525 Correa Rd., HIG 132
    Honolulu, HI 96822

  • GPA

    The average GPA of admitted students is 3.47

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