The Marine and Estuarine Science Program is a specialization of existing graduate programs in the Biology Department and the Department of Environmental Sciences. Students participating in MESP must apply and be admitted through one of these departments. The application process allows students to be considered by either or both academic units with the choice of advisers reflecting the student's primary research interests. The advisers' departmental affiliation determines the department(s) to which the applicant must apply.
For an application to be complete, the following must be on file in the Graduate School:
- All references
- Two official transcripts
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores
- A statement of purpose
Students in both environmental science and biology programs can work with faculty and staff at the Shannon Point Marine Center to complete their thesis research. However, the thesis committee chair must be from the academic unit through which the student is admitted and the degree will be granted by the Graduate School through the academic unit in which the student is matriculated.
Application and program requirements
|Requirements||Department of Biology||Department of Environmental Sciences|
|Application Dates||Master's candidates matriculated through the Biology Department (M.S. in biology) are admitted fall only; spring quarter by petition. The deadline for priority consideration is February 1.||Master's candidates matriculated through Environmental Sciences (M.S. in environmental science) are admitted fall quarter only. For priority consideration, completed applications should be received by February 1.|
|Prerequisite||BS/BA and departmental permission. Upper-division courses:
||BS/BA and college-level coursework including:
|Graduate Record Exam||General Test||General Test|
|Program||45 credits minimum including:
||45 credits minimum including:
Students interested in MESP must apply for admission to a Western Washington University academic unit. If you are intending to apply to Environmental Sciences and Biology, please contact the WWU Graduate School office prior to submitting the second application and you will be provided with an application fee waiver code you can use to avoid paying multiple application fees. You need submit only one set of transcripts and GRE scores. Each department will make an independent decision resulting in two separate notification letters. You may only accept admission to one program. If you are accepted to both programs, you will choose the one through which you wish to matriculate.
If you intend to apply to both MESPES and MESPBIO, please contact the Graduate School office prior to submitting the second application and you will be provided with an application fee waiver code that you may use in order to avoid paying multiple application fees.
Applicants to the Marine and Estuarine Science Program are strongly advised to contact potential advisors before submitting an application. This will help you identify the appropriate academic unit and could increase your chances of acceptance.