Fisheries & Mariculture, M.S.

College of Science & Engineering

College of Science & Engineering

Fisheries & Mariculture, M.S.

The Fisheries and Mariculture Program offers an M.S. degree with a choice of emphasis in either fisheries or marine aquaculture. Our students enjoy a low student-faculty ratio and opportunities to study the biology of ecologically and commercially important Gulf of Mexico species as well as economically important cultured marine species. Nearly all students receive financial support from assistantships, fellowships, or scholarships awarded by the university and by private and public agencies. 

Faculty members supervise student research on topics ranging from fisheries ecology to habitat restoration and aquatic animal nutrition. In addition to university facilities, students can also conduct research at partner institutions including the Texas AgriLife Mariculture laboratories and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Marine Development Center fish hatchery. Our students learn the skills necessary for positions in both the public and private sectors of the fisheries and mariculture industries, including field sampling, statistical analyses, molecular techniques and GIS.

Domestic Students:

*Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall           Spring       Summer I  Summer II 
February 1 August 1 February 1 Not Offered

Final deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall            Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
May 15 October 15 March 1 Not Offered

International Students:

Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall             Spring      Summer I  Summer II 
February 1 June 1 February 1 Not Offered

Final deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall                   Spring Summer I        Summer II     
April 15 September 15 February 1 Not Offered

*Complete application should be received for full admissions and funding consideration 

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.

Requirements:

Application requirements specific to this program :

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or University attended (Foreign College credits/transcripts require an official foreign evaluation. Please click here).  TAMU-CC transcript is not required.
  • Official GRE scores (Within five years of the date of application)
  • Essay (Approximately 300-400 words in length which includes educational and career goals)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS Scores are required for International applicants from countries where English is not the native language.(Within two years of the date of application)

*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

Submit all supporting documents online.

Additional International Applicant Requirements

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5

The MS in Fisheries and Mariculture requires 36 semester hours of coursework. A student may request approval for transfer of a maximum of nine (9) semester credit hours of graduate courses from other colleges to a MS in Fisheries and Mariculture degree plan. Thesis students may change from Thesis to Professional option at any time with the approval of their graduate advisor. Specific option/degree requirements must be met.

Mariculture Core Courses (9 sem. hrs.)

The following courses are required for all students taking Mariculture options.

  • FAMA 5312 - Mariculture Techniques 3 sem. hrs.
  • FAMA 5370 - Mariculture 3 sem. hrs.
  • MATH 6315 - Statistical Methods in Research I 3 sem. hrs.

Fisheries Core Courses (9 sem. hrs.)

The following courses are required for all students taking Fisheries options.

  • FAMA 5328 - Fisheries Ecology and Management 3 sem. hrs.
  • FAMA 5329 - Fisheries Techniques 3 sem. hrs.
  • MATH 6315 - Statistical Methods in Research I 3 sem. hrs.

 

1. Professional Option

The Professional track Master’s Degree is designed to provide a broad understanding of fisheries or mariculture and is focused upon practical, hands-on experience in fisheries or mariculture techniques.  The ultimate goal of this option is to provide students with the skills and techniques needed to improve their opportunity for employment within the industry. Students are required to undertake an extensive internship program with an approved agency, institution or commercial operation. The Professional track is substantially different from that of the Thesis option in that: 1) Professional track students will not need to form a graduate advisory committee upon acceptance to the Program. Instead, students will be supervised by a designated FAMA advisor (member of the faculty) and a qualified member of the organization providing the internship. 2) Professional track students will enter into an internship agreement with the sponsor to maintain a jointly-determined training schedule with specific objectives.  These objectives will be in-line with hiring guidelines for the sponsoring entity and will be conducted as part of FAMA 5998 - Internship. 3) Upon completion of the internship, professional track students will be required to write a professional paper discussing a particular aspect of their training. This document should be designed for publication in a trade journal, agency bulletin, or similar publication. The topic and format of the document will be approved by the faculty advisor and agent of the sponsor. 4) Professional track students will not be required to present a public graduate defense seminar at the conclusion of their program.

To graduate under the Professional track degree plan, a student must complete a minimum of 36 graduate semester credit hours. Students must take  FAMA 5370 - Mariculture or FAMA 5328 - Fisheries Ecology and Management^, depending on the track,  MATH 6315 - Statistical Methods in Research I, and  FAMA 5397 - Professional Paper Submission. Depending on the student’s focus in fisheries or mariculture, either  FAMA 5312 - Mariculture Techniques or  FAMA 5329 - Fisheries Techniques is also required. The residual hours needed to complete the degree plan will be achieved via FAMA 5998 - Internship, which may range from 12-18 hrs, and other graded elective coursework.  FAMA 5397 - Professional Paper Submission should be taken in the last semester of the student’s academic tenure.

Success in completion of the FAMA Professional track option will be determined by the following factors: 1) satisfactory completion of the internship in a timely manner; 2) assessment by the sponsor and faculty advisor; 3) quality of the professional paper; and 4) successful completion of the comprehensive oral examination. Satisfactory completion of the internship will be determined jointly by the sponsor and academic advisor. Assessment will typically be in the form of a professional interview.

Mariculture Professional Option Degree Plan

To graduate under the Mariculture Professional Option degree plan, a student must complete:

  • Mariculture Core: 9 sem. hrs.
  • FAMA 5315 - Diseases and Parasites of Aquatic Organisms 3 sem. hrs.
  • FAMA 5397 - Professional Paper Submission 3 sem. hrs.
  • FAMA 5421 - Chemistry of Natural Waters 4 sem. hrs.
  • FAMA 5998 - Internship 1-9 sem. hrs. (maximum of 18 sem. hrs.)
  • Elective, specialized, and topical coursework at the discretion of the graduate advisor 2-11 sem. hrs* that will then meet the minimum of at least 36 hours required to graduate with the M.S. degree.”.

*Note:

Elective, specialized or topical coursework must be approved by the student’s Graduate Advisor in order to be counted for credit towards the graduate degree.

Fisheries Professional Option Degree Plan

To graduate under the Fisheries Professional Option degree plan, a student must complete:

  • Fisheries Core: 9 sem. hrs.
  • FAMA 5397 - Professional Paper Submission 3 sem. hrs.
  • FAMA 5998 - Internship 1-9 sem. hrs. (maximum of 18 sem. hrs.)
  • Elective, specialized, and topical coursework at the discretion of the graduate advisor 6-15 sem. hrs* that will then meet the minimum of at least 36 hours required to graduate with the M.S. degree.

*Note:

Elective, specialized or topical coursework must be approved by the student’s Graduate Advisor in order to be counted for credit towards the graduate degree.

 

2. Thesis Option

The thesis option for a Master’s Degree requires a thesis based upon original research conducted during the period that the student is enrolled at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The research must include a review of relevant literature, a description of the results from original research on a topic approved by the committee, statistical analysis as appropriate, and an appropriate discussion of the results. To graduate under the thesis degree plan, a student must complete a minimum of 36 graduate semester credit hours.

Four courses form the required research component of the degree for MS (thesis): FAMA 5392 - Thesis Proposal, FAMA 5393 - Thesis Research, FAMA 5394 - Thesis Submission, and FAMA 5102 - Graduate Defense Seminar. Students must enroll in FAMA 5102 - Graduate Defense Seminar and FAMA 5394 - Thesis Submission during their last semester when the thesis will be completed.

Mariculture Thesis Option Degree Plan


To graduate under the Mariculture Thesis Option degree plan, a student must complete:

  • Mariculture Core: 9 sem. hrs.
  • FAMA 5102 - Graduate Defense Seminar 1 sem. hrs.
  • FAMA 5392 - Thesis Proposal 3 sem. hrs.
  • FAMA 5393 - Thesis Research 3 sem. hrs.
  • FAMA 5394 - Thesis Submission 3 sem. hrs.
  • MATH 6316 - Statistical Methods Research II 3 sem. hrs.
  • OR

  • CMSS 6323 - Experimental Design 3 sem. hrs.
  • Elective, specialized and topical coursework at the discretion of the graduate advisor 14 sem. hrs* that will then meet the minimum of at least 36 hours required to graduate with the M.S. degree.

*Note:

Elective, specialized or topical coursework must be approved by the student’s Graduate Advisor in order to be counted for credit towards the graduate degree. Students may apply 6 hours of FAMA 5940 - Project Research toward their degree with the approval of the committee.

Fisheries Thesis Option Degree Plan

To graduate under the Fisheries Thesis Option degree plan, a student must complete:

  • Fisheries Core: 9 sem. hrs.
  • FAMA 5102 - Graduate Defense Seminar 1 sem. hrs.
  • FAMA 5392 - Thesis Proposal 3 sem. hrs.
  • FAMA 5393 - Thesis Research 3 sem. hrs.
  • FAMA 5394 - Thesis Submission 3 sem. hrs.
  • MATH 6316 - Statistical Methods Research II*^ 3 sem. hrs.
  • OR

  • CMSS 6323 - Experimental Design 3 sem. hrs.
  • Elective, specialized and topical coursework at the discretion of the graduate advisor 14 sem. hrs* that will then meet the minimum of at least 36 hours required to graduate with the M.S. degree.

*Note:

Elective, specialized or topical coursework must be approved by the student’s Graduate Advisor in order to be counted for credit towards the graduate degree.  Students may apply 6 hours of FAMA 5940 - Project Research toward their degree with the approval of the committee.

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Teaching Assistantships, graduate research assistantships, fellowships, or scholarships may be available to graduate students admitted as degree-seeking students who maintain full time graduate student status (9 hours/fall and spring semesters, and 3 hours/summer). The completed Teaching Assistant Application (https://sci.tamucc.edu/student-information/graduate-funding.html) and all other materials requested for evaluation should be submitted to the office indicated on that form. For full consideration, the deadline for submitting applications is February 1 for the following academic year. Faculty members conducting funded research projects often hire qualified graduate students as Research Assistants. Students should contact faculty members in their field of interest for information on these opportunities. Summer funding (3 mos.) is the responsibility of major advisor and/or student, and should be discussed early in the academic year.

Additional Information

  • Persons seeking admission to the program should first contact the program faculty and identify a faculty member, or members, willing to serve as the graduate supervisor, and the applicant must include a summary of their discussions with faculty members in their essay. Applicants will not be admitted to the program without a graduate supervisor. Faculty profiles are found at the program website: http://fama.tamucc.edu/faculty.html.
  • If you would like to learn more about the Fisheries and Mariculture Program, please visit the Program website found at: http://fama.tamucc.edu
  • If you'd like to learn more about the College of Science and Engineering, please visit the College website.

Contact for More Information:

Dr. John Scarpa

6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5800
Office: 361-825-2369
John.Scarpa@tamucc.edu