The cornerstone of education at Moss Landing Marine Labs is the Masters program in Marine Science. The degree requires interdisciplinary course work and a thesis based on independent research. Prospective students in Physical Oceanography should contact Professor Tom Connolly to discuss research interests before applying.

Professor Tom Connolly – site and contact info

MLML Graduate Program



To graduate, students submit a final thesis for approval and present their thesis in a public seminar. An approved thesis proposal is required as an intermediate step. Past M.S. theses illustrate the depth of student research and broad range of possible topics.

Past M.S. theses in Physical Oceanography


First year Physical Oceanography students typically take MS 142: Physical Oceanography and MS 263: Data Analysis, as well as two core courses in other disciplines of marine science. Second year students take more specialized courses geared towards their thesis research.

MLML Course List

Further information

The MLML graduate program page, and the graduate program handbook, provide details on expectations for course work and research.

MLML Degree Requirements

MLML Graduate Program Handbook (pdf)