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Coastal and Marine System Science Program

Highly interdisciplinary, this degree is designed to serve graduate students with diverse backgrounds in the natural and computational sciences. Ideal candidates will have backgrounds in some combination of biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, oceanography, engineering, and geographic information science. Graduates of the CMSS program will demonstrate proficiency in understanding and applying the concepts and principles of all of the natural sciences as well as a working competence in mathematical modeling and geospatial analysis. As part of their progression through the Coastal and Marine System Science program the students will:

  • acquire the skills required for system science studies applied to coastal and marine topics.
  • perform original and hypothesis-driven quantitative analyses of natural systems.
  • develop statistical, mathematical, and analytical skills to analyze observations, critically evaluate models describing the dynamics of natural systems, and answer environmental “what if” questions by providing comprehensive interpretation.
  • develop the skills necessary to present and publish their work at national and international venues.
  • develop the skills necessary to teach effectively a college level class in the area of Sciences and Engineering.
  • develop a skill set and research record such that they can secure employment in Universities, Federal Agencies, Private Companies or Non Governmental Organizations.

The application deadline is February 1 to be considered for financial aid for fall semester. Admission to this program is limited to 5 to 10 students each fall. In rare cases a student can be considered for admission for the spring semester. Admission of most students for the fall semester allows the students to be part of a cohort enrolling together in a suite of required core courses. For a list of CMSS courses, please see the student handbook. If you have not already done so, please examine the Ph.D. Faculty List and identify potential mentors. A good fit between applicants and potential mentors is an important part of the decision process.  Persons seeking admission to the CMSS Program should first contact the program faculty and identify a faculty member willing to serve as the graduate advisor. Applicants will not be admitted to the program without a graduate advisor.



Check box Complete the TAMUCC Graduate School Application and submit the application fee. Online applications are preferred. Special instructions to help foreign applicants can be found here.

Check box Submit an essay of not more than 1000 words describing your educational background, career interests, goals, challenges, and name faculty you have contacted.

Check box Submit a resume with relevant prior experience.

Check box Include as separate documents any relevant supplemental materials that you wish to be considered such as scientific publications.

Check box Request 3 letters of evaluation/recommendation. You should request evaluations/recommendations from individuals who are familiar with your academic achievement and potential. Ask them to address the following questions:
  1. Your potential for success in advanced study.
  2. Your initiative and ability to work on independent research.
  3. Your ability to work as part of a team.
  4. Your quantitative and analytical skills.
  5. Your potential as a teacher (if applying for a fellowship).

If you have been out of school for a number of years and are unable to contact former professors, you may request evaluations/recommendations from people such as employers who are familiar with you and who can comment on your potential to succeed in the program. Completed evaluation/recommendations should be signed over the flap of the envelope by the person completing the form/letter and be mailed directly to the Office of Graduate Studies, 6300 Ocean Drive, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, 78412-5843. Alternatively, you can use email to request electronic letters of recommendation using this link: gradschool.tamucc.edu/recommendationRequest.html

Check box Request official transcripts from all colleges or universities you have attended. Transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies. Transcripts from institutions outside of the united States must be translated and evaluated by an approved foreign transcript evaluation service.

Check box Request that the required test scores, GRE for all students and GRE and TOEFL for students whose first language is not English must be sent directly to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi using OGS Code R6849.

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Apply for graduate funding opportunities with the College of Science and Engineering using this link: http://www.sci.tamucc.edu/students/gradfunding.html. This includes CMSS Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships, and Teaching Assignments.


Office of Graduate Studies
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive, NRC-2700
Corpus Christi, Texas 78412-5843

For additional information please contact:
Maria Martinez, (361)825-5740