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How do I Choose the Best Marine Science School?

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Marine science school provides the training necessary to work in a range of marine science positions. Upon successful completion, candidates can find employment opportunities in conservation organizations, research projects, oil and mining projects, and government agencies dedicated to preserving the oceans. The field of marine science is dedicated to the study and support of marine life, which includes all the creatures and plant life in the world's oceans.

Marine science school is typically part of a larger university or community college. Programs included in this school are usually marine biology, marine geology, biostatistics, and general marine science. An undergraduate program is usually three to five years in length, depending on the institution. At a university level, graduate programs and certificates are available from many marine science schools. These programs are usually three to six years of additional education, after the completion of an undergraduate degree.

Tuition fees for marine science school range from $12,500 to $25,000 US Dollars (USD) per year. This may include some course materials, equipment, and access to a fully developed marina. There are a very limited number of marine science schools, and they are all located in coastal cities. Almost all schools also offer student residences, at an additional cost ranging from $9,000 to $18,000 USD per year. Tuition assistance programs are available from all accredited marine science schools, through the student aid office.

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Student services are an important aspect to consider when looking for the best marine science school. Extracurricular activities, guest speakers, and athletic facilities are all an important part of the education experience. In addition to these programs, look at the professional services provided to you. This includes professional counseling, financial aid, career services, and housing assistance. Read the detailed section of the student services brochure to find out how long after graduation you can access valuable services, such as the career or athletics center.

Talk to the career center and admissions staff to learn more about the marine science school job placement programs. This is a very specialized field, and opportunities to gain industry-specific experience are very important. The programs should allow students to explore a variety of work environments, to gain valuable perspective into what is available in this field.

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