College of Science & Mathematics
Master of Science in Marine & Environmental Science

Entry Requirements and Application

It is imperative that applicants follow directions precisely to ensure that applications reach the correct UVI program and are processed on time.  If an applicant has any questions about the application process, s/he should contact the MMES Program Director at (340) 693-1427 or mmes@myuvi.net . 

Application due date and decision timeline:

  • Complete applications for this program, including recommendations, must be received by March 1 of every year (or the following business day if the date falls on a weekend or holiday). Applications received after this date may not receive full consideration.
  • Applicants will be notified via email when a complete application has been received.
  • The MMES admission committee will meet shortly after the March 1 deadline. We expect to contact applicants by April 1 with application decisions. Those who are accepted will be asked to respond to the offer of admission by May 1. If a space becomes available, wait-listed candidates are accepted in the order they are ranked.

Checklist of admission requirements:

1.  Completed printable version of UVI's graduate application (PDF) mailed to Admissions Office at the address below or online graduate application.

Admissions Office
University of the Virgin Islands
#2 John Brewers Bay
St. Thomas, VI 00802-9990

2.  Program Application online form. Please be prepared to complete this web form in one sitting.

Information you will need to complete the application:

  • Citizenship information
  • GPA, hours completed and/or degree information for all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) institutions you are currently attending or have attended
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable)
  • List of academic honors, fellowships, scholarships and other awards received
  • Names and addresses of three (3) persons who are acquainted with your academic work and/or experience in your proposed field of study
  • A 1000 word or less personal statement explaining your reasons for wishing to undertake graduate work within the MMES program, identifying an area of research that you are interested in pursuing and explaining how your academic interests relate to your undergraduate study, work experience (if any), and professional goals.


3. Three (3) letters of recommendation by having each evaluator complete and submit the web form. It is your responsibility to ensure that letters of recommendation arrive by March 1.  (Note: Do not use a service, such as Interfolio, to send the recommendations as our recommendation cover form asks about the candidate in more detail.)

4.  Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate level work are required.

The applicant should request the registrar of each institution attended to send transcripts directly to the University of Virgin Islands - MMES Program Director. 

Mailing address to which to send transcripts (note that mail takes approximately one to two weeks longer to arrive in the Virgin Islands than on the mainland; therefore, we strongly urge applicants to request transcripts at least one to two months before the application deadline):

MMES Program Director
Marine Science Center (MSC)
University of the Virgin Islands
#2 John Brewers Bay
St. Thomas, VI 00802-9990

If an applicant is completing her/his degree at the time of application and if s/he is accepted to the Masters program, s/he will have to produce proof of having been awarded a baccalaureate degree prior to being allowed to matriculate.

It is highly recommended that applicants would have completed the following coursework within the past ten (10) years:

  • Three (3) semesters of some combination of General Biology and General Chemistry, including at least one semester of Biology
  • One (1) semester of Calculus and one (1) additional semester of Calculus or a course in the area of applied mathematics, biostatistics, statistics, and quantitative research methods
  • Additional suggested courses include upper level Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Economics or other social science coursework.

Individuals without the stated coursework are invited to contact the Program Director to discuss their background and preparation for the program.

5.  An official score of the Graduate Record Examination Test (GRE): http://www.ets.org/gre must be submitted. Please use institution code 0879 (there is no department code).

6.  Proof of English competency for international students for whom English is not a first language, such as TOEFL scores.

7.  A CV or résumé may be submitted but is not required. Please email your CV by the application deadline to mmes@myuvi.net

International Students
The MMES program welcomes international applicants.  Please read the International Student Manual for additional application directions (PDF document and form) and contact the MMES Program Director.

Transfer Students
The MMES program welcomes inquiries from potential transfer applicants. Please contact the MMES Program Director. The following policy, as stated in the UVI Graduate Bulletin, applies:

A maximum of six graduate credits earned at another university or college may be accepted towards the fulfillment of the requirements for a graduate degree. Only credits earned within the last five years at a grade no lower than B will qualify for acceptance under this regulation. Students should request that an official copy of their graduate transcript be sent to the Admissions Office for consideration of courses to be transferred.

Potential transfer applicants should note that transfer credits may only be counted towards electives, and may not replace any of the first year core courses of the MMES program.