Unique Research Opportunities

SRC provides a platform for students to conduct graduate-level research at the University of Miami.

 SRC’s interdisciplinary research interests sit at the crossroads of natural and social science, supporting applied, conservation- and management-relevant research.

Graduate students working on SRC projects have the opportunity to mentor undergraduate interns, lead shark research trips, and engage with our research and educational partners. SRC’s graduate students have the unique opportunity to explore their research interests, gain leadership skills, and define their career objectives as a part of a supportive, tight-knit lab atmosphere. Many SRC alumni have gone on to successful careers in marine science. Graduate students join SRC through the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric, and Earth Science’s Masters of Professional Science and the Master of Science programs, as well as the Abess Center Environmental Science and Policy Ph.D. program

We welcome applications from students of all backgrounds and identities, and work to create an inclusive field and lab culture.


The University of Miami’s Master of Professional Science program is an accelerated graduate degree that prepares students for careers in industry, government, and nonprofit organizations. Prospective students interested in attending the University of Miami as Masters of Professional Science students at the Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science, click HERE for more information. Part of the MPS program requirements include an internship with a faculty member or external organization. SRC typically accepts 5 or more MPS students per year for internships each spring semester.

M.S. Program

Through the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, students can pursue a Master of Science (M.S.) degree. Funded MS opportunities are limited and interested students should familiarize themselves with the requirements of the program. This degree track is research-based and students are expected to write and defend a thesis on their research topic. The majority of recent MS students at SRC have transferred from the MPS program.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Prospective students interested in the Ph.D in Marine & Atmospheric Science, click HERE for more information. Prospective students interested in the Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy, click HERE for more information. Please reach out to the Director if interested in applying for a PhD.

“My masters program at Northeastern University included a research and internship requirement, and I was lucky enough to do both with the Shark Research & Conservation Program. The chance to be out in the sun and working with sharks was an amazing opportunity, it’s exciting to be a part of such important research and conservation efforts.”

— Piper Wallingford Masters Student ’11