The marine mammal graduate certificate represents a transdisciplinary approach to marine mammalogy through the study of the stewardship of our oceans. The certificate represents an approach to curriculum integration which dissolves boundaries between conventional disciplines and organizes teaching and learning around the construction of meaning in the context of real-world problems.

This certificate highlights the expertise at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center and emphasizes the Oregon coast as a natural laboratory and study area. The certificate focuses on developing skills that are transferable to a global scale. The program allows flexibility for OSU’s continually changing student body by providing hybrid experience that limits the amount of time away from home/work/responsibilities yet still provides experiential learning in the marine environment.

Much of Oregon’s coastal economy (and coastal economies around the world) is associated with commercial and recreational fisheries, ecotourism, and development of renewable energy (wind and wave). Marine mammals are deeply entwined with these economies in positive (e.g., whale watching) and problematic (e.g., entanglement in fishing gear, competition for commercially fished species, sea lion removal from dams, potential impacts from extraction of renewable energy) ways. There is a growing need for experts in marine mammalogy to engage in these issues and provide solutions that embrace humans as a critical part of marine ecosystems, with sustainability and ocean health as the ultimate goal. This graduate certificate will provide a mechanism for increasing the number and expertise of professionals that are critical to achieving this goal."

Admissions Requirements

Admit Term
  • Summer Term
  • Fall Term
  • Winter Term
  • Spring Term
Required Tests


English Language Requirements ?

English language requirements for international applicants to this program are the same as the standard Graduate School requirements.

Additional Requirements

Application requirements, including required documents, letters, and forms, vary by program and may not be completely represented here. The processing of your application will not be completed until these requirements have been met. Please, before applying to this program, always contact the program office to confirm application requirements.

Application Process

Please review the graduate school application process and Apply Online.

Dates & Deadlines ?

Admissions Deadline for all applicants

Please complete your application at least 30 days prior to the term you plan to start for full consideration.

MAIS Participation

This program is not offered as a MAIS field of study.

AMP Participation ?

This program does not participate in the Accelerated Master's Platform (AMP)