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Master of Advanced Studies (MAS)
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The Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) is a fully accredited master's degree conferred by the University of California San Diego. 

The MAS degree is part of a statewide project of the University of California to expand career potential and bring academic rigor to professionals in various fields. Scripps Institution of Oceanography manages the curriculum for two professional graduate degrees.

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (MBC)

The MAS degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (MBC) is a full-time, 12-month intensive Master's program that begins each June. It is geared toward early to mid-career professionals who wish to gain expert knowledge and develop specialized skills in support of marine conservation careers.

A distinctive element of the MBC program is its interdisciplinary nature. Courses and fieldwork are led by professors from the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (CMBC) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography , as well as top-ranked departments at UC San Diego, including the Graduate School of Global Policy & Strategy, the departments of Communications, Economics, Visual Arts, and others. Government agencies such as NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center, private entities, non-governmental organizations and other external experts enhance the MBC Program by providing special lectures and workshops.

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Climate Science and Policy (CSP)

The MAS degree in Climate Science and Policy is a one-year Master's program that equips professionals with the knowledge they need to improve society's response to climate change.

Like the MBC program, the CSP program is focused on development of local capacity and science-based management tools. The program is designed to teach current and future professionals about climate science from the scientific, economic and policy perspectives, as well as provide important cultural and communications skills. In addition to Scripps courses, students also have the benefit of enjoying interdisciplinary studies by taking course offerings from a variety of top-ranked departments at UC San Diego, including the School of Global Policy & Strategy, the Department of Economics, Communications, Visual Arts, and other departments.

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