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William & Mary

Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography (26.1302)
Master's Degree
Enrollment, Awards, Wages, Debt, and Other Outcomes




Marine Science
Program Status: Active/Approved to Enroll Students and Confer Degrees
Degree Title: MA/MS
2010 CIP Code: 261302

Credit HoursProgram Offered
On-Campus:YesYes
Off-Campus:YesYes

Date Progam Approved to Confer Degrees:  Before SCHEV
Enrollments and Awards
Academic YearFall HeadcountAnnual FTEDegrees
2018-1934309
2019-2035289
2020-2140327
2021-2247377
2022-23463718

Average time-to-completion in yearsAverage credits-to-completionAverage monthly earnings six months after graduation
$ 3,566




The table to the right provides the degree award history of each the last five years, disaggregated by state residency. This breakout may may help explain why a relatively low percentage of program completers may appear to be working in Virginia.



Program Graduates by Domicile
YearIn-StateOut-of-StateTotal
2018-19279
2019-20189
2020-21257
2021-22167
2022-2341418
Five Year Summary104050
Distribution by Gender and Race/Ethnicity within Five-year Totals,


YearForeign/ InternationalAfrican Am. or Black (NH)Am. Indian/ Native Am. (NH)Asian/ Pacific Islander (NH)HispanicWhite, Caucasian Am. (NH)Multi-Race (NH)Unknown/ Unreported (NH)Total
Sum of the Last 5 Years220150635050



Wages Earned in 2020

The table below shows the wage data for the select program and places it in the context of all wages at the same degree level of this institution by graduates with at least three (3) quarters of employment.





Post-Completion Wage Outcomes, Earnings in 2022
Graduation YearGrads (n)Grads w/Wages (n)25th PercentileMedian Wage75th Percentile
2011-12 (10 years)6022%$48,219$57,634$67,555
2013-14 (8 years)6219%$34,187$46,252$65,762
2016-17 (5 years)5910%
2018-19 (3 years)474%
2020-21 (18 months)4122%



Student Debt of Graduates
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Number of Borrowers and Known Debt at Graduation
Borrowers (n)Borrowers (%)25th PercentileMedianMean75th Percentile
2013-14 to 2017-18
2014-15 to 2018-19
2015-16 to 2019-20
2016-17 to 2020-21
2017-18 to 2021-22
Note: Student borrowing at graduation, excludes PLUS loans, in five-year rollups. Includes all known institutionally-processed borrowing occuring at all public and nonprofit institutions in Virginia. Debt accrued outside Virginia in prior postsecondary activity is not available.
Number of Borrowers and Known Debt at Graduation, Including Parent-PLUS and Grad-PLUS
Borrowers (n)Borrowers (%)25th PercentileMedianMean75th Percentile
2013-14 to 2017-18
2014-15 to 2018-19
2015-16 to 2019-20
2016-17 to 2020-21
2017-18 to 2021-22


More Details on Enrollment History.


More Details on Degree Awards History.


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