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Aquaculture (Certificate NDP) 
Program Description

The University of Arizona Graduate Certificate in Aquaculture supports research, development and training in aquatic food production systems with special interest in arid environments and developing countries.  Current research includes rearing fish and shrimp in irrigation systems, fish and shrimp nutrition and pathology, re-use of effluents as fertilizers for field crops and improving soils with fish wastes, and sustainable systems including aquaponics and integrated multi-trophic aquaculture.   The certificate is especially designed for working professionals and international students who may want additional graduate experience on a flexible or reduced time scale. 

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Environmental Science -

The Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science (SWES) brings together a faculty of outstanding scientists, distinguished by their understanding of soil, water, and the environment, and their ability to carry out research and planning towards the solution of environmental and resource use problems.  The department offers graduate work leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Soil, Water and Environmental Science, with focal areas in either Environmental Science, or Soil and Water Science.  Also offered are an accelerated Master of Science degree in Soil, Water and Environmental Science, dual Master of Science degrees in Journalism and Soil, Water and Environmental Science, and in Business Administration and Soil, Water and Environmental Science, and a Graduate Certificate in Aquaculture. 

Graduate study in the SWES Department is open to students with undergraduate preparation in biological, chemical, physical, earth, or engineering sciences. Students with other backgrounds may be accepted into the program, with course deficiencies noted. Approximately 60 graduate students and 200 undergraduate students are continuously enrolled in the department.

Students with a graduate degree from the SWES Department are highly employable, pursuing careers in academia, the public sector (e.g., consulting), with state, federal and international agencies (USDA, USGS, USFC, NASA, FAO, etc.), and NGOs.

College of Agriculture & Life Sciences  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Kathleen A Landeen
Graduate Program Coordinator
Kathleen A Landeen
Director of Graduate Studies
Marcel G Schaap
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Kristi R Davenport
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

ALL applicants must be accepted for admission to both The Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science and The University of Arizona Graduate College.  Minimum eligiblity requirements for admission to The Graduate College include completion of a bachelor's degree or an equivalent degree and a 3.000 grade point average on a 4.000 grade scale.

Required application materials include the following:
An official on-line application for admission to the UA Graduate College.
Letter of Intent (one to two page letter specifying your area of interest and goals).
*Three letters of recommendation (letters should be printed on letterhead and submitted electronically.       

Official transcripts from ALL institutions attended.  If you are currently in the process of completing a degree program, please mail your transcript, including your current course schedule, and later submit a MANDATORY final, official transcript that lists your graduation date and degree awarded.  If you are currently in the process of completing a degree program, please mail your transcript, including your current course schedule, and later submit a MANDATORY final, official transcript that lists your graduation date and degree awarded.                                                                                                   

Required prerequisite coursework is listed in the next section.

English language proficiency is one of the conditions for admission for all applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants must submit a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 79 internet based (iBT), 550 paper based (PB), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 7 (no subject area below a 6).TOEFL Institution Code: 4832                                
Submission of GRE scores is suggested, but are not required. GRE Institution Code: 4832

*Recommenders are notified via email and provided directions for uploading the letter of recommendation.

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Financial Aid

There is no guarantee of departmental financial assistance.  Prospective students should directly contact faculty members with whom they potentially share research interests regarding Research Assistantships. 

Applicants are encouraged to apply for institutional funding offered through the UA Graduate College, including Graduate Access Fellowships, UA/SIGP Fellowships, and NASA Scholarships.  Domestic students should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Loans, FAFSA, to qualify for institutional funding  Detailed information on UA financial aid may be found at

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: June 1
  • Spring: October1

International Applicants:

  • Fall: December 1
  • Spring: June 1
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Aquaculture requires completion of a minimum of 16 units of graduate credit. Certificate units may also be applied to degree programs; and up to six units of transfer credit may be used.

Required course work (11 units):
V SC 556 (3)    Aquaculture
ENVS 575 (4)   Freshwater and Marine Algae
V SC 565 (3)    Shrimp Pathology
ENVS 900 (3)   Research (Aquaculture)–Internship

Electives (3-4 units)
ECOL 582 (3)   Ichthyology
ENVS 574 (4)   Aquatic Plants and the Environment
ENVS 525 (3)   Environmental Microbiology
Or other approved elective

All students must submit a formal application to the UA Graduate College to be considered for admission to the SWES Graduate Certificate in Aquaculture.
Applications are submitted on-line via The University of Arizona Graduate College’s admissions portal,UA GradApp.
UA students should use their UA email account and NetID when registering a new account.

Minor Requirements
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Last revised 08 May 2014