Vision for Passport System

Leaders of Monterey area ocean research institutions have been discussing the idea of a “passport” system, or cross-registration system, between and among the Monterey Bay area campuses for more than a decade.  The vision is to allow students from each graduate institution (or specific departments at each institution) to have the opportunity to enroll in graduate-level courses in participating programs at other Monterey area institutions for official credit, and at no cost to the student. 


This arrangement acknowledges the relative characteristics and strengths of each institution, and allows qualified students to benefit from the various academic programs and resources provided by each institution.  Mutually beneficial ties between the institutions will maximize information exchange on MARINE-related research topics through the development of regional linkages and student and faculty collaborations. This arrangement also allows the Monterey Bay area to become a highly sought after location to engage in graduate ocean-focused studies, benefiting all institutions in the area.

Precedent in Monterey Bay

At present, MOUs exist between several of the MARINE partner campuses however MARINE is still in the process of both expanding this set of MOUs, and illuminating the processes by which students can utilize them.


More information will be available soon. In the meantime, please contact if you are currently a graduate student in our network and are interested in taking a course at another campus.