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The School of Marine and Environmental Affairs offers an interdisciplinary program of study leading to the Master of Marine Affairs degree. Marine affairs concerns management and policy questions on the uses of the coastal and offshore regions of the ocean and their resources. The core curriculum includes courses in marine affairs, economics, law, marine sciences, and public affairs, with emphasis on human dimensions of the environment.
Graduate Program Coordinator
Master of Marine Affairs
The School of Marine and Environmental Affairs offers an internationally recognized master's degree program for launching careers in marine policy and administration. Students learn creative approaches to resolving marine problems and conflicts, charting rational use of living and non-living marine resources, and managing human activities on the coasts, at sea, and in estuaries, wetlands, and large inland bodies of water.
A major program objective is to prepare students for professional careers in policy making, management, teaching, and research. Breadth of study is emphasized, and all students are expected to gain familiarity with relevant aspects of the social, technological, and environmental sciences. In addition, each student is expected to develop a professional and scholarly proficiency in a particular aspect of marine affairs.
Completion of the MMA program normally requires two academic years for students who have received a baccalaureate degree. During the first year, students develop a comprehensive understanding of the marine affairs field and acquire analytic skills. During the second year, a special competence is developed in a topical area of interest (e.g., ocean and coastal management, ports and marine transportation, marine environmental protection, marine resources management, ocean and coastal tourism and recreation), and a thesis is prepared and presented under the guidance of a faculty Supervisory Committee. Individual courses of study may be adjusted to accommodate prior experience and academic background. Mid-career and other qualifying students can apply to follow a non-thesis track emphasizing additional coursework and a degree project.
Admission to the School of Marine Environmental Affairs is based on evaluation of required application materials in competition with other applicants. Required materials include Graduate Record Examination general-test scores, completed departmental supplementary information form, three letters of recommendation, official academic transcripts, and a statement of career objectives. Applicants must apply directly to, and be accepted by, the University's Graduate School. Course sequences begin each autumn quarter, and new students normally are admitted only at that time.
Degree Requirements59 credits as follows:
The School of Marine Affairs has a limited number of positions for graduate student appointments as research assistants. Applicants in need of support are urged to investigate outside sources of funding.