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The School 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.
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Master of Marine Affairs
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.
The program prepares students for professional careers in policy making, management, teaching, and research. Students gain familiarity with relevant aspects of the social, technological, and environmental sciences.
Completion of the MMA program normally requires two academic years. In the first year, students develop a comprehensive understanding of the marine affairs field and acquire analytic skills. In the second year, students develop competence 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 prepare a thesis, complete a capstone project, or complete additional coursework for the courses-only option. . Studies may be adjusted to accommodate prior experience and academic background.
Degree Requirements59 credits as follows:
The School offers a limited number of positions for graduate student appointments as research assistants. Applicants are urged to investigate outside sources of funding.