In these uncertain times, investing in your future through graduate education is a smart choice. Texas A&M University at Galveston offers two graduate programs focused on coastal and marine management that will enhance your analytical skills and future employability. The Master of Marine Resources Management (MARM) and the Doctor of Philosophy in Marine and Coastal Management and Science (MCMS) are designed to equip students with the skills needed to tackle the complex problems facing our society today. Taught by experts affiliated with the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores (www.tamug.edu/ctbs), coursework in both programs bridges the social and physical sciences with an emphasis on coastal and marine issues. Given that 40% of Americans live on the coast and coastal communities contribute 46% of the nation’s total GDP, the knowledge and skills learned in these programs are highly relevant. Graduates of the MARM and MCES programs are very competitive for jobs in the public and private sectors, including state and federal environmental management agencies, non-governmental organizations such as conservation groups, oil and gas industry, environmental consulting firms, and academia.
Master of Marine Resources Management
Similar to a Master of Business Administration for coastal resource management, the MARM program requires 36 hours of coursework, typically taking four semesters to complete. Coursework includes: environmental policy, environmental management strategies, environmental planning, quantitative methods of analysis, geographic information system (GIS) modeling, and natural resource economics. Students pursue electives in their areas of interest, including courses in: advanced GIS, environmental dispute resolution, physical oceanography, and planning for coastal sustainability and resilience. There is also the opportunity to earn a GIS certificate with completion of a series of advanced GIS classes.
Doctor of Philosophy in Marine and Coastal Management and Science
The MCMS doctoral program is designed to provide rigorous training in interdisciplinary approaches to research with a focus on the coastal and marine near-shore environments, where problems at the interface of the natural and built environment are most pronounced. The program requires completion of 60 hours of coursework for students entering with a master’s degree or 90 hours for students entering with a bachelor’s degree. In addition to courses in environmental policy, planning, and management, doctoral students are required to complete a series of quantitative analysis, statistics, and research methods classes. Students work closely with faculty advisors to develop independent research, participate in collaborative science and practice networks, and make professional connections.
The Bottom Line
The multifaceted problems threatening environmental and social systems today, ranging from natural hazards to unsustainable resource use, demand specialists capable of making connections across science and policy and applying interdisciplinary approaches. The MARM and MCES graduate programs equip students with these skills in a collaborative learning environment, with more rigorous analytical and research training on the doctoral level. For more information on expenses of graduate school at TAMUG, visit: https://www.tamug.edu/grad/Incoming-Students/School-Expenses.html. There are limited number of graduate teaching and research assistantships available in both programs.
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