Requirements for the M.A. Degree in Marine Conservation and Policy

In addition to the minimum Graduate School requirements, the following are required:

Skill Area Requirements - 9 courses in 6 different areas (A-F)

A)    Marine Sciences: 2 courses, one of which has to be in a basic biological field

B)    Conservation: 2 courses, MAR 507 Marine Conservation Biology (req.), plus 1 elective  

C)    Communications: 2 required courses: MAR 557 Case Study and Project Planning Seminar, and a Journalism Course (either JRN 500, or JNR 501,502,503, 504, 505).

D)    Policy/law/economics/management: 1 course

E)     Quantitative assessment: 1 course

F)      Field biology: 1 course

G)    Capstone Project or Internship in Marine Conservation and Policy, MAR 583 or MAR 592 (6 credits required); can be completed during  summer session, or during academic year.

H)    Students make an oral presentation of their Capstone Project or Internship and submit a project or internship report.


Requirements for the M.S. Degree in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

In addition to the minimum Graduate School requirements, the following are required:

A. An overall B (3.0) average in the required foundation and advanced core courses with no grade lower than a C. See details of required  coursework below;

B. Seminar MAR 580 (two semesters);

C. Master’s research proposal due by end of first year, signed by advisor and two readers;

D. Sea experience or appropriate field experience for students in the marine track only;

E. Oral presentation of thesis work;

F. Submission of approved thesis.

The M.S. degree requires a minimum of 30 credits, composed of at least 10 credits of thesis research in addition to required and elective course work.


Requirements for Ph.D. Degree in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

In addition to the minimum Graduate School requirements, and general requirements for the M.S. Degree, the following are required:

A. Comprehensive Examination: The primary purpose of the Comprehensive Examination is to assess the student’s knowledge of his or her field  and the student’s ability to relate his or her specific research interests to the broader field. The student must demonstrate a general knowledge of oceanography or atmospheric sciences, including an understanding of the current concepts of his or her field. Success on the examination implies the ability to use this information to address questions of a multidisciplinary nature;

B. Ph.D. degree dissertation proposal approved by a dissertation committee and oral preliminary examination;

C. Practicum in teaching;

D. Oral defense of dissertation;

E. Submission of approved dissertation.

Required Courses

Marine Track:

A. Core Courses: : 1) MAR 508 and MAR 509, Foundations of Marine Sciences I and II; 2) One of the following advanced core courses depending  on discipline (MAR 501 Physical Oceanography, MAR 502 Biological Oceanography, MAR 503 Chemical Oceanography, or MAR 506 Geological Oceanography); and 3) One quantitative analysis course from among appropriate offerings at SoMAS or in other departments.

B. Scientific Communication MAR 568;

C. A minimum of six additional credits in specialty courses selected by the student and his or her advisor and approved by the advisor;

D. To ensure satisfactory progress toward the dissertation, Ph.D. students must participate in four credits of research-oriented, seminar-style  elective courses.  This requirement may be completed after advancing to candidacy.

Atmospheric Track:

A. Core courses: 1) MAR 541 and MAR 542, Foundations of Atmospheric Sciences I and II; 2) One of the required oceanography core courses (MAR 501 Physical Oceanography, MAR 503 Chemical Oceanography, MAR 506 Geological Oceanography, MAR 508 Foundations of Marine Science I: Bioegochemical Processes, MAR 545 Paleooceanography and Paleoclimatology); and 3a) for M.S. students, two, or 3b) for Ph.D. students three out of the following advanced courses (MAR 505 General Circulation of the Atmosphere, MAR 544 Atmospheric Radiation,  MAR 570 Modern Methods of Data Analysis in Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies Part II, MAR 572, Geophysical Simulation,  MAR 593 Atmospheric Physics, MAR 594 Atmospheric Dynamics,  MAR 596 Atmospheric Chemistry and MAR 598 Synoptic and Mesocale Meteorology);

B. MAR 595 Graduate Seminar in Atmospheric Sciences (two semesters);

C. Minimum of 24 course credits for Ph.D. students.