The School of Ocean Science and Engineering offers a Master of Science in Coastal Sciences with specialization in a wide range of research fields including benthic ecology, biological modeling, coastal ecology, conservation genetics, fish ecology, fisheries, landscape ecology, marine aquaculture, marine microbiology, marine toxicology, and microbial ecology. Graduate students receive focused academic and hands-on training in a variety of marine-based fields. Students can declare one of four emphasis areas: Aquaculture, Aquatic Health Sciences, Coastal Ecology and Ecosystem Processes, or Fisheries and Fisheries Oceanography.
The purpose of the Master of Science in Coastal Sciences is to prepare students for nationally recognized doctoral programs or careers with academic institutions, industry, and government agencies at the state and federal level.
Course Requirements (30 hours)
- COA 601 - Coastal Processes I 3 hrs.
- COA 602 - Coastal Processes II 3 hrs.
- COA 603 - Professional Skills in Coastal Sciences 3 hrs.
- COA 606 - Biometry for the Coastal Sciences 3 hrs.
- COA 691 - Research in Coastal Sciences 1-16 hrs. 6 hrs. required
- COA 698 - Thesis 1-6 hrs for a total of 6 hours. 6 hrs. required
Electives (6 hours): Selected from a combination of the following courses:
- COA 636 - Coastal and Marine Botany
- COA 641 - Stable Isotope Ecology
- COA 645 - Benthic Ecology
- COA 746 - Ecology of Fishes
- COA 690 - Special Topics in Ecological Data & Modeling (3 hours)
- COA 690 - Special Topics in Historical Ecology and Foundations in Coastal Ecology (3 hours)
In addition to meeting the Admission Requirements and Procedures, the master's program applicant must submit:
- Official undergraduate transcript(s). Regular admission to the M.S. degree program requires a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on all undergraduate coursework.
- Official results of the general section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
- Three letters of recommendation from people qualified to assess the applicant's readiness for graduate study.
- A current curriculum vitae (CV).
- A statement of purpose stating interests and career goals. The letter of intent is used as a sample of the applicant's writing and communication skills, and provides information concerning the compatibility of the applicant's interests with departmental research interests. Applicants should consult the Coastal Sciences faculty directory and contact potential faculty mentors prior to submitting an application. Applicants should list potential faculty mentors in their statement.