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Marine Policy Program

The master of marine policy, a two-year professional degree created at the University of Delaware, prepares students for careers in research, management, and administration in marine-oriented government agencies, private associations, and business firms. For a few highly qualified students who already hold an advanced degree in marine policy or a related subject and who generally have some experience in policy research or management, the Ph.D. in marine (policy) studies is available.

  • Katya Samoteskul
    Marine policy graduate students explore offshore wind, marine spatial planning, climate change adaptation, and many other issues.
  • electric vehicle to grid technology
    Marine policy faculty member Willett Kempton helped create a small fleet of all-electric vehicles fitted with vehicle-to-grid technology to feed power to the electric grid.
  • wind turbine
    Students gain hands-on experience in wind turbine technology by with UD's turbine at the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes.

The Mangone Center

The Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy, established in 1973 and named after its founder in 2003, was the first research center in the United States to study the legal, political, and economic issues facing the ocean, seabed, and coastal zone and remains a leading force in the marine policy community to this day. In addition to offering students significant opportunities to pursue research and practical experience, the center conducts a broad range of studies, hosts visiting scholars, organizes conferences and publications, and provides policy advice to foreign and domestic agencies.

The World is Our Classroom

All marine policy students are exposed to the real world of policy formulation and implementation through discussions with knowledgeable practitioners from around the world that take place in our weekly seminars or through internship opportunities at agencies such as the Port of Wilmington, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Academy of Sciences, and others. By the time they graduate, marine policy students will not only have been educated in policy research and management, but will also be conversant with the physical and biological attributes of the marine environment.

The success of our interdisciplinary approach is illustrated by the placement of alumni in such organizations as NOAA, the Maritime Administration, the National Academy of Sciences, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the Marine Policy Center of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Times Mirror Magazines, and the Cousteau Society.

Degree Programs in Marine Science and Policy

The School of Marine Science and Policy in UD's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment offers a variety of graduate and undergraduate degrees.

Masters degrees are offered in marine policy, marine studies (marine biosciences, oceanography, physical ocean science and engineering), and ocean engineering.

Students interested in doctoral programs can pursue a Ph.D. in Marine Studies, Ocean Engineering, or Oceanography.

Undergraduates can pursue a bachelor's degree in Marine Studies with a concentration in Marine Biology.

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School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Geological Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography

Investigating the interactions between people and the environment and the processes that explain the location of human and natural phenomena.

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College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment • 111 Robinson Hall • Newark, DE 19716 • USA
Phone: 302-831-2841 • E-mail: ceoe-info@udel.edu

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