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Master of Marine Policy

The Master’s Degree in Marine Policy (MMP) prepares students for careers in research, management, and administration in marine-oriented government agencies, private associations, and business firms. The MMP provides graduate students with post-baccalaureate training in policy analysis and coastal and ocean management to be competitive for positions in the public and private sectors and for matriculating into Ph.D. programs.

All students in the MMP program are required to complete a minimum of 30 graduate credits. A course outside of the Marine Policy Program and the student's area of concentration is also required. Students pursuing this degree must write an analytical paper. Students shall defend their analytical paper in an open oral examination chaired by the advisor. Student committees are composed of the faculty advisor and a minimum of two other faculties from the school.

Required Courses

  • MAST 660 International and National Ocean Policy
  • MAST 663 Decision Tools for Policy Analysis
  • MAST 675 Economics of Natural Resources
  • MAST 676 Environmental Economics
  • MAST 873 Marine Policy Seminar (3 semesters)
  • Science elective: One 3 credit course in an SMSP Science program
  • Elective credits: 9 or more credits of course work in Policy/Science/Economics/Law (PSEL) Electives
  • MAST 865 Analytic Paper

Students will work with their advisors to determine what additional coursework must be completed and how many research credits must be taken to account for the remaining credit hours needed for a minimum total of 30 credits. Many students pursue coursework beyond the minimum where specialized methods or topics course electives increase the student’s range and mastery of Marine Policy. A maximum of 9 graduate course credits from other universities may be applied toward the MMP degree.

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MMP Year 1

Fall Semester I

SMSP Integrative course (3 cr.)

MAST 660 National and International Ocean Policy (3 cr.)

MAST 675 or MAST 663

Spring Semester I

MAST 672 "Benefit Cost Analysis" or MAST 676 (3 cr.)

SMSP Grad Seminar (1 cr.)

MAST 802 Case Study in Environmental Decision Making or Elective (3 cr.)

PSEL Elective (3 cr.)

MMP Year 2

Fall Semester II

SMSP Grad Seminar (1 cr.)

PSEL Elective or MAST 675, MAST 663 (3 cr.)

PSEL Elective or MAST 675, MAST 663 (3 cr.)

Spring Semester II

MAST 865 (MMP AP) (3 cr.)

SMSP Grad Seminar (1 cr.)

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