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Marine Policy (MMP)(PHD)

Telephone: (302) 645-4212 (SMSP main number)
                      (302) 831-6891 (SMSP Associate Director for Marine Policy)

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Program Overview
The Marine Policy Program examines the economic, legal, political, and social aspects of the world ocean, the seabed, and the coastal zone. Students and faculty in the program analyze public issues regarding the law of the sea, ports and shipping, marine minerals, ocean and coastal zone management, fisheries, naval affairs, marine biotechnology, and the global environment, frequently making recommendations for policy at the regional, national, and international level.

The Master of Marine Policy 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 PhD in Marine (Policy) Studies is available.


Requirements for Admission
Please see the Admissions requirements for the School of Marine Science and Policy for specifics.

Requirements for the Degrees
All students in the master of marine policy 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 may bypass the master's degree and work directly toward the PhD upon petition. Requirements for the PhD degree are similar to those for the master's degree, but are more intensive. Students in the PhD in Marine Studies with a concentration in Marine Policy are required to complete a minimum of 42 graduate credits.  Written and oral qualifying examinations are required before students are admitted to candidacy for the PhD degree. A written dissertation and oral defense of it are also required for the PhD.


Master of Marine Policy (M.M.P.)
 
Course Number Course Title Credits
  
Required courses:
Students must take the following three credit course in the area of "Law and Institutions":
MAST 660 International and National Ocean Policy 3
  
Students must take the following three credit course in the area of "Decision Analytics":
MAST 663 Decision Tools for Policy Analysis 3
  
Students must take one of the following three credit courses in the area of "Economics":
MAST 675 Economics of Natural Resources 3
MAST 676 Environmental Economics 3
  
Students must also take the following one credit Seminar 3 times during their coursework:
MAST 873  Marine Policy Seminar 1
  
Science elective: Must take one 3 credit course. Typically a course from one of the other three program areas in SMSP satisfies the science requirement but it may also be taken from outside SMSP if approved.  Science elective must be approved by the advisor and Associate Director of Marine Policy.
  
Elective Credits: Must take four or more courses (12 credits) as Policy/Science/Economics/Law (PSEL) Electives.  Courses must be approved by the advisor and the Associate Director of Marine Policy.  Courses form a coherent course of study across or focusing in the areas of policy, science, economics, or law.
 
MAST 865 MMP Analytical Paper 3
Minimum credits needed for degree completion 30



PhD in Marine Studies with a concentration in Marine Policy
 
Course Number Course Title Credits
Required courses:
Students must take the following three credit course in the area of "Law and Institutions":
MAST 660 International and National Ocean Policy 3
  
Students must take the following three credit course in the area of "Decision Analytics":
MAST 663 Decision Tools for Policy Analysis 3
  
Students must take two or more courses (6 credits) in the area of "Research Methods".  Courses should be in statistics, survey research, and/or case study methods approved by the advisor and the Associate Director of Marine Policy. 6
  
Students must take one of the following three credit courses in the area of "Economics":
MAST 675 Economics of Natural Resources 3
MAST 676 Environmental Economics 3
  
Students must also take the following one credit Seminar 3 times during their coursework:
MAST 873 Marine Policy Seminar 1
  
Science elective: Must take one 3 credit course. Typically a course from one of the other three program areas in SMSP satisfies the science requirement but it may also be taken from outside SMSP if approved.  Science elective must be approved by major advisor and Associate Director of Marine Policy.
  
Elective Credits: Must take four or more courses (12 elective credits) as Policy/Science/Economics/Law (PSEL) Electives.  Courses  must be approved by the advisor and the Associate Director of Marine Policy.  Courses form a coherent course of study across or focusing in the areas of policy, science, economics, or law.
  
MAST 969 Doctoral Dissertation 9
Minimum credits needed for degree completion 42



 


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