COLLEGE OF NATURAL AND APPLIED SCIENCES
Master of Science in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies
The Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies graduate program encompasses
a broad range of scientific disciplines relevant to the coastal zone. It is
a multidisciplinary degree including biology, chemistry, geology, marine science,
and physics. The applications of current knowledge related to marine and wetland
environments, understanding natural processes, policy and ethical management,
and the ability to conduct and report original research are emphasized. The
program is designed for students interested in marine and wetland systems, organisms
living in these systems, and the management of these systems. A thesis is required.
Applicants may receive provisional admission in the Master of Science in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies degree program if they do not meet the stated admission requirements and are entering the University for the first time or are returning to the University after an extended absence. Students on provisional admission are limited to 12 hours of course work.
Removal of Provisional Status
To remove provisional status the student must:
Admission to Degree Candidacy
Admission to the graduate program in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies does not signify Admission to Candidacy. After completing nine to twelve semester hours, students must apply for Admission to Candidacy. To be eligible for Admission to Candidacy for the Master of Science in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies, a student must:
The final decision for admission to Candidacy is made by the Dean in the College of Natural and Applied Sciences based upon the recommendation of the student’s committee and the CMWS Graduate Committee.
All students, including transfer students, must clear the English Proficiency Requirement, if applicable, before being admitted to Candidacy. Candidacy Applications are available in the Dean’s office.
A thesis committee of at least three members will be established by the second semester of enrollment. It will consist of at least three full-time CCU faculty members including the major professor who will chair the committee. An approved member from an outside institution is also recommended. The entire thesis committee will meet with the student semi-annually to assess progress and give advice.
In addition to the regularly scheduled course examinations, a candidate for the master’s degree must satisfactorily pass a written qualifying examination arranged by the CMWS Graduate Committee. The examination is designed to incorporate general information from the core courses. Exam questions will require students to integrate and apply their knowledge.
A student who is not successful in passing the qualifying examination may, at the discretion of the CMWS Graduate Committee, be allowed another examination not later than one semester after the unsuccessful attempt.
A Master in Science in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies requires:
Required Courses (30 Credits)
The Masters of Science degree program in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies at Coastal Carolina University requires 30 graduate credit hours for completion. This includes the successful defense of a thesis based on the student’s original research. Three core classes prepare students to deal with complex multidisciplinary scientific interrelationships that apply to coastal areas. All students also are required to participate in the seminar series.
Core Courses (9 Credits)
Electives (12 Credits)
Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies courses 500-level or above. A maximum of 6 credits at the 500-level may be used towards completing the degree requirements