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M.S. Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies

The Master of Science in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies consists of two distinct degree tracks:

  • A track culminating in an original research thesis or
  • A professional track culminating in a professional internship experience.

The Master of Science in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies facilitates students to work with faculty on skill development, original research, or professional experience in a broad array of marine fields. Students completing the program have found employment with a variety of government organizations, universities, and the private sector. Recent graduates have found positions such as hydrographer for a NOAA consultant, coastal scientist for a private sector firm, officer in the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, hydrologic technician with the USGS, and lecturer at a university. Graduates of the CMWS program are also well prepared to pursue additional advanced degrees at CCU or other universities.


  • Jan. 15 for Fall Semester for full consideration for University graduate assistantships; however, applications for fall admission will continue to be accepted through July 1.
  • Nov. 1 for Spring Semester

Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies requires the successful completion of an approved program of study with a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours. Within the approved program are three core courses, three seminar courses, electives, and a required thesis or internship.

Core Courses (9 credit hours)

CMWS 601: Coastal Marine and Wetland Processes (3)
CMWS 602: Coastal Marine and Wetland Ecology (3)
CMWS 603: Coastal and Wetland Policy and Management (3)

Graduate Seminar Courses (3 credit hours)

CMWS 697: Graduate Seminar I (1)
CMWS 698: Graduate Seminar II (1)
CMWS 699: Graduate Seminar III (1)

Electives (12 credit hours)
Electives must be 500 level or above courses from BIOL, CHEM, CMWS, MATH, MSCI, PHYS or STAT.
A maximum of 6 credit hours at the 500 level may be used toward completing degree requirements.

Thesis Research (6 credit hours) or Internship (6 credit hours)

CMWS 700 or CMWS 701 (6)

For course descriptions, view the Graduate Catalog »

Additional Information

Richard Viso, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Associate Professor
Department of Coastal and Marine Systems Science
BCMW 102

Karen Fuss
Graduate Student Services Coordinator
Department of Coastal and Marine Systems Science
BCMW 108

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