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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 non-thesis track that includes additional coursework and may entail an internship or special project(s).

The Master of Science in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies facilitates students to work with faculty on skill development, original research, projects 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.


APPLICATION DEADLINES

  • 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

Thesis Option Degree Requirements (30 Graduate Credit Hours)

The Master of Science in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies thesis option 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, one seminar course, 12 credit hours of electives, and a required thesis.

Core Courses (9 credit hours)

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

Graduate Seminar Course (3 credit hours)

CMSS 609: Coastal and Marine System Science, Issues and Applications Seminar (1 cr., repeated 3 times)

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

Thesis Research (6 credit hours)

CMWS 700: Thesis Research

Non-Thesis Option Degree Requirements (36 Graduate Credit Hours)

The Master of Science in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies non-thesis option requires the successful completion of an approved program of study with a minimum of 36 graduate credit hours. Within the approved program are five core courses, one seminar course, 18 credit hours of electives, and optional experiential component (internship, cooperative work experience or project).

Core Courses (15 credit hours)

CMWS 500: Essential Quantitative Skills for Coastal and Marine Sciences (3 cr.)
CMWS 601: Coastal Marine and Wetland Processes (3 cr.)
CMWS 602: Coastal Marine and Wetland Ecology (3 cr.)
CMWS 603: Coastal and Wetland Policy and Management (3 cr.)
CMSS 617: Effective Scientific Communications: Preparing for Life as a Scientist (3 cr.)

Graduate Seminar Course (3 credit hours)

CMSS 609: Coastal and Marine System Science, Issues and Applications Seminar (1 cr., repeated 3 times)

Electives (18 credit hours)
Electives must be 500 level or above courses from BIOL, CHEM, CMWS, MATH, MSCI, PHYS or STAT or other approved graduate course.
A maximum of 9 credit hours at the 500 level may be used toward completing degree requirements. A maximum of 6 special topics or internship credits may be used towards completing degree requirements.

For course descriptions, view the Graduate Catalog »

Additional Information

Karen Fuss
Graduate Student Services Coordinator
Department of Coastal and Marine Systems Science
BCMW 108
843-349-4058
kfuss@coastal.edu

Richard Viso, Ph.D.
Graduate Programs Coordinator, Associate Professor
Department of Coastal and Marine Systems Science
BCMW 102
843-349-4022
rviso@coastal.edu

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