M.S. Program - Coastal Carolina University
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M.S. Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies

The M.S. in Marine Science: Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies consist of two distinct degree tracks:

The M.S. in Marine Science: Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies facilitate 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, an 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 M.S. in Marine Science: 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 Systems 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

Professional Experience Option Degree Requirements

(36 Graduate Credit Hours)

The M.S. in Marine Science: Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies professional experience 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 an optional experiential component (internship, cooperative work experience, or project). Click here to learn more about the professional experience track.

Core Courses (15 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.)
CMWS 500: Essential Quantitative Skills for Coastal and Marine Sciences (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 Systems 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 »


Contact us for additional information or questions about the program.

William G. Ambrose Jr., Ph.D.
Professor/Vice Dean, School of the Coastal Environment
Interim Chair of Marine Science
Coastal Science Center 129A
843-349-2299
wambrose@coastal.edu
 
Erin Hackett, Ph.D. 
Professor/Director of Graduate Programs
Coastal Science Center 151A
843-349-4087
marine_graduate_info@coastal.edu 
 
Cobi Christiansen
Director of Marine Science Student Services
Coastal Science Center 151K
843-349-4058
marine_graduate_info@coastal.edu 

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