Ph.D. Program - Coastal Carolina University
In This Section

Graduate Programs

Ph.D. Coastal and Marine Systems Science

The Ph.D. in Marine Science: Coastal and Marine Systems Science facilitates students to work with faculty on original research expanding and applying knowledge of coastal systems. Emphasis is on developing predictive capabilities of coastal environmental systems and infusing an appreciation of associated environmental policy development.


  • 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 curriculum for the Ph.D. in Marine Science: Coastal and Marine Systems Science (60 credit hours) is as follows:

CORE COURSES (21 credit hours)

CMSS 605 Coastal and Marine Hydrodynamics (3)
CMSS 606 Coastal and Marine Geological Processes (3)
CMSS 607 Coastal and Marine Bio-Geochemistry (3)
CMWS 603 Coastal and Wetland Policy and Management (3)
CMSS 608 Coastal and Marine Systems Science, Issues and Applications (2)
CMSS 610 Temporal and Spatial Analysis or
CMSS 611 Modeling Coastal and Marine Systems (3)
CMSS 609 Coastal and Marine Systems Science Seminar * (4)


Graduate coursework approved from an earned master's degree and/or required by a student's Graduate Advisory Committee.

DISSERTATION RESEARCH (12-21 credit hours)

* One credit-hour course required for four semesters.
** With the approval of the graduate director, a student's Graduate Advisory Committee may specify other coursework to satisfy the core or specialized course requirements to suit a student's particular needs and the objectives of the curriculum.

For course descriptions, please view the Graduate Catalog »

Additional Information

Richard Viso, Ph.D.
Associate Professor/Graduate Director
Coastal Science Center 151J | 843-349-4022