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Master's Degree Overview

The Master's Degree in Coastal Marine and Wetland Science consists of two distinct degree tracks:

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


Program Requirements

Required Graduate Courses (30 Graduate Credit Hours)

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 towards completing degree requirements.


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

CMWS 700 or CMWS 701 (6)