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Graduate Programs

Marine Policy

School of Marine Science Graduate Programs
The Master of Science degree in Marine Policy in the School of Marine Sciences is designed to take advantage of the strong interdisciplinary nature of the School. All students in the program will receive training in the social science aspects of marine resource management, in oceanography, in marine biology and other marine sciences, in marine law, and in empirical methods. In addition, students will be expected to gain expertise in either living natural resources or coastal zone management.

The program offers both a thesis and a non-thesis option. Students selecting the thesis option will write a master's thesis that combines theoretical work and practical experience applied to pressing problems. A student’s advisory committee must approve a thesis plan in the second semester of the student’s enrollment in the program.

Students selecting the non-thesis option will undertake an internship with a government agency, a non-governmental organization in the marine area, or a private firm directly concerned with management of marine natural resources. An internship involves working for the equivalent of three months, full time with the organization. Students in internships write a final paper linking their internship experience with the theoretical and practical literature on institutional management of marine resources. A student’s advisory committee must approve internship plans prior to beginning the internship.

Program Coordinator

Teresa Johnson

200 Libby Hall, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5741

(207) 581-4362

teresa.johnson@umit.maine.edu

 

Degree requirements

A total of 30 hours of course credits are required to complete the M.S. in Marine Policy. The program is designed to give students as much flexibility as possible so that they can take advantage of the various faculty specialties available to them within the School of Marine Sciences and elsewhere in the University. The student and his or her committee will design a program of study. The following courses must be included in each program:

SMS 552 Ecological Approaches to Marine Resource Management and
SMS 553 Institutions and the Management of Common Pool Resources

Additionally, students will take at least six hours in one of the following courses in order to complete the internship or thesis requirement.

SMS 683 - Internship in Marine Policy
SMS 699 - Graduate Thesis

Students will usually take all of their courses at the University of Maine either on the Orono campus or at the Darling Marine Center, but courses taken at the University of Maine School of Law (in Portland) or elsewhere may be credited toward the degree.

Programs of study

Students will be expected to develop special expertise in one area of marine resource management. Ordinarily, these specialties will be in the management of living natural resources or in coastal zone management. Students interested in other areas of specialization should consult with the program coordinator before matriculation.

Sample programs of study are illustrated here:

For a student primarily interested in fisheries management and enrolled only in the marine policy degree:

SMS 501 Biological Oceanography
SMS 531 Coral Reefs
SMS 551 Fisheries Management
SMS 552 Ecological Approaches to Marine Resource Management
SMS 553 Institutions and the Management of Common Pool Resources
SMS 557 Coastal Processes and Coastal Zone Management
SMS 562 Fish Population Dynamics
INT 563 Marine Benthic Ecology
MAT 437 Statistics Methods in Research
ECO 420 Microeconomics
SMS 699 Graduate Thesis

For a student primarily interested in coastal zone management and enrolled only in the marine policy degree:

SIE 509 Principles Geographic Information Systems
SMS 552 Ecological Approaches to Marine Resource Management
SMS 553 Institutions and the Management of Common Pool Resources
SMS 558 History of Uses and Abuses of the Coastal Zone
SMS 555 Resource Management in Cross-culture Perspectives
SMS 557 Coastal Processes and Coastal Zone Management
SMS 598 Special Topics: Ocean & Coastal Law and Policy
PAA 627 Environmental Policy and Management
ECO 420 Microeconomics
SMS 699 Graduate Thesis

Courses available to students

A student and his or her advisory committee can draw upon a large variety of courses both within SMS and elsewhere at UMaine when designing a program of study. The list below is intended to be illustrative only. Other courses are not  precluded.

Course Number Course Name Likely Semester
SMS 555 Resource Mngmt-Cross Cultural Perspective Fall
SMS 552 Ecol Approach Fisheries Mngmt Spring
SMS 553 Inst and Mngmt Common Pool Resources Spring
SMS 557 Coast Prac. And Coast. Zone Mngmt Fall
SMS 597 Independent Study All
SMS 683 MP Internship All
SMS 558 Historical uses and Abuses of the Coast Spring
SMS 562 Fisheris Population Dynamics Fall
SMS 598 Coastal and Marine Law Fall
SMS 597 Multivariate analysis in fish ecol Fall/All
SMS 551 Fisheries Mngmt Spring
SMS 554 Introduction to Bioeconomic Modeling UNK
SMS 699 Graduate Thesis All
REP 475 Res. Eco and Pol. App of GIS Fall
REP 581 Sust Development Spring
REP 495 Applied GIS Fall
REP 471 Economics of Management Fall
PAA 627 Env. Mngmt and Politics Fall
PAA 625 Environmental Management and Policy UNK
SIE 510 Apps of GIS Spring
SIE 509 Principles of GIS Fall
SIE 512 Spatial Analysis UNK
INT 563 Marine Benthic Ecology Spring
INT 510 Marine Invertabrate Zoology Fall
ECO 420 Intermediate Microeconomics UNK
ECO 410 Introduction to Economic Analysis UNK
WLE 545 Management of Endangered and Threatened Species Spring
SMS 302 Oceanography Fall

 

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