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. The program is intended for students interested in the application of science and policy. It is intended as a terminal degree but does not rule out continuation to a Ph.D. The course of study is two years.
All students in the program will receive training in the social science aspects of marine resource management, in marine sciences, 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.
A total of 30 credit hours, consisting of 24 hours of course credits and 6 credit hours for thesis/internship, are required to complete the M.S. in Marine Policy.
Six credit hours of required coursework
The following two courses are required and must be taken by each student in the program:
Eighteen credit hours of elective coursework
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. 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.
Six credit hours for thesis/internship
The program offers both a thesis and a non-thesis option.
Students selecting the thesis option take SMS 699 - Graduate Thesis (6 credit hours) and will write a master's thesis that combines theoretical work and research 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 take SMS 683 - Internship in Marine Policy (6 credit hours) and 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 or coastal zone management. 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. A student’s advisory committee must approve internship plans prior to beginning the internship.
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|
|ANT 464||Ecological Anthropology|
|ANT 550||Anthro. Dimens. of Environmental Policy|
|ANT 553||Inst. and Mngmt. Common Pool Resources|
|ANT 555||Resource Mngmt-Cross Cultural Perspective|
|ECO 420||Intermediate Microeconomics|
|ECO 477||Economics of Environmental and Res. Mgt.|
|ECO 581||Socio-ecological Systems Modeling|
|INT 563||Marine Benthic Ecology|
|SIE 510||Geographic Information Systems Applications|
|SMS 513||Broadening the Impacts|
|SMS 551||Marine Resource Management|
|SMS 552||Coupled Natural and Human Systems|
|SMS 557||Coast Pract. and Coastal Zone Managment|
|SMS 562||Fisheries Population Dynamics|
|SMS 567||Knowl. & Part in the Science Policy Process|
|SMS 597||Independent Study|
|SMS 598||Special Topics|
|SMS 598||Coastal and Marine Law|