Overview: Coastal Zone Management  (CZM)

Students will be introduced to the legal and governance frameworks on topics such as coastal fisheries management, marine protected areas, port management, tourism development, environmental impact assessment, and oil exploration.

Admission Requirements

Accepting applications for Fall 2020 admissions:

  • July 25th, 2019 - July 20th, 2020 (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents)
  • July 25th, 2019 - June 1st, 2020 (International Applicants)

Accepting applications for Spring 2021 admissions:

  • Now until December 1st, 2020 (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents)
  • Now until November 1st, 2020 (International Applicants)

An application to the MPS program consists of the following (fall & spring admissions only):

If admission to the MPS program is granted, it will be contingent upon receipt of all items listed above (including official transcripts and test scores) and the following for international applicants:

Permanent Residents must provide a color copy of Permanent Resident Card (Green Card).

Previous graduate and undergraduate scholastic performance, work and volunteer experience, valid test scores (GRE, TOEFL/IELTS), and letters of recommendation are all considered in evaluating an applicant.

Transcript from U.S. Academic Institutions:

Please make sure you possess the required undergraduate coursework and/or degree before applying. Official transcripts must be mailed or e-mailed directly from the relevant academic institution (Office of the Registrar) to the MPS office.  Our email is mps@rsmas.miami.edu; mailing address is available on the MPS website's Contact Us page. If an applicant is not able to submit an unofficial  transcript with his/her application, the applicant may submit unofficial transcripts via email to mps@rsmas.miami.edu. Please be advised, official transcripts will only be accepted if they are sent to us directly from the academic institution. Transcripts sent by you or issued to you (even if they are in a sealed envelope) are not considered official and will not be accepted for full admissions purposes.

Transcripts from Non-U.S. Academic Institutions:

All graduate applicants who received degrees or are currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program from a college or university outside the United States (except applicants to Law* and Nursing**) must submit official transcripts and diplomas (if available) from all colleges and universities to an approved international credentialing agency. Applicants attending a non-U.S. institution for non-credit must also submit academic records to an approved evaluation agency.

Transcripts in a language other than English must be provided in that language and must be accompanied by a certified English translation.  International applicants must also submit a copy of his/her diploma in the official language of the country from which the degree was awarded and provide a certified English translation of the diploma. Submit these items to an approved international credentialing agency. Follow the specific instructions of the selected evaluation agency to request a course-by-course evaluation with degree equivalency and grade point average (GPA) calculation. Applicants must request that the evaluation report and copy of all the official documents used in the evaluation are sent directly from the approved evaluation agency to the MPS office mps@rsmas.miami.edu.

  • Josef Silny & Associates (JS&A), Inc, International Education Consultants, is the preferred evaluation vendor for international applicants to the University of Miami due to their competitive prices and high-quality service. Click here for more information, including the Application for Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials.
  • Please note that international applicants are not required to use the services of JS&A. The international credential evaluation services of any approved vendor may be used. Click here to view a list of approved vendors.
  • Please be sure the vendor sends your evaluation directly to mps@rsmas.miami.edu.
  • Evaluation Fee - Applicants are responsible for the evaluation fee. Please note that failure to comply with these instructions may cause significant delays in the review and processing of your application, and therefore also significant delays in the processing of your I-20.

Letters of Recommendation:

Three (3) letters of recommendation are required for admissions consideration. Each applicant must request letters of recommendation from three (3) different references using the guidelines provided in the online application. Applications from CollegeNet may be submitted without letters of recommendation. However, an applicant’s file will not be reviewed by Track Leaders until all required admissions materials (including letters of recommendation) are received by the MPS office. Upon completion of the application, your references will receive an e-mail from CollegeNet, requesting the online submission of the required documentation (questionnaire + letter of recommendation).

Academic references are ideal and highly preferred, but we will accept letters from employers and/or supervisors. Please do not request letters from friends, family, ministers, or coaches. If your references have trouble using the online submission portal, they may e-mail their letters (signed and on letterhead) to the MPS office at mps@rsmas.miami.edu. We cannot accept letters that are not signed. Letters sent by the applicant or forwarded to the MPS office by the applicant will not be accepted.

GRE:

Due to COVID-19, the GRE requirement is suspended for Fall 2020 admissions only.

The MPS office must receive your official Graduate Record Examination Test (GRE  http://www.ets.org/gre) scores directly from ETS. Please use institution code 7690 (department code) when submitting your request with ETS. This code indicates delivery of test scores to the RSMAS campus, home of the MPS office. 

A minimum, combined score of 297 (Verbal + Quantitative only) is required for admissions consideration. Applicants must also complete the Analytical Writing section of the GRE. However, the Analytical Writing score will not be calculated into your combined score, nor will it be used for tuition waiver eligibility. To learn about our merit-based partial tuition waivers, please visit our Financing Your Education page.

TOEFL/IELTS (for Non-native English Speakers):

To prove language proficiency, students must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

  • Paper Based TOEFL (PBT) - minimum score is 550
  • Internet Based TOEFL (IBT) - minimum score is 80
  • IELTS (Academic) - minimum score is 6.5

Please use institution code 2919 (no department code). This institution code is for the TOEFL only; please note that the GRE institution code is different (see above). 

If English is not your native language, the TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived if you hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from an academic institution within the United States or from one of the following English-speaking countries:

·       Antigua and Barbuda

·       Australia

·       Bahamas

·       Barbados

·       Belize

·       Canada (except Quebec)

·       Dominica

·       Grenada

·       Guyana

·       Ireland

·       Jamaica

·       New Zealand

·       Kitts and Nevis

·       Lucia

·       Vincent and the Grenadines

·       Trinidad and Tobago

·       United Kingdom

Intensive English Program (IEP):

The University of Miami’s Division of Continuing and International Education offers a fully-accredited Intensive English Program (IEP) to prepare individuals to understand and use English in a variety of academic, professional, and personal situations. Some of the services that the IEP offers graduate students include an international teaching assistant training course, customized classes, LL.M. Intensive English, and volunteer opportunities.

Personal Statement (statement of purpose):

Please indicate your track of choice, and all relevant field, lab, and work experience (past and present) in your personal statement. Include your academic and professional goals, and how you envision the MPS program contributing to those goals. We strongly encourage you to include information and/or links to relevant publications, organizations, research projects, supervisors, collaborators, results, and your role in relation to this.  

MPS Mailing Address:

University of Miami
Rosenstiel School Campus, MPS Office, Room S/A 132
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149

Email: mps@rsmas.miami.edu

Website: https://mps.rsmas.miami.edu/index.html 

Phone: (305) 421-4340

Fax: (305) 421-4246

Curriculum Requirements

Coastal Zone Management (MES 618) is the only required class for this track, all other classes are selected on a case by case basis during academic advisement. Enrollment in 2- 6 internship credits required during a student's time in MPS. Completion of less than 2 intenrship credits must be approved by MPS Director. Typically 2 semesters are needed to complete all aspects of the internship phase of MPS. 30
Potential Courses
Political Ecology of Marine Management
Economics of Natural Resources
Fieldwork in Coastal Management: Tourism, Conservation, and Development
Advanced Fieldwork in Coastal Cultures
Environmental Planning and the Environmental Impact Statement
Aquaculture I
Aquaculture II Lab
Aquaculture III
Coastal Zone Management
Environmental Law and Policy
Fisheries Socioeconomics and Management
Submerged Cultural Resource Management
Port Operations and Policy
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory
Intermediate Spatial Analysis
Marine Conservation Biology
Ocean Policy and Development and Analysis
Aquaculture IV: Aquaculture Business, Regulatory, and Environmental Considerations
Citizen and Participatory Science
Conservation and Management of Marine Mammals
Biometrics in Marine Science
Marine Conservation Outreach
Management and Conservation of Marine Ecosystems
International Ocean Law and Governance
Tropical Marine Ecology
Reef Coral Biology, Ecology, and Conservation
Field Techniques and Instrumentation in Tropical Marine Ecology
Statistics for Marine Scientists
Motorboat Operator Certification Course
Research Diving Techniques
Climate and Society
MPS Internship (* Required)
Marine and Coastal Protected Area Theory, Planning, Management, and Issues
Total Credit Hours30

Plan of Study

The Coastal Zone Management (CZM) track requires completion of one core course, MES 618, Coastal Zone Management. The rest of the curriculum will be decided on a case-by-case basis during academic advising. However, students select from a variety of multidisciplinary courses across many departments and schools at RSMAS/UM, in a holistic effort to meet their personal and professional goals. A list of suggested electives is available on the CZM track page of the MPS website. Completion of 2-6 internship credits are required during a student's time in the the MPS program; exceptions to this must be approved by the Chair of the student's committee and the MPS Director.

Mission

This track provides students with interdisciplinary training in the theoretical aspects of marine science and conservation, as well as advanced knowledge of the legal and governance frameworks for careers in environmental consulting, marine Geographical Information Systems (GIS), assessment and management of coastal ecosystem, resources, and related industries.

Goals

The goal of the Coastal Zone Management track exposes students to the development of environmental impact statements, advanced knowledge of coastal and/or ocean law and policy, and training in statistics for environmental management. By selecting courses from various departments at RSMAS and other schools within UM, and participation in an internship, students learn applications of the legal and governance frameworks for areas such as coastal fisheries management, marine protected areas, port management, tourism development, environmental impact assessment, and oil exploration.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to understand the legal and governance frameworks related to coastal fisheries and other marine resource management, tourism development, environmental impact assessment, and oil exploration, for the development and application of comprehensive marine conservation strategies and policies.
  • Students will demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of field and lab work during their internships.
  • Students will submit a final written report and deliver a final presentation based on the work completed in their internship.