Overview

The Master of Professional Science (MPS) in Coastal Zone Management (CZM) will introduce students 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

Prerequisites:
1. Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.)

All application requirements are available here.

Curriculum Requirements

The Coastal Zone Management (CZM) track requires the completion of one core course. 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 provided below. 

Core Course3
Students must complete one of the following courses:
Coastal Zone Management
Coastal Law and Policy
Electives21
Required Internship 12-6
MPS Internship
Total Credit Hours30
1

Enrollment in 2 - 6 internship credits required during a student's time in MPS. Completion of less than 2 internship credits must be approved by MPS Director. Students may enroll in more than 6 internship credits with the approval of the Program Director. Typically 2 semesters are needed to complete all aspects of the internship phase of MPS.

Suggested Electives

EVR 601Political Ecology of Marine Management3
EVR 602Economics of Natural Resources3
EVR 604Fieldwork in Coastal Management: Tourism, Conservation, and Development3
EVR 610Environmental Planning and the Environmental Impact Statement3
EVR 616Ocean Policy3
EVR 618Coastal Zone Management3
EVR 620Environmental Law and Policy3
EVR 625Fisheries Socioeconomics and Management3
EVR 626Submerged Cultural Resource Management3
EVR 630Port Operations and Policy3
EVR 631Marine and Coastal Protected Area Theory, Planning, Management, and Issues3
EVR 660
EVR 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory
3
EVR 662Intermediate Spatial Analysis3
EVR 671Marine Conservation Biology4
EVR 664Citizen and Participatory Science3
EVR 670Conservation and Management of Marine Mammals3
EVR 624Statistics and Data Analysis for Environmental Science and Policy3
EVR 673Marine Conservation Outreach3
EVR 677Management and Conservation of Marine Ecosystems3
EVR 710International Ocean Law and Governance3
MBE 612Aquaculture I3
MBE 613Aquaculture II Lab3
MBE 615Tropical Marine Ecology3
MBE 617Aquaculture IV: Aquaculture Business, Regulatory, and Environmental Considerations3
MBE 619Aquaculture III3
MBE 618Reef Coral Biology, Ecology, and Conservation3
MBE 621Field Techniques and Instrumentation in Tropical Marine Ecology3
RSM 612Statistics for Marine Scientists3
RSM 664Scientific Small Boating2
RSM 667Motorboat Operator Certification Course1
RSM 600Introduction to Research Diving Techniques3
RSM 620Climate and Society3

Plan of Study

The Coastal Zone Management (CZM) track requires the completion of one core course. 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 here.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
EVR 618 or 720 Coastal Zone Management
or Coastal Law and Policy
3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours12
Spring
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours12
Summer
EVR 805 MPS Internship 1 2-6
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours30
1

Enrollment in 2 - 6 internship credits required during a student's time in MPS. Completion of less than 2 internship credits must be approved by MPS Director. Students may enroll in more than 6 internship credits with the approval of the Program Director. Typically 2 semesters are needed to complete all aspects of the internship phase of MPS.

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.