Overview

Students enrolled in the EVR program work at the intersection of science and society, addressing pressing ocean, coastal, and climate challenges central to long-term sustainability and resilience. Although course selections are tailored to match individual research and career objectives, our graduates acquire knowledge and expertise critical to ensuring the sustainability of natural resources. 

Admission Requirements

MS applicants must possess a BS or BA in any, relevant academic field. The GRE score is not required for admission. You may optionally submit your GRE score, but not all faculty will consider this information. Individual faculty members may consider GRE scores as part of a holistic evaluation of the candidates. Applicants whose first language is not English must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 550. All application requirements are available here.

Curriculum Requirements

The MES M.S. degree requires 30 total credits. 1
Core Courses3
MES M.S. students are required to complete one (1) of the following:
Biometrics in Marine Science
Statistics for Marine Scientists
Electives 221
Thesis Research6
Master's Thesis
Additional Requirements
Research Ethics
EVR Seminar 3
Proposal Defense 4
Total Credit Hours30

Sample Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
RSM 612 or MES 608 Statistics for Marine Scientists
or Biometrics in Marine Science
3
Approved Elective 3
Approved Elective 3
RSM 700 Research Ethics 0
 Credit Hours9
Spring
Approved Elective 3
Approved Elective 3
Approved Elective 3
 Credit Hours9
Second Year
Fall
Approved Elective 3
Approved Elective 3
 Credit Hours6
Spring
MES 810 Master's Thesis 3
 Credit Hours3
Summer
MES 810 Master's Thesis 3
 Credit Hours3
 Total Credit Hours30

Mission

The M.S. in Marine Ecosystems and Society (MES) fosters innovative, collaborative and multidisciplinary research and education centered on the conservation and sustainability of marine ecosystems and the services they provide to society.

Goals

Students acquire knowledge and expertise critical to ensuring the sustainability of natural resources. Tailored to their career objectives, students develop expertise in quantitative and qualitative disciplines for integrating the human and natural dimensions of environmental resources and understanding the implications of policy and regulatory frameworks.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an advanced understanding of a range of marine related disciplines, specifically relevant to their research (proposed and executed).
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills through the development and execution of an original research plan, including the application of appropriate methodologies.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate ideas effectively and professionally, both in writing and orally.