Overview

The University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science conducts world-class research on the earth systems responsible for natural disasters, including the atmosphere, the ocean and solid earth. To meet society’s need for a skilled workforce, the Natural Hazards and Catastrophes track, within the Master of Professional Science (MPS) program, offers an educational opportunity for students seeking to fill positions offered by the private and civil sectors to assess risks and exposures associated with natural hazards. 

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites:

  1. Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.)
  2. At least one of the following: one semester of Statistics or Calculus or 6 credits in Geoscience

Note to students: Deficiencies in required coursework may be considered on a case by case basis for otherwise highly qualified students or those demonstrating experience with these skills.

All application requirements are available here.

Curriculum Requirements

RSM 612Statistics for Marine Scientists3
or EVR 624 Statistics and Data Analysis for Environmental Science and Policy
EVR 620Environmental Law and Policy (or ELECTIVE)3
EVR 633Decision Analysis: Natural Hazards and Catastrophes3
MGS 635Geological Hazards3
OCE 637Natural Hazards: Atmosphere and Ocean3
MGS 634Hydrological Hazards3
EVR 660
EVR 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory
3
RSM 613Statistical Modeling of Extreme and Rare Events (or ELECTIVE)3
OCE 805MPS Internship 12-6
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. Typically 2 semesters are needed to complete all aspects of the internship phase of MPS.

Elective Options

Students may substitute elective coursework for one or more of the above courses with the consent of their faculty advisor. Below are a few examples of courses past students in this program used as electives.

OCE 676Wave Propagation in the Ocean Environment3
ATM 765General Circulation of the Atmosphere3
ATM 731Air-Sea Interaction3
EVR 720Coastal Law and Policy3
EVR 618Coastal Zone Management3
EVR 620Environmental Law and Policy3
EVR 610Environmental Planning and the Environmental Impact Statement3
MGS 614Geophysics3
EPH 612Global Health3
EPH 600Introduction to the Science Practice of Public Health3
ATM 651Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics3
EVR 630Port Operations and Policy3
MGS 679Plate Tectonics3
OCE 606Introduction to Ocean Remote Sensing3
MSC 321Scientific Computing in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences3
CAE 660Sustainable Construction3
EPH 640Urban Environment and Public Health3
CAE 630Water Resources Engineering II3
OCE 721Waves and Tides I3
OCE 624Applied Data Analysis3

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
RSM 612 or EVR 624 Statistics for Marine Scientists
or Statistics and Data Analysis for Environmental Science and Policy
3
EVR 620 Environmental Law and Policy * 3
EVR 633 Decision Analysis: Natural Hazards and Catastrophes 3
MGS 635 Geological Hazards 3
 Credit Hours12
Spring
OCE 637 Natural Hazards: Atmosphere and Ocean 3
MGS 634 Hydrological Hazards 3
EVR 660
EVR 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory 1
3
RSM 613 Statistical Modeling of Extreme and Rare Events * 3
 Credit Hours12
Summer
OCE 805 MPS Internship 2 2-6
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours30
*

or Elective

1

Can be taken in Fall or Spring

2

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. Typically 2 semesters are needed to complete all aspects of the internship phase of MPS.

Mission

The mission of the Natural Hazards and Catastrophes track is to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to understand earth system natural hazards (atmospheric, oceanic, geological and hydrological) and the data analytics tools required to assess the associated risks. The strategic selection of electives exposes students to legal and regulatory knowledge, communication and media training, and the development of project management skills, all designed to prepare them to address these challenges as future global leaders. MPS Natural Hazards and Catastrophes prepares its students for employment in several sectors, including insurance and re-insurance industry, architecture, emergency management, engineering, public health and science.

Goals

The goal of the Natural Hazards and Catastrophes track is to provide students with the knowledge necessary to understand earth system natural hazards (atmospheric, oceanic, geological and hydrological) and provide training of data analytics tools (e.g. statistics, data management, programming, GIS, and remote sensing) for the assessment of associated risks. With this training and advanced knowledge of natural earth system hazards, students are better prepared for employment in several sectors, including insurance and re-insurance industry, architecture, emergency management, engineering, public health and science.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will understand earth system natural hazards (atmospheric, oceanic, geological and hydrological) and apply data analytics tools (e.g. statistics, data management, programming, GIS, and remote sensing) required to assess associated risks. In addition, students will develop project management skills, understand the legal and regulatory frameworks and regulations, apply communication and media training to address earth system natural hazards .
  • Students will demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of field and lab work during their internships.
  • Students will submit a written, final report and deliver a final presentation based on the work completed in their internship.