Coastal Zone Management

Master Of Professional Science

Coastal Zone Management Degree Track

Over half of the world’s population resides in growing coastal areas. These areas are major economic engines, supporting port and shipping, tourism, fisheries, aquaculture, and oil and gas mining activities. The coastal zone — comprised of nearshore waters and lands — represents some of the most fragile habitats on the planet. Balancing economic activities with sensitive habitats and high population density is a major challenge that resource managers face in the 21st Century. Similarly, adaptation to climate change, sea level rise, coastal erosion, and hurricanes pose additional challenges for coastal managers. The track in Coastal Zone Management will introduce participants to the legal and governance frameworks in this increasingly important discipline. Coursework will integrate topics such as coastal fisheries management, marine protected areas, port management, tourism development, environmental impact assessment, and oil exploration. Students will have opportunities to engage in internships with private, public or non-governmental agencies (NGO’s) and conduct relevant fieldwork. Additional internship possibilities also exist with environmental advocacy groups and consulting firms. This track is part of the Marine Ecosystems and Society Department at RSMAS, which has long-established links and study sites in Panamá (among other countries), where students receive hands-on experience and work directly on coastal zone management issues.

There is no specific coursework required in this track. 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.

This track in Coastal Management will introduce participants to the legal and governance frameworks in this unique and fragile coastal area. Students will also have the opportunity to select a specialty in an area that links to coastal management, such as fisheries, marine protected areas, port management, aquaculture, or oil exploration. They will also have an opportunity to engage in an internship experience and fieldwork with international, national, state, or local coastal management government institutions, depending on their personal interest. Other internship possibilities also exist with environmental advocacy groups and consulting firms. The program also has long-established links and study experiences in coastal management in Panamá, among other countries.

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.

Course List

CodeTitleCredit Hours
Courses for this program are selected on a case by case basis during academic advisement.30
Potential Courses
MES 601Political Ecology of Marine Management
MES 602Economics of Natural Resources
MES 604 Fieldwork in Coastal Management: Tourism, Conservation, and Development
MES 606Advanced Fieldwork in Coastal Cultures
MES 610Environmental Planning and the Environmental Impact Statement
MES 612Aquaculture I
MES 613Aquaculture II Lab
MES 619Aquaculture III
MES 618Coastal Zone Management
MES 620Environmental Law
MES 625Fisheries Socioeconomics and Management
MES 626Submerged Cultural Resource Management
MES 630Port Operations and Policy
MES 660
& MES 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory
MES 662Spatial Analysis: Intermediate Course in Marine GIS
MES 671Marine Conservation Biology: An Ecosystem-Based Paradigm
MES 616Ocean Policy and Development and Analysis
MES 617Legal Environment And Business Planning In Aquaculture
MES 664Citizen & Participatory Science
MES 670Conservation and Management of Marine Mammals
MES 608Biometrics in Marine Science
MES 673Marine Conservation Outreach
MES 677Management And Conservation Of Marine Ecosystems
MES 710International Ocean Law And Governance
MBE 615Tropical Marine Ecology
MBE 618Reef Coral Biology, Ecology, and Conservation
MBE 621 Field Techniques and Instrumentation in Tropical Marine Ecology
RSM 612Statistics for Environmental Management
RSM 667 Motorboat Operator Certificate Course
RSM 600Research Diving Techniques
RSM 620Climate and Society
MES 805MPS Internship (* Required)
Total Credit Hours30
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