Marine Conservation

Master Of Professional Science

Marine Conservation Degree Track

The Professional Master Degree in Marine Conservation provides students with advanced training in both the theoretical aspects of marine science and conservation, as well as the practical aspects required to begin a career in this field. This degree track is unique in that students design a curriculum that emphasizes their personal goals and interests, while focusing on innovative solutions to current marine ecosystem and organism threats. The goal of the track is to advance conservation efforts, scientific literacy and communication, public outreach and integration, and education within the marine realm. Practical aspects of the program will vary between individuals but may include exposure to field methods and techniques, GIS and remote sensing of shallow water marine environments, the development of environmental impact statements, coastal law, the development of social media, scientific communication, and statistics for environmental management.

This program includes two semesters of coursework and a 3–6 month internship at one of a number of local federal agencies, institutions, and NGO’s, in which students apply both the theory and practical aspects of their training to real-world projects. University of Miami students from several disciplines, including science, communication, law, education and engineering, will have the opportunity to participate in exciting hands-on field and virtual learning experiences. This degree provides excellent preparation for employment in areas of marine conservation, management, media, education, and ecosystem science.

Marine Conservation (MCO)

The goal of the track is to advance conservation efforts, scientific literacy and communication, public outreach and integration, and education within the marine realm. Practical aspects of the program will vary between individuals but may include exposure to field methods and techniques, GIS and remote sensing of shallow water marine environments, the development of environmental impact statements, coastal law, the development of social media, scientific communication, and statistics for environmental management.

Plan of Study Grid

Total Credit Hours31-32
FallCredit Hours
MES 671 Marine Conservation Biology: An Ecosystem-Based Paradigm 3
RSM 600Research Diving Techniques (or ELECTIVE) 3
RSM 612 or MES 608 Statistics for Environmental Management (or ELECTIVE)
or Biometrics in Marine Science
3
MES 620, 720,
or 616
Environmental Law (or ELECTIVE)
or Coastal Law and Policy
or Ocean Policy and Development and Analysis
3
Credit Hours12
SpringCredit Hours
RSM 645Scientific Communication (or ELECTIVE) 3
MES 710 or 618International Ocean Law And Governance
or Coastal Zone Management
3
MES 673Marine Conservation Outreach (or ELECTIVE) 3
MES 660
& MES 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory (Can be taken in Fall or Spring)
3
Credit Hours12
SummerCredit Hours
MES 805MPS Internship6
Credit Hours6
Elective Options

Students may take any elective on the RSMAS campus with the consent of their faculty advisor. Below are a few examples of courses past students in this program used as electives.

Additional Elective Options

CodeTitleCredit Hours
MES 606Advanced Fieldwork in Coastal Cultures3
RSM 620Climate and Society3
MES 720Coastal Law and Policy3
MES 602Economics of Natural Resources3
MES 604Fieldwork in Coastal Management: Tourism, Conservation, and Development3
MES 625Fisheries Socioeconomics and Management3
MES 626Submerged Cultural Resource Management3
MBE 642Oceans and Human Health3
RSM 600Research Diving Techniques3
MES 662Spatial Analysis: Intermediate Course in Marine GIS3
RSM 612Statistics for Environmental Management3
MBE 615Tropical Marine Ecology3
For more details, visit the UM Bulletin