College or University: University of Rhode Island
Type of degree: M.A.
Brief overview of program: The Graduate School of Oceanography and the Department of Marine Affairs of the College of Environment and Life Sciences are offering a Joint Degree Program in which students simultaneously take an Oceanography Ph.D. and a Master of Marine Affairs (M.M.A.) degree. The program in Marine Affairs focuses on ocean/coastal management, policy, and law and the joint degree program will prepare scientists with policy knowledge and skills needed in many contemporary professional positions, both inside and outside of government. At the discretion of the cognizant Major Professor, up to six credits from each degree may be counted toward the degree requirements of the other, thus, reducing the total requirements by up to 12 credits (to 66 + 24 = 90). Students wishing to enroll in the Joint Degree Program must apply to be admitted to both the Marine Affairs Department's M.M.A. program and the GSO Ph.D. degree program. To ensure adequate marine experience, a student in the program may not be nominated for the M.M.A. degree until the comprehensive examinations in the oceanography doctoral program are successfully completed.
Website: Click here for program website
Number of students enrolled in 2007: 15
Description of Facilities: Scientific Facilities
Because of the wide range of research activities conducted at GSO, an extensive and specialized array of scientific and technical equipment and services is required. Most of the laboratories and instrument facilities are state-of-the-art and unique to GSO.
Center for Atmospheric Chemistry Studies
GSO Paleomagnetics Laboratory
Marine Ecosystems Research Laboratory (MERL)
Marine Geological Samples Laboratory
Oceanographic Remote Sensing Laboratory
Physical Oceanographic Facilities
Research Diving Web Site
A number of research laboratories at the Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) can provide analytical services on a per sample basis or by arrangement. In addition, GSO has a machining and fabrication facility, seawater facilities, and a pressure test facility that can be used, by arrangement, by persons outside of the University of Rhode Island. In addition to facilities and specific analytical services, arrangements may be made with individual or teams of researchers to test materials, equipment, etc. For general information or for inquiries concerning services that are not covered in the list of analytical and fabrication services at right or below, please contact:
Program Faculty: The faculty includes:
Prof. Richard Burroughs, Ph.D., Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and MIT
Prof. Tracey Dalton, Ph.D.,Environmental, Coastal, and Ocean Sciences, University of Massachusetts (Boston)
Prof. Lawrence Juda, Ph.D. Political Science/International Relations, Columbia University
Prof. Seth Macinko, Ph.D. Environmental Science, Policy, Management, University of California (Berkeley)
Prof. Bruce Marti, Ph.D., Geography, University of Florida
Prof. Dennis Nixon, J.D. University of Cincinnati Law School
Prof. Richard Pollnac, Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Missouri
Prof. Robert Thompson, J.D./Ph.D. Community Planning, University of California (Berkeley)
Student Support: Financial aid includes departmental graduate assistantships and research support through faculty project support and undergraduate university scholarships.??????
Program Point of Contact: Prof. Lawrence Juda
Department: Marine Affairs
Institution address: University of Rhode Island Washburn Hall
Phone: (401) 874-2596