College or University: University of Maine
Type of degree: M.S.
Brief overview of program: The Master of Science degree in Marine Policy in the School of Marine Sciences is designed to take advantage of the strong interdisciplinary nature of the School. All students in the program will receive training in the social science aspects of marine resource management, in oceanography, in marine biology and other marine sciences, in marine law, and in empirical methods. In addition, students will be expected to gain expertise in either living natural resources or coastal zone management. Each student will have an advisory committee of three faculty members. (Students in the marine policy program may also be enrolled in the dual degree program, see below. These students will have an advisory committee of four faculty, two in the natural sciences and two in the social sciences.)
The program offers both a thesis and a non-thesis option. Students selecting the thesis option will write a master's thesis that combines theoretical work and practical experience applied to pressing problems. A studentís advisory committee must approve a thesis plan in the second semester of the studentís enrollment in the program.
Students selecting the non-thesis option will undertake an internship with a government agency, a non-governmental organization in the marine area, or a private firm directly concerned with management of marine natural resources. An internship involves working for the equivalent of three months full time with the organization. Students in internships write a final paper linking their internship experience with the theoretical and practical literature on institutional management of marine resources. A studentís advisory committee must approve internship plans prior to beginning the internship.
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Program Point of Contact: Dr. William Ellis
Department: School of Marine Sciences
Institution address: University of Maine 360 Aubert Hall