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Marine Policy and Marine Science

College or University: University of Maine

Type of degree: M.S.

Brief overview of program: The School of Marine Sciences offers a unique, strongly interdisciplinary dual degree program in marine policy and science. The program was initiated in part with a generous grant from the Kendall Foundation. The dual-degree program is intended for students interested in the application of science and policy in government agencies, non-governmental organizations, or industry. The program is intended to provide terminal degrees but does not rule out continuation to a Ph.D. The course of study is normally three years. It leads to two master's degrees: one in marine science (specializing in oceanography or marine biology or aquaculture) and one in marine policy. The marine science and policy program is based on the idea that good conservation requires: 1. A sophisticated understanding of the role and limits of science in the policy process; 2. An equally sophisticated understanding of the institutional processes necessary to resolve collective action dilemmas; and 3. The wide dissemination of this knowledge among resource users and others concerned with the management of marine resources.

Website: Click here for program website

Program Point of Contact: Dr. William Ellis


Department: School of Marine Sciences

Institution address: University of Maine 360 Aubert Hall
                             Orono,ME 04469-5706

Phone: 207-581-4360


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This project is supported, in part, by the NationalScience Foundation.  Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily the Foundation .