As an interdisciplinary program, Coastal and Ocean Policy students come from a wide range of academic and work backgrounds in pursuit of an equally wide range of goals.
MCOP students have a variety of backgrounds and interests. Such as....
- Graduates from STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) that wish to advance their expertise while also broadening their scope of knowledge to include the social sciences and policy relevant skills;
- Graduates from social sciences that wish to compliment their knowledge base with relevant natural and physical sciences while developing skills in policy analysis; and
- Those interested in exploring the nexus of science and society at the graduate level.
MCOP graduates have gone on to explore a wide range of opportunities including accepting positions in the following areas:
- Aquatic species research and monitoring supporting national sustainability policies
- Alternative energy industries
- Science communication constancy
- Leadership roles in implementing coastal and ocean policy for paramilitary agencies
- Non-profit organizations promoting coastal stewardship
Applications consist of the following:
- An application for graduate admission
- Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate)
- Official scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
- Three recommendations from individuals who are in a position to evaluate the applicant's professional competence as well as potential for graduate study (ideally at least one reference should be an academic instructor)
- A personal statement describing educational and professional experiences, their reasons for pursuing graduate study in public administration, and career goals
- Optional writing sample