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Coastal & Ocean Policy, M.S.

Exploring creative, scientifically sound solutions to coastal and ocean governance problems through research, regional engagement and the education of future leaders
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    Best 2022-23 National Public University by U.S.News & World Report

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    UNC System Schools Highlighted in 2023 Fiske Guide

  • 75

    Years Enhancing Students' Lives Through Education, Research & Service

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Learn To

Explore how the political landscape shapes the role of science and expertise in policymaking

Develop skills in policy analysis, public budgeting, environmental economics, and nongovernmental organization management

Gain knowledge in the natural and physical science relevant to coastal and ocean problems

Coastal and Ocean Policy, M.S. Program Overview

The degree prepares you for a career in:

  • Lead agencies responsible for creating and implementing environmental policies.
  • Support biodiversity through the protection of ocean wildlife and delicate habitats
  • Develop community resilience plans
  • Explore the development and implementation of renewable and clean energy sources
  • Guide businesses and communities through important environmental regulatory processes
  • Amplify and explain the work of scientists
  • Advance the interests of socially and environmentally responsible businesses
  • Work with nonprofits to promote coastal stewardship

Are You an International Student?

This is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security STEM designated program that allows eligible F1 international students to apply for a 24-month optional practical training extension.