UMass wins approval of groundbreaking multi-campus marine science degrees
The University of Massachusetts won final approval in October from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to offer masters and doctoral degrees from its new Inter-Campus Graduate School of Marine Sciences and Technology. The initiative will marshal the resources of its Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell campuses to create a center of excellence focusing on New England’s crucial marine resources.
The Inter-Campus Graduate School’s dean, Dr. Brian Rothschild, who is also director of the School for Marine Science and Technology at UMass Dartmouth, said, This degree program is a wonderful opportunity to bring the clusters of excellence at the four campuses into a coherent program of education, research, and public service to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Once in full operation, the school will enroll approximately 100 masters and 50 doctoral students in its degree programs. The students would earn degrees bearing the names of the four campuses. They will go on to hold policy-making positions in the public sector and senior positions in the marine industry, as well as scientific and academic posts.
There are currently 76 faculty and professional staff affiliated with the Inter-Campus Graduate School (IGS). The initial curriculum includes 73 courses spanning the sciences and public policy.
Students will study at the four campuses as well as at the marine laboratory in New Bedford and university field stations in Gloucester and Nantucket. Distance learning technology will allow students to take courses and communicate with faculty and their peers at every university location.
The marine industry makes a major contribution to the Massachusetts economy, employing more than 80,000 people who earned nearly $2 billion in areas including fishing, tourism, marine instrumentation, and water transportation, according to a study released by UMass Dartmouth last year.
Among the areas for study: environmental issues relating to harbors and coastlines, fish population management, aquaculture, seafood-industry issues, marine and coastal engineering, the impact of climatic change on the coastal and ocean environment, management of wetlands and remediating environmental impacts caused by development and pollution.