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Marine Science and TechnologyPSM

Marine Science and Technology (PSM)

Today's professionals in the maritime sectors of industry, government, and non-governmental organizations are expected to develop policy and planning options, while managing both living and non-living marine resources based upon the best available science and technology. Similarly, technologists, engineers, and scientists are faced with managing personnel, funds, and businesses in increasingly challenging fiscal and policy environments.

Program Overview

UMass Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST) offers the COAST (Coastal and Ocean Administration, Science and Technology) Professional Science Master’s (PSM) program. This unique program is designed to enable students to enter the workforce immediately as advanced marine science, engineering, and technology professionals. For students currently employed, the COAST PSM is an excellent way to broaden their knowledge of the marine sciences and technology along with the business practices in their field, while advancing their own careers.

The COAST PSM degree is conferred through the University of Massachusetts’ system-wide Intercampus Marine Science program. This connection gives PSM students access to the resources and faculty of four campuses, and allows them to take courses elsewhere in the UMass system at UMass Dartmouth tuition rates.

Students are taught by some of the most distinguished faculty in the fields of marine science. SMAST faculty pursue cutting-edge research in biogeochemical cycling, coastal ecosystem dynamics and restoration, marine computational modeling, fisheries science and management, marine renewable energy, ocean observing/remote sensing, and ocean physics. Download COAST Fact Sheet.

 

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  • Completion of 11 courses, plus an internship
  • Courses include two core courses from among the 4 science core courses in biological, chemical, geological and
    physical oceanography
  • An additional, third core course in marine policy and/or management areas (including law and economics)
    is also required.
  • The remaining 8 elective courses include:
    4 science electives–12 credits
    2 elective “Plus” courses (includes such areas as communication, project management, and science leadership)–6 credits
    2 courses selected from science AND/OR “Plus” electives, chosen to fit the student’s area of concentration-6 credits

Marine Science and Technology Faculty

  • Successful applicants will have met the following criteria:
    Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Completion of an undergraduate major in one of the basic scientific disciplines or engineering, or strong multidisciplinary training
  • Completion of at least six semesters of coursework in the natural sciences, generally to include biology, chemistry, and/or physics
  • Preparation in mathematics at least through integral calculus is strongly encouraged
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (sent directly from ETS) are recommended for PSM applicants and required of all others. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required if the applicant is not a native English speaker. Typically, GREs should have a combined score of 1200 or greater. For the TOEFL, a minimum of 577 (233 on the computer based exam, 90-91 on the internet based exam) is highly recommended

Contact

Miles Sundermeyer

Professor
SMAST / Estuarine & Ocean Sciences
School for Marine Science & Technology West, New Bedford 110A

508-999-8892
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