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The UMass Dartmouth School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST) offers advanced degrees in marine sciences, through either the Department of Fisheries Oceanography or the Department of Estuarine and Ocean Sciences. SMAST is also part of the system-wide University of Massachusetts Intercampus Marine Science Program, granting MS and PhD (doctoral) degrees.

Degree options

Master of Science in Marine Science and Technology 

Students may choose either a thesis or non-thesis option. The thesis option requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, and the non-thesis option requires 33 credit hours. 

Professional Science Masters in Coast and Ocean Administration, Science, and Technology

This two-year program offers a unique opportunity for students who wish to pursue a non-thesis degree that focuses on marine science and engineering management, policy, or law. The COAST-PSM program has a flexible course structure, including online courses.

Doctorate/PhD in Marine Science and Technology 

This program includes four core courses taken by all students (12 credits), courses in concentration area beyond the core, seminars, and dissertation research.

Dual PhD Program with University of São Paulo Institute of Oceanography

This international initiative allows graduate students from UMass Dartmouth and the University of Sao Paulo to participate in each of the universitys' programs while being co-supervised by two faculty members, one from each institution.

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