IMS Program

The University of Massachusetts Intercampus Marine Science (IMS) graduate program brings ‌together expertise in marine science and related fields under the umbrella of the entire University of Massachusetts system. The IMS mission involves scientific understanding, management, economic growth, and sustainability of our marine environments.

The multidisciplinary program focuses on the aquatic ecosystem and its contribution to humanity, and provides a unique learning experience for students and professors alike who engage with local, regional, and worldwide partners. UMass Dartmouth hosted the 8th Annual Intercampus Marine Science Research Symposium, which celebrates research being conducted by faculty and students across the UMass system.

Option Areas of Study

UMass IMS program offers seven (7) option areas to choose from, providing you with a broad spectrum to study–from the boundless nature of our outer atmosphere to the microscopic inner workings of the human body.

  • Marine and Atmospheric System Modeling and Analysis (MASMA)
  • Coastal Systems Science (CSS)
  • Integrated Coastal Management (ICM)
  • Living Marine Resources Science and Management (LMRSM)
  • Marine Biogeochemical Cycles and Environmental Change (MBEC)
  • Marine Observation Technologies (MOT)
  • Ocean and Human Health (OHH)

To learn more about each option, visit the Options Areas of Study page on the IMS website.

Interested students apply to an individual UMass “home” campus, and receive the following benefits from any of our partner institutions.

  • Intercampus faculty mentorship
  • Cross-campus enrollment in a variety of relevant graduate courses
  • Cross-campus collaboration for research opportunities
  • Resource sharing and library access are all available to IMS students

Visit the IMS website to learn more.