SoMAS offers M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs with tracks focusing on either Marine or Atmospheric Science. There are usually between 110 and 125 students enrolled in SoMAS graduate programs at any time.
Our faculty and graduate students are engaged in a broad range of research projects that are scientifically challenging and important to the society.
SoMAS faculty members have active research projects, funded by agencies such as The National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the National Administration of Space and Aeronautics (NASA), the National Administration of Oceans and Atmosphere (NOAA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Navy, and other sources. Virtually all SoMAS Ph.D. and Master's students are financially supported by these research projects or teaching assistantships while working towards their degrees.
SoMAS recently initiated a new M.A. Program in Marine Conservation and Policy. This program provides students with an understanding of contemporary marine conservation and policy issues and helps them develop the necessary skills to apply this knowledge in marine conservation positions that require advanced training and a broad skill-set, but are not research-based. Graduates of this program should be able to compete effectively for positions in government, environmental consultancy and nongovernmental organizations, and to apply marine conservation and policy knowledge in other fields such as law, teaching, communications or business.
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