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About the MCP Program

The program consists of advanced coursework in six key areas:


  1. Marine science

  2. Marine conservation biology

  3. Marine management, policy and law

  4. Communications

  5. Quantitative data analysis

  6. Field biology

Under the supervision of a coordinating committee, each degree candidate will choose elective coursework within all of these areas to best suit their specific postgraduate career objectives. In addition, each student will conduct an in-depth capstone study or internship involving analysis of available data and produce an original synthesis paper based on a committee-approved, consequential topic in marine conservation and policy.

This program is designed to be completed in 12 months of full-time study, and requires a minimum of 30 credits of coursework, although due to the elective nature of the curriculum, many students will complete additional credits for their degree. Students wishing to complete a more comprehensive capstone project or internship, or also complete an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Communicating Science or Geospatial Sciences may elect to stay on for a third semester.  The program can also be completed part-time, but is not designed for students who may only be able to enroll in night classes.

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