Oregon State University

Marine Resource Management Program

Training Tomorrow's Leaders, Informing Today's

Marine Resource Management

Marine and coastal issues are technically and politically complex, involving many interests, perspectives, and stakeholders. To deal effectively with these issues, marine resource managers need a broad-based background in both natural and social sciences. Established in 1974, Marine Resource Management (MRM) is a science-based, interdisciplinary master's program based in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS). The program provides students with the multidisciplinary training necessary to bridge the gap between sciences and policy and function confidently and effectively in professional resource management positions.

The mission of the MRM program is to foster cooperative discovery and learning about the conservation and use of marine resources. Our strength lies in our core values and principles, and they guide everything we do. Our students and faculty know this and our alumni, located around the world, are our ambassadors.

Our coursework is founded on the core oceanography courses in CEOAS and designed to include courses in natural and social sciences, environmental law, policy, education, economics, ecology, and management. We have five, flexible, interdependent areas of focus:

A few examples of this interdependence and flexibility might be a student who wants to

As such, our program is designed to provide our graduates with skills that are far more diverse than those offered by traditional disciplinary-based programs:

MRM students also gain a detailed understanding of:

More than 60 faculty members from CEOAS, other university departments and outside institutions participate in MRM. These partnerships include departments of Fisheries and Wildlife, Geosciences, Agricultural and Resource Economics, Political Science, Sociology, and Anthropology; Sea Grant extension specialists; private sector professionals; and scientists and management professionals from state and federal agencies.

MRM has over 300 alumni and 25-30 students in residence. Our graduates are employed through the world and are making a difference to the management of our coasts and oceans. The program has earned national and international recognition for its exceptional training of marine management professionals. Explore our program through these web pages and find out how we can help you make a difference.

For more information please contact program director Flaxen Conway.

For guidelines on how to apply, see Marine Resource Management Graduate Program Application Instructions.