Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Program Design for Marine Resource Management Masters Degree

The program offers two tracks: a Professional track and a Thesis track.

  • The Professional track requires 57 credits of course work plus 9 project credits for a total of 66 credits.
  • The Thesis track requires 40 credits course work and 12 Thesis credits for a total of 52 credits.

Students on a Professional Track develop a project and defend a scholarly paper on that work based on applied research. Projects are conducted under the guidance of the student's major professor and committee members. Recent examples include an assessment of alternative shore-protection techniques and an evaluation of the capacity and training needs of coastal watershed councils for assessing aquatic nuisance species in their watersheds. Project-based research may be connected to local, state or federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, private firms, consultants, or scientists. Examples include but are not limited to Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, NOAA Marine Protected Area Science Center, and The Nature Conservancy.

Students on a Thesis Track are expected to produce a rigorous piece of original work and analysis, and must meet additional requirements set by the Graduate School and advisor. An additional committee member (graduate council representative) is required for the final oral exam, and all additional Graduate School thesis guidelines must be followed.

Required Coursework

MRM students are required to take the following core courses:

  • OEAS 500 Cascadia Field Trip (3 credits)
  • OEAS 520 The Solid Earth (4 credits)
  • OEAS 530 The Fluid Earth (4 credits)
  • OEAS 540 The Biogeochemical Earth (4 credits)
  • MRM 507 MRM Orientation (2 credits)
  • PPOL 546 Policy and Coastal Law (4 credits)
  • MRM 530 Principles and Practice of Marine Resource Management (3 credits)
  • OC 507 COAS Series (1 credit)

Remaining courses to fulfill degree credit requirements to be determined in consultation with the MRM Program Director and student's major professor.

One of the hallmarks of the program is the flexibility in your program design to meet your needs, interests, and research direction. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the program, students can complete the remaining course work from departments outside of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.

Examples of elective coursework.