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M.P.S. / J.D. Marine Ecosystems and Society, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #201 (WUR) , FL,
The University of Miami School of Law and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) offer a joint degree program in law and marine ecosystems and society. 

About

Upon completion of this program, a student earns the Juris Doctor degree from the School of Law and a Master of Professional Science in Marine Ecosystems and Society from RSMAS, ranked as one of the top five geoscience institutions in the United States.

The M.P.S. degree allows students to focus their course work in one of four areas:

  • Aquaculture Track: Focus on the environmental, technological, social, economic, legal and political aspects of sustainable aquaculture.
  • Coastal Zone Management Track: Gain exposure to the legal and governance frameworks associated with the sustainability of near-shore waters. These areas present unique challenges to resource managers in the shipping, tourism, development, fisheries, aquaculture and oil industry.
  • Marine Conservation Track: Design a curriculum around personal career goals while focusing on innovative solutions to current marine ecosystem threats. This track combines science, law, economics, and policy to foster the conservation of marine ecosystems.
  • Underwater Archeology: Focus on the management of underwater cultural heritage (MUCH). The MPS Underwater Archaeology track is primarily technical and introduces participants to the legal and governance frameworks in this increasingly important discipline.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Aquaculture
  • Coastal Sustainability
  • Coastal Zone Management
  • Exploration Science
  • Fisheries Management and Conservation
  • Marine Conservation
  • Underwater Archaeology

For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description
      This programme is an intensive programme of six regular semesters and two full summers
  • Credits
    106 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    92

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  • Minimum required score:

    580

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a recommended score range.

    Recommended Analytical Writing score:

    3.5

    The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

    The University of Miami requires a minimum score of 297 (total of verbal + quantitative) for acceptance into any Graduate School program.

  • Students who apply for the joint J.D./M.P.S. program must apply to both the School of Law and to RSMAS, Department of Marine Ecosystems and Society. Prospective students must achieve a qualifying score on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and on the General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for admission to the respective schools
  • The most competitive UM applicants have a bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Complete the online application
  • Official Transcripts
  • Complete the School Report
  • Letter(s) or Recommendation
  • Conduct updates, if applicable
  • Special Programs may ask for additional requirements like a portfolio or/and schedule and audition
  • If applicable, submit your financial aid documents

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1960 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1960 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    1960 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1960 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Miami

  • 1508 - 2610 USD/month
    Living Costs

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