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Coastal Sciences - Master's and Doctorate

Availability: Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Options

Why Study Coastal Sciences?

Coastal Sciences (COA) is an academic department offering MS and PhD programs. As a research-intensive unit, COA's graduate program offers excellent opportunities for students to immerse themselves in applied research. Graduates are equipped to help better protect, manage, and enhance coastal and marine resources. Current research programs support graduate and postdoctoral students in investigations related to aquaculture, aquatic health sciences, coastal ecology and ecosystem processes and fisheries and fisheries oceanography.

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4Program-Specific Scholarships & Awards
 5 Research Vessels

What Will I Learn?

  • Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary knowledge and understanding of Coastal Sciences.
  • Specialized research skills.
  • Scientific presentation skills to effectively communicate scientific research.
  • Scientific publication skills.
  • Knowledge, field and laboratory skills necessary for jobs in marine-related fields.

Admission is competitive and is based on several criteria, including GPA, course background, GRE scores, three letters of recommendation, resume/CV, and a statement of purpose.  The Department also requires a faculty sponsor. A faculty sponsor is a member of the Department of Coastal Sciences who is willing to serve as the student’s major professor and provides funds for an assistantship and resources to perform the student’s research. In order to find a faculty sponsor, prospective students should consult the Coastal Sciences faculty directory to identify and contact a faculty member with whom you might have a common interest.

Scholarships

  1. Drs. Julia and Thomas Lytle Coastal Sciences Scholarship. .
  2. Nick Baron memorial Marine Education Endowment.

 Awards

  1. Tom McIlwain Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Fisheries Endowment. The purpose of this fund is to provide financial support for a COA graduate student in good standing in who is conducting research in marine fisheries. 
  2. Robin M. Overstreet Coastal Sciences Endowment. The purpose of this fund is to provide support for a COA graduate student who is conducting research on parasites or diseases and research that is not funded by the student’s primary source of funding.

Conduct Research Under Nationally and Internationally Recognized Faculty

Coastal Sciences consists of talented faculty covering a wide range of disciplines in core marine research areas. As authors of hundreds of scientific publications, members of regional, national and international councils and advisory panels, graduate students benefit from numerous scientific and research experiences. Active faculty research programs provide students with opportunities to engage in multidisciplinary research and conduct original studies, providing COA graduates a competitive edge in the job market.

Availability

Degree Plan Availability
Coastal Sciences (Aquaculture) PhDGulf Coast Research Laboratory
Coastal Sciences (Aquatic Health Sciences) PhDGulf Coast Research Laboratory
Coastal Sciences (Coastal Ecology and Ecosystem Processes) PhDGulf Coast Research Laboratory
Coastal Sciences (Fisheries and Fisheries Oceanography) PhDGulf Coast Research Laboratory
Coastal Sciences PhDGulf Coast Research Laboratory
Coastal Sciences (Aquaculture) MSGulf Coast Research Laboratory
Coastal Sciences (Aquatic Health Sciences) MSGulf Coast Research Laboratory
Coastal Sciences (Coastal Ecology and Ecosystem Processes) MSGulf Coast Research Laboratory
Coastal Sciences (Fisheries and Fisheries Oceanography) MSGulf Coast Research Laboratory
Coastal Sciences MSGulf Coast Research Laboratory
  • Academic Faculty
  • Fisheries Biologist
  • Research Scientist
  • Project Manager
  • Coastal Resource Manager
  • Laboratory Coordinator
  • Virginia Fleer, 2017, 
    Adjunct Biology Faculty, Texas A&M-San Antonio and Palo Alto College
  • Allison Walker, 2012, 
    Associate Professor, Acadia University
  • Bryan Hedgpeth, 2013, 
    Research Scientist, ExxonMobile Biomedical Sciences
  • Idrissa Boube, 2011, 
    Environmental Scientist, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • Michael Lowe, 2013, 
    Fish Biologist, US Geological Survey
  • Christa Woodley, 2001,
    Senior Researcher, US Army Corps of Engineers