What will I learn?

The Master of Coastal and Ocean Policy (MCOP), housed in the Department of Public and International Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences, is a professional, non-thesis, multidisciplinary degree program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to assume leadership roles in governmental and nongovernmental organizations involved in the formulation, implementation, and administration of coastal and ocean policy. Students will take a unique curriculum that combines coursework in public policy analysis and coastal and marine sciences taught by leading researchers in their respective disciplines. A central focus of the curriculum will be on teaching students how to integrate science into government decision making process in order to sustainably manage coastal and ocean resources in the U.S. and abroad.

Degree Requirements (42 total credit hours)

The Master of Ocean and Coastal Policy (MCOP) is a professional, non-thesis, interdisciplinary degree. The MCOP program requires 42 credit hours of approved graduate level courses. The core curriculum is 24 credit hours: 12 credit hours focused on public policy analysis, 6 credit hours focused on understanding the scientific foundation of policy problems, a 3 credit-hour seminar on coastal and ocean policy, and concludes with a 3 credit-hour applied capstone project. The remaining coursework consists of 18 credit hours of electives where students are required to complete 6 credit hours of electives from a set of courses focused on public management and policy analysis, and another 3 credit hours from a list of electives that have significant science-related course content. The remaining 9 credit hours are general electives tailored to fit the student’s professional career goals.

  • Core Requirements (24 credit hours)
  • Advanced Science Electives (3 credit hours)
  • Advanced Policy and Management Skills (6 credit hours)
  • Coastal and Ocean Policy Electives (9 credit hours)

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (42 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$17,834.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected November 2019

Start date

21 August 2019


College of Arts and Sciences

601 South College Road,


North Carolina,

28403, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students should have a minimum score of 550 on paper based TOEFL.

For international students

Applicants seeking admission to the program must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or its equivalent from a foreign institution of higher education based on a four-year program; a strong academic record with an average GPA of 3.0 or better in the undergraduate program; academic potential as indicated by satisfactory performance on the GRE General Test.

English language requirements: TOEFL - Minimum score of 550 (paper test), or a minimum score of 79 on the Internet-based test (TOEFL IBT). IELTS minimum score of 6.5 or 7.0 to be eligible for a teaching assistantship, but this score does not guarantee acceptance. A minimum score of 45 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) or a minimum of 25 on the speaking section of the TOEFL IBT or an examination of comparable score on an equivalent test is required to be eligible for an instructional assignment.

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