Department of Marine Affairs

College of the Environment and Life Science

Graduate Programs

The world’s coastal regions have become incredibly popular places to live and visit. Our coasts and oceans are also immensely important ecologically and economically. Our coasts and oceans, however, are particularly vulnerable to overuse and climate changes. Marine Affairs provides students with an interdisciplinary education in ocean and coastal management.  Consequently, we face major management issues locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. The primary objective of the degrees in Marine Affairs is to educate students in the interdisciplinary analysis needed for effective marine and coastal management. Students will study and gain a solid foundation in issues confronting policymakers, environmental managers, and businesses at every governmental level. In addition, students develop an understanding of the environmental, socioeconomic, political, and legal effects of management decisions and their implications.

Student Outcomes


The world’s first ocean and coastal policy graduate program

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs (MAMA)

45 credit, thesis or major paper track, Master of Arts degree

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Master of Marine Affairs (MMA)

30 credit, non-thesis, professional degree for students with five years of ocean-related experience or a masters degree from a relevant field

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Joint JD / MMA

A joint program between URI and Roger Williams University Law School for students wishing to earn a law degree with a marine affairs specialization

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PhD in Marine Affairs

The Ph.D. program serves the needs of individuals who will be working in government, research institutes, consulting and academia

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