Master's Degree in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (GRE Waived)


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Program Description

The Master of Professional Science (MPS) is an accelerated, graduate degree intended for students who want to generate innovative solutions to the marine, coastal, and climate-related issues (take same courses as Ph. D and MS students, but instead of research with a faculty member, students do research and projects in the field). Students enrolled in this program are exposed to a unique, multidisciplinary curriculum, including science theory, field and laboratory training, legal and regulatory knowledge, communication and media training, and the development of project management skills, designed to prepare them to address environmental challenges as future global leaders. GRE Waived For Spring and Fall!

Atmospheric Science (ATM) Tracks


Broadcast Meteorology

This track option prepares students for both on-camera and behind-the-scenes careers in broadcast meteorology, as well as the opportunity to develop the knowledge and training necessary to enter the broader field of science journalism.

Climate and Society

This track focuses on the financial consequences resulting from natural and anthropogenic climate change, rising sea levels, and extreme weather events and how they pose important scientific and socio-economic challenges, both in terms of urban planning and managing the financial risks associated with these changes.

Weather Forecasting

This track includes graduate-level course work in the analysis and preparation of weather forecasts, the effective use of numerical models, satellite, Doppler radar, and upper-air data, and the application of this information to support a variety of specialized end-users, including agriculture, utilities, insurance, transportation, construction, and other weather-sensitive industries.

Marine Biology and Ecology (MBE) Tracks


Marine Mammal Science

Students in this degree track will be part of one of the select programs in the nation designed to prepare them for employment in marine mammal management (including associated ecosystems), population assessments, acoustics, and care.

Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management

The Master of Professional Science Degree in Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management provides students with advanced training in the theoretical aspects of tropical marine ecology, as well as the practical aspects needed to begin a career in this field.

Marine Ecosystems and Society (MES) Tracks



The Professional Master's Program in Aquaculture focuses on the environmental, technological, social, economic, legal, and political aspects of sustainable aquaculture. The program covers all stages of planning and development, from the site and species selection to feasibility studies, resource evaluation, hatchery, and grow-out technology, and commercialization.

Coastal Zone Management

The track in Coastal Zone Management will introduce participants to the legal and governance frameworks in this increasingly important discipline. Coursework will integrate topics such as coastal fisheries management, marine protected areas, port management, tourism development, environmental impact assessment, and oil exploration.

Exploration Science

Exploration Science is the applied practice and study of field research using a wide variety of methods, technologies, and approaches to drive question-based scientific endeavors. This field fosters scientific inquiry and the application of expedition skills within a context that acknowledges the cultural and ethical implications of exploration

Fisheries Management and Conservation

The Fisheries Management and Conservation track is a unique, academic program that allows students to develop the professional skills required to be a fishery scientist with curriculum options in various relevant areas of interest, such as fishery management, fishery surveys, and quantitative fisheries.

Marine Conservation

The Professional Master Degree in Marine Conservation provides students with advanced training in both the theoretical aspects of marine science and conservation, as well as the practical aspects required to begin a career in this field. From sharks to sea turtles and debris-free oceans to outreach and education.

Underwater Archeology

The MPS Underwater Archaeology track, focusing on the management of underwater cultural heritage (MUCH), is primarily technical and will introduce participants to the legal and governance frameworks in this increasingly important field.

Ocean Sciences (OCE) Tracks


Applied Remote Sensing

The Applied Remote Sensing Track is tailored to the needs of students who seek to gain theoretical knowledge and practical, real-world experiences geared towards a successful career in the field of remote sensing in both public and private sectors.

Natural Hazards and Catastrophes

The goal is to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to understand earth system natural hazards (atmospheric, oceanic, geological and hydrological) and the data analytics tools required to assess the associated risks (e.g. statistics, data management, programming, GIS, and remote sensing).

Joint Degree Tracks


The University of Miami School of Law and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science offer a joint degree program in law and marine ecosystems and society. 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 from the Rosenstiel School.


I also wanted to let you know where the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science would be recruiting this upcoming Fall (PhD, MS, and Master of Professional Science). If you would like to bring us in to chat with clubs/organizations/classes, zoom, facetime, or even a phone call, please reach out to Josh Coco at to set that up.

*Application Deadlines: Rolling Admission

  • Fall Admission: International Students: June 1st, Domestic students: July 5
  • Spring Admission: November 15

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About the School

From humble beginnings in the 1940s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the leading academic oceanographic and atmospheric research institutions in the world ... Read More

From humble beginnings in the 1940s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the leading academic oceanographic and atmospheric research institutions in the world. The School's basic and applied research interests encompass virtually all marine-related sciences. Read less