M.S. / P.S.M. in Coastal Zone Management

The Coastal Zone Management degree program will prepare the next generation of coastal managers and scientists who will provide the expertise to government, private business and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with significant investments and concerns in the coastal zone.   


About the Program

In much of the world, population growth in the coastal zone is increasing, stressing the natural resources and those that depend on them due to over-development, pollution and overfishing.  At the same time, global climate change, linked to anthropogenic activities and warming are increasingly affecting the coastal zone due to an increased prevalence of high-energy storms, ocean acidification and sea level rise. 

The purpose of this degree program is to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the complexities of managing human interactions within a highly dynamic coastal environment.

At the end of this program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the physical, biological, chemical, and geological processes active in the coastal zone.
  • Articulate aspects of coastal zone environments that affect humans.
  • Articulate human behaviors, laws, and policies that affect coastal zone environments.
  • Apply appropriate quantitative methods to coastal zone problems.
  • Perform a variety of field and laboratory research methods.
  • Identify a problem pertinent to coastal zone management, develop a plan to study it, and conduct the appropriate research.
  • Effectively communicate scientific and management information, research results, and recommendations orally and in writing.
  • Work effectively both individually and in a team environment.

Curriculum

The Coastal Zone Management graduate program has three tracks to a degree or certificate:

Professional Science Masters in Coastal Zone Management (CZMT-PSM): This non-thesis option consists of 36 credit hours, including a capstone project, and will prepare students for work or career advancement in a professional setting.

Master of Science in Coastal Zone Management (CZMT-MS): This option consists of 36 credit hours and includes a research-based thesis. It is intended for students aiming for further academic study or research.

Certificate in Coastal Zone Management: A certificate requires 18 credit hours of coursework. This option is appropriate for working professionals and other individuals who will benefit from advanced study of coastal zone management science without completion of a graduate degree.

All CZMT students will take four core courses that cover a breadth of coastal zone science, policy, management and technical skills. Students on the CZMT-PSM track take additional required courses in professional development. After completing the core curriculum, students choose electives toward specialized knowledge in their intended career path. The curriculum culminates in a capstone project on the CZMT-PSM track or research thesis project on the MS-CZMT track. A Certificate in Coastal Zone Management requires completion of the CZMT-PSM core courses.

Curriculum requirements for PSM (non-thesis) versus MS (thesis) tracks. The Certificate program consists of the PSM core course requirements. Courses marked with * are cross-listed with the PSM in Environmental Science (ENSC) program.

CZMT-PSM CZMT-MS

Core Courses (18 credits)

Coastal Ecosystems

Coastal Physical Processes

Coastal Zone Policy, Law and Planning

Applied Geographic Information Systems*

Project Management*

Professional Writing*

Core Courses (12 credits)

Coastal Ecosystems

Coastal Physical Processes

Coastal Zone Policy, Law and Planning

Applied Geographic Information Systems*

Electives (12 credits)

Coastal Data Management and Statistics

Physical Oceanography in the Coastal Zone

Coastal Engineering Principles

Fisheries Science and Management

Coastal Depositional Systems

Hydrographic Instrumentation and Surveys

Resiliency Planning

Statistical Analysis*

Watershed Management*

Surface Water Hydrology*

Groundwater Hydrology*

Land Use Planning*

Remote Sensing/Advanced Spatial Analyses*

Coastal Zone Management*

Wetlands Ecology*

Environmental Modeling*

Water Quality*

Introduction to Data Science and Analytics (DSSA 5001)

(Up to 3 credits of electives may be selected from ENSC or DSSA courses not listed above, upon approval of graduate advisor)

Electives (15 credits)

Elective options at left, plus:

Project Management*

Professional Writing*

(Up to 6 credits of electives may be selected from ENSC or DSSA courses not listed above, upon approval of graduate advisor)

Capstone Project (6 credits)

Thesis Research (9 credits)

For course descriptions, please visit The University's Course Catalog.

Admissions Criteria

Application Deadline

Fall 2020: July 1, 2020

Prerequisite Requirements

For persons who hold a baccalaureate degree, the following are the admissions requirements for the Master’s or Professional Science Master’s degree (PSM) in Coastal Zone Management:

  • Complete application packet, including an essay explaining how the degree in Coastal Zone Management fits into the applicant's career goals;
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with an environmentally-related major (e.g., Environmental Science, Marine Science, Earth Science, Chemistry, Biology, or other related majors); transcripts for all Colleges/universities attended are required.
  • Three letters of recommendation college/university faculty or from professional colleagues.
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the general test; applicants should have their scores sent directly to Stockton;
  • Minimum college/university cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.
  • An average GPA of 3.5 or better derived from all science and mathematics courses taken; and
  • The TOEFL examination is required of students for whom English is a second language.
  • Specific minimum requirements may be waived at the discretion of the CZMT Admissions Committee.

Acceptance into the Coastal Zone Management Program will be based on a review of the entire application packet. Admission to the program is competitive and acceptance is not guaranteed.

Applicants for the graduate certificate in Coastal Zone Management will follow the same admissions guidelines for the Master’s programs. Certificate holders or certificate candidates may choose to matriculate into one of the Master’s tracks with permission of the Director and the Admissions Committee.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Discover Stockton Online Application (you must create a Discover Stockton Account)
  2. Application fee: $50 (non-refundable), submitted with your online application
  3. Graduate application essay
  4. Three letters of recommendation sent electronically via the Discover Stockton Application
  5. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores sent electronically to school code: 2889
    • Scores must have been taken within the last 10 years and are waived for master's degree holders.
    • Required for MS-CZMT only.
  6. Resume
  7. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (including Stockton) e-mailed by the institution or clearinghouse, mailed or dropped off directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Certificate

A Certificate in Coastal Zone Management requires 18 credit hours of coursework via the completion of the CZMT-PSM core courses. This option is appropriate for working professionals and other individuals who will benefit from advanced study of coastal zone management science without completion of a graduate degree.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Anyone with a BS in a STEM field from an accredited university.

The Certificate can be completed in as little as one year.  The thesis (MS) and non-thesis (PSM) options can be completed in as little as two years at full time enrollment.  Individual time to completion may vary according to the number of classes taken per semester and the length of time needed to satisfactorily complete the final project or thesis.

The CZMT program assumes that incoming students will have a science or engineering background at the bachelor level.  Any bachelor’s degree in a science, mathematics, or engineering field is acceptable. Applicants with degrees in non-science fields such as policy or pre-law may also be admitted if the Admissions Committee determines that the applicant has sufficient math and science preparation for graduate level courses.

Yes. Consultation with the Director of the CZMT program is recommended prior to reapplying to ensure that deficiencies in the applicant’s record have been addressed.  

Professional Science Masters in Coastal Zone Management (CZMT-PSM): This non-thesis option consists of 36 credit hours, including a capstone project, and will prepare students for work or career advancement in a professional setting.

Master of Science in Coastal Zone Management (CZMT-MS): This option consists of 36 credit hours and includes a research-based thesis. It is intended for students aiming for further academic study or research.

Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance into the CZMT Program is sent to applicants approximately 6-8 weeks after the application is completed.

Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies by e-mail: gradschool@stockton.edu or by phone: 609-626-3640 or contact the CZM Program Director Dr. Peter Straub at Peter.Straub@stockton.edu.

Coastal Zone Management skills are often embedded in related career paths, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Environmental Scientists/Specialists
  • Coastal/Marine Scientists or Project Manager
  • Coastal Environmental Quality Monitoring Coordinator
  • Marsh Restoration Ecologist/Project Manager
  • Estuarine Food Web Analyst
  • Coastal Hazards Analyst
  • Coastal Oceanographer
  • Coastal Wetlands Science and Restoration Ecologist
  • Consultant in Coastal/Estuarine Processes and Geomorphology
  • Research scientist in Marine Mammalogy and Coastal Ecology

 

Apply today. If you have further questions you can Request More Information or call the Office of Graduate Studies at (609) 626-3640 or E-mail gradschool@stockton.edu.