Stockton and Monmouth Partner on Coastal Zone Management

Coastal Zone Management

Galloway, N.J. ‒ Students interested in pursuing an advanced degree in Coastal Zone Management at Stockton University have another point of entry through a new agreement with Monmouth University.

Stockton launched a graduate program in Coastal Zone Management in 2020. Through the new articulation agreement, up to five qualified students earning bachelor’s degrees in Biology or Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy from Monmouth may be admitted to the Coastal Zone Management program.

“We are very excited to enter into this agreement and welcome Monmouth University students interested in coastal zone management to our program,” said Amanda Norvell, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Stockton.

Students in their junior year at Monmouth University, located in West Long Branch, will be interviewed and recommended for admission to the graduate program.

“This agreement will provide a unique opportunity for our students to pursue their interests in coastal resource conservation and management and enhance their career opportunities,” said John Tiedemann, assistant dean of the School of Science, and director of the Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy program at Monmouth University.

Courses will educate students in the management of complex problems in the coastal zone such as climate change, sea level rise, coastal ocean and shore protection.

“Here at Stockton, we are aware of the effect of climate change and the impact it has on our state, primarily in municipalities along the New Jersey coastline,” Norvell said. “The Coastal Zone Management program will prepare the next generation of scientists and coastal managers to take on these complex issues.

The articulation agreement covers two options: the Professional Science Masters includes a capstone project and readies students for work or career advancement in a professional setting; and the Master of Science, which includes a research-based thesis for students planning further academic study or research.

Both degrees prepare coastal managers and scientists to provide expertise to governmental and non-governmental organizations and businesses and build on the strength of Stockton’s Marine and Environmental Science programs and the Stockton Coastal Research Center.

The five-year agreement goes into effect July 1. For more information on Stockton’s Coastal Zone Management program, visit

-Story by Stacey Clapp/ Photo by Susan Allen

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