JU Masters in Marine Science to Start in Fall of 2011 | Schools

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JU Masters in Marine Science to Start in Fall of 2011
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Jacksonville University is proud to announce our new Master of Science in Marine Science and Master of Arts in Marine Science (MS/MA) degree programs that are opening this fall. Each program is designed to provide its graduates with the specific knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in a variety of marine-related positions in industry, government and education, as well as, for entry into doctoral marine science programs.

Coming on the heels of the opening of JU’s Marine Science Research Institute (MSRI), the program emphasizes a hands-on approach to learning through either the completion of an original thesis project under the mentorship of an experienced marine science researcher, or a non-thesis option that requires extensive laboratory/field study. The location of the MSRI offers endless possibilities for the study of different local marine environments.

“The graduate program continues the undergraduate emphasis on individualized programs of study that ensure students the best possible preparation based on their interests, background and abilities,” said Dr. Quinton White, executive director of the MSRI. “The MSRI is in a unique location near a variety of aquatic environments in one area providing a wide array of opportunities for study.”

The program is designed to be completed in two years for full-time graduate students. All students must take a core four-course sequence, appropriate elective courses and complete a successful thesis research project for the MS degree or two laboratory courses selected in conjunction with their graduate advisor for the MA option. State-of-the-art research and laboratory facilities at the MSRI will be utilized, with opportunities to conduct research at other facilities also possible.

The MSRI, a 30,000-square-foot facility, was constructed on JU’s riverfront campus. The two-story, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ® Gold-certified building is energy efficient, complete with solar panels and a rainwater drainage system. Florida Fish and Wildlife Northeast Field Lab, the St. Johns Riverkeeper and an environmental laboratory all share space in the building.

“There is nothing comparable to the MSRI. There are marine labs, state labs and advocacy groups together and that fosters a greater level of communication between the different agencies because academic, regulatory and advocacy organizations are all represented in one location and working together in their areas of expertise,” explained White.

To learn more about the new Master of Arts and Master of Science in Marine Science now available at JU, contact Diana Peaks, director of Graduate, Transfer and Adult Admissions, at 904-256-7000.

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