Coastal & Marine System Science

College of Science & Engineering

College of Science & Engineering

Coastal and Marine System Science, MS & PhD

Highly interdisciplinary, the Coastal and Marine System Science (CMSS) degree program is designed to serve graduate students with diverse backgrounds in natural, computational & social sciences, and engineering. Ideal candidates will have backgrounds in some combination of biology, chemistry, geology, oceanography, computer science, mathematics, engineering, economics, policy, social, or geographic information science. The CMSS program focuses on integrative concepts that have emerged in recent years, linking natural sciences to social sciences. System Science is a new discipline that seeks to understand the relationships between all of the variables affecting a given phenomenon. Graduates of the CMSS program will demonstrate proficiency in understanding and applying the concepts and principles of all of the natural sciences as well as a working competence in mathematical modeling and geospatial analysis. If you want a degree that will allow you to make a difference, consider being part of this unique program.

Application Deadlines

Domestic Students:

*Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall            Spring            Summer I   Summer II  
February 1 August 1 February 1 Not offered

Final deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall           Spring           Summer I  Summer II 
May 15 October 15 March 1 Not offered

International Students:

*Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall           Spring         Summer I  Summer II 
February 1 June 1 February 1 Not offered

Final deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall             Spring  Summer I    Summer II  
April 15 September 15 February 1 Not offered

*Complete application should be received for full admissions and funding consideration  

Application Requirements

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.

Requirements:

Application requirements specific to this program :

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or University attended (International applicants will be required to submit relevant International transcripts)
  • Official GRE scores (Within five years of the date of application)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay (Up to 1000 words in length which describes their educational background, career interests,goals and challenge)
  • Three letters of recommendation

*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

Submit all supporting documents online.

Degree Plan

Coastal & Marine System Science, M.S ( 36 semester credit hours )

CMSS 5392 Thesis I: Thesis Proposal 3 sem hrs.
CMSS 5393 Thesis II: Thesis Research 3 sem hrs.
CMSS 5394 Thesis III: Thesis Submission 3 sem hrs.
CMSS 6102 Seminar in Coastal & Marine System Science  1 sem hrs.
ESCI 5203 Professional Skills for Scientists 2 sem hrs. 
Choose four:
CMSS 6303 - Natural Systems Analysis 3 sem. hrs.
CMSS 6305 - Natural Systems Modeling 3 sem. hrs.
CMSS 6307 - Coastal and Marine Systems 3 sem. hrs.
CMSS 6330 - Geospatial Analysis 3 sem. hrs.
CMSS 6370 - Coastal Management and Ocean Law 3 sem. hrs.

Elective Coursework
At least 6 hours must be from:

  • CMSS 6307 - Coastal and Marine Systems
  • CMSS 6308- Coastal Geoenvironments & Change
  • CMSS 6327- Physical Oceanography
  • CMSS 6334- Geological Oceanography
  • CMSS 6357- Global Geochemical Cycles and Change
  • CMSS 6359- Marine Ecosystem Dynamics
  • CMSS 6362- Global Change & Its Impact on Aquatic Ecosystems
12 sem hrs. 

Coastal & Marine System Science, Ph.D

A. Admission from a Bachelor's Degree Option ( 90 semester credit hours )

CMSS 6102 - Seminar in Coastal and Marine System Science 1 sem. hrs. (take 3 times for a total of 3 sem. hrs.)
Elective coursework 15 sem hrs.
Research coursework 51-57 sem. hrs.
CMSS 6999 Dissertation defense 3-9 sem. hrs
Choose four:
CMSS 6303 - Natural Systems Analysis 3 sem. hrs.
CMSS 6305 - Natural Systems Modeling 3 sem. hrs.
CMSS 6307 - Coastal and Marine Systems 3 sem. hrs.
CMSS 6330 - Geospatial Analysis 3 sem. hrs.
CMSS 6370 - Coastal Management and Ocean Law 3 sem. hrs.
Total : 90

B. Admission from a Master's Degree Option ( 60 semester credit hours )

CMSS 6102 - Seminar in Coastal and Marine System Science 1 sem. hrs. 1 sem. hrs. (take 3 times for a total of 3 sem. hrs.)
Elective coursework 6 sem hrs.
Research coursework 30-36 sem. hrs.
CMSS 6999 Dissertation defense 3-9 sem. hrs
Choose four:
CMSS 6303 - Natural Systems Analysis 3 sem. hrs.
CMSS 6305 - Natural Systems Modeling 3 sem. hrs.
CMSS 6307 - Coastal and Marine Systems 3 sem. hrs.
CMSS 6330 - Geospatial Analysis 3 sem. hrs.
CMSS 6370 - Coastal Management and Ocean Law 3 sem. hrs.
Total : 60

Tuition and Fees

For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Business Office's website.

Funding Opportunities

Teaching Assistantships, graduate research assistantships, fellowships, or scholarships may be available to graduate students admitted as degree-seeking students who maintain full time graduate student status (9 hours/fall and spring semesters, and 3 hours/summer). The completed Teaching Assistant Application (http://sci.tamucc.edu/students/gradfunding.html) and all other materials requested for evaluation should be submitted to the office indicated on that form. For full consideration, the deadline for submitting applications is February 1 for the following academic year. Faculty members conducting funded research projects often hire qualified graduate students as Research Assistants. Students should contact faculty members in their field of interest for information on these opportunities. Summer funding (3 mos.) is the responsibility of major advisor and/or student, and should be discussed early in the academic year.

Additional Information

  • Persons seeking admission to the program should first contact the program faculty and identify a faculty member, or members, willing to serve as the graduate supervisor, and the applicant must include a summary of their discussions with faculty members in their essay. Applicants will not be admitted to the program without a graduate supervisor. Faculty profiles are found at the program website: http://sci.tamucc.edu/member.php?who=all&program=cmss.
  • If you would like to learn more about the CMSS Program, please visit the Program website found at: http://www.cmss.tamucc.edu/.
  • If you'd like to learn more about the College of Science and Engineering, please visit the College website.

Contact for More Information:

Thomas Naehr
6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5869
Office: 361-825-3216
thomas.naehr@tamucc.edu