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University of Rhode Island — Marine Affairs
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A degree in marine affairs will prepare you for a career right after college or for a graduate career in numerous fields, including earth sciences and social sciences as they relate to the marine field. This versatile degree will allow you to establish a strong background for a career in private industry, government service, public policy, or academics. Alumni of the marine affairs program have successfully continued their education into graduate and law school, and worked as professionals in all areas of marine and environmental science and policy in both the public and private sectors.

This major provides a strong educational background for continued study in law-especially environmental, fishery, coastal zone, admiralty, and ocean law. Students are prepared to pursue graduate and professional programs in environmental management, public administration, community planning, marine affairs, and related fields.

In the public sector, alumni have attained positions at various levels of government in research, administration, and outreach positions for government agencies concerned with the coastal zone, environmental protection, fisheries management, and marine transportation. In the education field, a marine affairs graduate can work as a faculty member at a university or college, or as a primary- or secondary-school teacher.

In the private sector, graduates find positions in environmental and engineering consulting firms, marine and coastal insurance, public-interest non-governmental and non-profit organizations, fisheries, marinas, ports, and companies involved in shipping.

For detailed information on careers in this field, go to the Careers Tab.