The Ocean and Coastal Resource Management Concentration

The Center for the Blue Economy's concentration in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) was developed after consulting with more than 20 of the world’s leading ocean and coastal resource management experts. To make a difference on the international stage today, global marine policy professionals must be trained to navigate an extremely complex web of marine laws and treaties, economic trends and incentives, and political dynamics. They must know cutting-edge science, but they must also understand law, politics, and business. An OCRM concentration imparts a sophisticated understanding of institutional processes and teaches practical skills across the social and natural sciences.

With the Summer Fellows Program, OCRM students have access to Center for the Blue Economy funded fellowships with top marine organizations, using their skills to address real-world problems and gaining valuable networking opportunities. OCRM graduates have done very well in the job market, with approximately 90% currently employed in the ocean and coastal resource management field. 


The Ocean and Coastal Resource Management coursework provides rigorous qualitative and quantitative skills-building that is interdisciplinary, current, and practical. All students produce original interdisciplinary research on current marine issues relevant for policy-making and management decisions.

To obtain a graduate degree with a concentration in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), prospective students must apply and be accepted into the Master of Arts in International Environmental Policy program. Upon arrival, International Environmental Policy Program Chair and Center for the Blue Economy Director Dr. Jason Scorse, along with the Institute’s academic advisers, will help set up a study plan to help the student get the most out of their time at MIIS.

Students in the OCRM concentration must complete the following courses, in addition to their International Environmental Policy degree requirements:

Marine Science and Policy (4 credits)
International Marine Law(4 credits)
Ocean and Coastal Economics(4 credits)
Sustainable Coastal Management(4 credits)
The Ocean and Coastal Resource Management Speaker Series (0-1 credit)

*Students enrolled at other institutions in the COS MARINE consortium may also be eligible for this course of study. Please contact the MIIS Center for Advising & Career Services, Ms. Edy Rhodes ( for more information.

 Unique Opportunities

Students pursuing the OCRM concentration are directly engaged in the Center for the Blue Economy's world class research program, serving as research assistants on real-world projects with the potential to contribute significantly to global ocean and coastal sustainability. 

Students also have access to classes, workshops, and seminars in the greater Monterey Bay area offered by Stanford’s Center for Ocean Solutions (COS) MARINE consortium, of which the Middlebury Institute is a member. 

 Center for the Blue Economy Funded Fellowships

Throughout the year, students who take the OCRM concentration gain practical experience in ocean and coastal resource management projects both inside and outside of the classroom. They are eligible for the Center for the Blue Economy's Summer Fellowship Program as well as local fellowships at top marine organizations in the fall and spring semesters.  Organizations that work with the Center for the Blue Economy to place student fellows include the Environmental Defense Fund, Oceana, Conservation International, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, The Nature Conservancy, WildAid, and the World Wildlife Fund, just to name a few.   During these fellowships, students work on relevant projects and position themselves for leadership roles immediately upon graduation.

 Alumni Success

International Environmental Policy Studies graduates who have the OCRM concentration are routinely awarded prestigious NOAA Sea Grant Fellowships and Fulbright Awards, and dozens of our alumni have risen to leadership positions in ocean and coastal resource management, both domestically and abroad. Read more about where International Environmental Policy Program alumni are currently employed, and see the "Where are they now?" section of the past Summer Fellows profiles.