Graduate Certificate in Marine and Coastal Climate Change

About the Certificate:
The Graduate Certificate in Marine and Coastal Climate Change (MCCC) will be awarded after successful (C grade or higher) completion of four graduate level courses in the field of Marine and Coastal Zone Studies.  Entry is at any of the NSU Oceanographic Center’s three start terms: Fall, Winter, and Summer.

Applicants require a baccalaureate degree to be considered for admission. NSU's programs are fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and students accepted into the Marine and Coastal Zone Studies certificate program may be eligible for financial aid.

Courses may be chosen from NSUOC graduate courses offered on-line or in-house with a MCCC or MAMC prefix.
Students in the MCCC Certificate are required to take the following courses:
•    MCCC 5300 Climate Change: The Scientific Basis
•    MCCC 5350 Climate Change: The Societal Perspective
Students Courses are offered in five sessions: 3 12-week session (Fall 1, Winter 1, or Summer) and 2 4-week sessions (Fall 2 and Winter 2). Planned courses for the Academic year July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015, on-line courses can be found in the long term course schedule.

As for all NSU Oceanographic Center Graduate Certificates, courses do not need to be taken sequentially.  Students can enroll according to the schedule most convenient for them.  The Certificate can be gained in less than one year.  All course work must be completed within five years of initial registration. 

■ This Graduate Certificate Provides
■ Introduction and diverse knowledge of key ecological and socio-environmental issues related to the oceans and coastal zone.
■ Understanding of the international, national, and local nature, importance, and impact of ocean and coastal issues.
■ Web-based delivery and forum for course presentation and sharing information, perspectives, and case studies.
■ Interaction as relevant with peers and professionals in a variety of related fields and locations.
■ Stand-alone Certificate documenting completion from an accredited university for students and working professionals of a variety of related fields.
■ Credit if accepted for Master’s programs at the NSU Oceanographic Center. Programs include online (M.A. in Marine and Coastal Studies, M.S. in Coastal Zone Management; and in-house M.S. in Coastal Zone Management, Marine Biology, Marine Environmental Sciences.). Credit may also be applied if accepted in an M.A. in Cross-Disciplinary Studies (Coastal Environment and Society track) offered in partnership with  NSU Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Admissions Information
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How much will the total program cost?

Tuition and fees:

12 credits x $1098/credit hour: $13,176

Registration fees: $25/term

Annual Student Services fee: $750 maximum

Books and supplies: approximately $500

Total: approximately $14,501

Room and Board

The Graduate Certificates room and board expenses are estimated as follows:

Off Campus: $20,218

With Parent: $3,360

On Campus: $19,297


What are my financing options to pay for the program?

In addition to any grant and scholarship aid for which they are eligible, students have taken loans to finance their education. A list of sources is available through the Office of Financial Aid.

In addition to any grant and scholarship aid for which they are eligible, 78.6 percent of graduates used federal loans. The median federal loan debt for Coastal Studies certificate graduates was $20,500. There were no private loans taken for this certificate.

Institutional Debt: 0


The Graduate Certificates are designed to be completed in 1 year. Expected amount of time to complete is an average of 1.5 years.

For the Graduate Certificate in Marine and Coastal Climate Change:

There were less than ten completers of this degree program in academic year 2011-2012. Therefore, percent completing within time is not reported for privacy concerns.

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