Combine your passionsMA in Marine Science and Master in Public Policy

Chris Fischer and Dr. White speaking to a group of policy leaders.

Why Choose Our Program?

The JU MPP-Marine Science dual degree program is a 3-year program (if pursued full time) for students who recognize the importance of combining scientific skills and public policy know-how to the future of marine science and environmental policy. The Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree emphasizes interdisciplinary study and the development of core skills in policy analysis, management, and leadership. Students are prepared for diverse leadership and career opportunities in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, and to solve community problems. 

In year one, students will take first year MPP courses or first year Marine Science. In year two, courses will be taken in the other program. Year three will have mixed policy and marine science courses. If pursued separately, the two degrees would take 4 years.

These programs:

  • Allow you to obtain two degrees in three years
  • Provide tools to analyze present-day environmental issues with a policy lens
  • Provide a variety of real-world experiences with internships at a wide range of governmental agencies and collaborations through organizations such as OCEARCH and the St. Johns RiverKeeper
  • Provide experienced faculty spanning from biologists to lawyers

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Applications for Fall 2025 will open August 1, 2024.

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About Our Program

The dual degree program coursework consists of 60 total credit hours. The MPP program consists of 36 credit hours, including an internship (3-credit MPP internship requirement can be met through an MPP internship, qualifying clerkship, or qualifying work or professional experience; it must be completed prior to the third year) and a Capstone Project. The MPP program will recognize 12 transfer credits from the Marine Science Program, for a total of 48 MPP credits.

The Marine Science program consists of 24 credit hours. The Marine Science program will recognize 6 transfer credits from the MPP Program for a total of 30 Marine Science credits.

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How to Apply

  • Completed JU Application
  • Unofficial Transcripts for All Degrees Conferred
  • Statement of Intent 
  • Resume / Curriculum Vitae 
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Optional: GRE, GMAT, or LSAT Score

Applicants seeking admission to the JU MPP-MSC dual degree program must be admitted to both the JU MPP program and the MSC program.


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"This program has opened so many doors for me. I now work for the Army Corp of Engineers, working on Everglades restoration projects. I was recommended this job through my amazing network made through this program, and I would not be where I am now without those people and our mutual drive to help each other succeed."

Warner BuchmanPublic Policy and Marine Science Dual Degree Program Alumni

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