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.

Domestic Students:

*Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall            Spring            Summer I   Summer II  
December1 August 1 December 1 Not offered

Final deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall           Spring           Summer I  Summer II 
July 17 November 30 March 1 Not offered

International Students:

*Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

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

Final deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall             Spring  Summer I    Summer II  
July 17 November 30 December 1 Not offered

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

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 (Foreign College credits/transcripts require an official foreign evaluation. Please click here).  TAMU-CC transcript is not required.
  • 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.

Additional International Applicant Requirements

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5

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

Core: Required Courses (12 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 6312 - Communicating Science Seminar 3 sem. hrs.

Core: Course Choices (12 semester credit hours)

Choose four courses (12 sem. hrs.) from the list below:

  • 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.
  • GSEN 6330 - Spatial Systems Science 3 sem. hrs.
  • CMSS 6370 - Coastal Management and Ocean Law 3 sem. hrs.

Elective, Specialized and Topical Courses (12 semester credit hours)

 

Coastal & Marine System Science, Ph.D
Admission from a Bachelor's Degree Option ( 90 semester credit hours )

Students accepted into the Coastal and Marine System Science PhD Program with only a bachelor’s degree (i.e., without an MS degree) must complete a minimum of 90 semester hours of coursework and research.

  • CMSS 6312 - Communicating Science Seminar 3 sem. hrs.
  • Elective Coursework 15 sem. hrs.
  • Research Coursework 51-57 sem. hrs.
  • CMSS 6999 - Dissertation Defense 3-9 sem. hrs.

Choose four from the following:

  • 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.
  • GSEN 6330 - Spatial Systems Science 3 sem. hrs.
  • CMSS 6370 - Coastal Management and Ocean Law 3 sem. hrs.

 

Coastal & Marine System Science, Ph.D
Admission from a Master's Degree Option ( 60 semester credit hours )

Students accepted into the Coastal and Marine System Science PhD Program with a master’s degree (i.e., with a MS degree) must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of coursework and research. 

  • CMSS 6312 - Communicating Science Seminar 3 sem. hrs.
  • Elective coursework 6 sem. hrs.
  • Research coursework 30-36 sem. hrs.
  • CMSS 6999 - Dissertation Defense 3-9 sem. hrs.

Choose four from the following:

  • 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.
  • GSEN 6330 - Spatial Systems Science 3 sem. hrs.
  • CMSS 6370 - Coastal Management and Ocean Law 3 sem. hrs.

 

For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Business Office's website.
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 (https://sci.tamucc.edu/student-information/graduate-funding.html) and all other materials requested for evaluation should be submitted to the office indicated on that form. 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://cmss.tamucc.edu/faculty.html.
  • If you would like to learn more about the CMSS Program, please visit the Program website found at: http://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:

Dr. Dorina Murgulet 

6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5869
Office: 361-825-2309

dorina.murgulet@tamucc.edu