Online Master of Science Degree in Coastal Zone Management
INSTITUTION INFORMATION Institutional Accreditation: Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools Program Accreditation: Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Institutional Membership(s):
SOC Program Membership(s): SOCAD . PROGRAM DETAILS Program Information:
Master of Science - Master's Enrollment: 250 seats total Application
Deadline: Open How Students and Instructors Communicate: Chat Room,
E-mail, Online Assignment Submission, Threaded Discussion Board Subject:
Natural Sciences METHOD OF COURSE INSTRUCTION
- The program is delivered primarily through
Supplemental delivery formats include internet
This course uses WebCT
SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
- The Coastal Zone Management program leads to a multidisciplinary
professional M.S. degree. It is intended for employees in government
or industry seeking career enhancement, as well as for recent
college graduates seeking careers in planning and management in
government, industry, or other activities depending on or affecting
the coastal zone or its resources. The program can also be of value
for enhancement of careers in education. It focuses on contemporary
problems and conflicts arising from increased use of coastal areas
and emphasizes the evaluation of alternative policy management
solutions. Coastal studies combine elements of ecology, geology,
physics, engineering, economics, law, the social sciences, and
Because of the diversity of course subjects, applicants with any
undergraduate major will be considered for admission but a science
major is most useful. Even if the undergraduate degree is not in the
sciences, an undergraduate background with elements of the basic
sciences (chemistry, mathematics, physics and biology) is essential.
An on-campus M.S. in Coastal Zone Management has been offered at the
Oceanographic Center since the mid-1980s. An online version has been
available since fall 2003. The proposed change towards implementing
an online M.S. effected primarily the delivery method and, as a
result, extended the target audience (e.g. distance learners
nationally and internationally who wish to take advantage of the
flexible and accessible method of delivery). The rationale, learning
objectives, core courses, required number of electives (8), and
requirements for a 6-credit capstone paper are identical for both
the on-campus and online formats. The online program has the same
rigor, quality and outcomes as the on-campus degree. The
Oceanographic Center sees no essential distinction between the two
versions of the degree, and in fact many students combine both
on-campus and online courses.
An M.S. in Coastal Zone Management is an ideal prospect for online
delivery. More than half of the total U.S. population presently
lives in coastal areas, and the coastal population is projected to
increase by 28 million between 1994 and 2015. Coastal resource
managers are facing increasing challenges within the U.S., as in
other nations around the world. The United Nations Conference on
Environment and Development (UNCED, 1992) called specifically for
the exchange of knowledge and technology to enhance implementation
of coastal zone management programs by coastal nations worldwide.
Learning outcomes encompass program completion, effectiveness of
teaching and curricula, and the extent to which students are
prepared for employment.
1-Students are expected to maintain high grade point averages (GPA >
3.0) that reflect their course grades attained throughout the
2-The combination of courses comprising the degree ensures that
students acquire effective communication skills, management skills,
a full understand of the scientific method, and show competency in
ecological, geological, chemical and biological concepts.
3-Completion of the degree is expected to lead to placement in the
chosen field in a position requiring graduate training or to career
advancement in the case of working professionals.
4-Students are expected to complete degrees within 2 years, and
within 5 years in the case of part-time students.
Upon completion of the online degree, students will have acquired:
1-The experience of first-hand (i.e. online) discussion and
information-exchange with their peers and recognized experts in a
variety of related fields and locations, nationally and
2-An excellent base of online contacts, organizations and research
centers for further study and professional development.
3-Competence and familiarity with use of a range of current
information technologies. Coastal studies combine elements of
ecology, geology, physics, engineering, economics, law, the social
sciences, and management. In addition to a range of elective courses
spanning these aforementioned topics, all students are required to
take 5 core courses. For the capstone option, students must complete
45 credit hours (39 course credits and 6 capstone paper credits).
- Two tracks are available. The thesis track requires students to
complete course work and a research project culminating in a thesis.
An alternative track is the capstone option that requires students
to complete course work and produce a comprehensive library-based
paper on a relevant topic. The latter track is usually more
appropriate for students pursuing the distance degree.
ACCESS TO LEARNING RESOURCES
- Online students are provided NSU computer accounts but must
obtain their own Internet service providers and computers. All
prospective distance students applying to enter an OC-based course
or program must attest to their ability to access a computer with a
modem to be considered for admission.Online students are provided
NSU computer accounts. Students may use either an IBM-compatible PC
or an Apple-Macintosh computer.
The following minimum computer system requirements are specified on
Oceanographic Center website:
� Pentium (or Celeron) 200mhz
� Sound card and Speakers
� Internet Explorer 5.0 or Netscape Navigator 4.5 or higher
� 56K Modem
� Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, Me, XP
� CD ROM
� Personal e-mail address
� Internet Service Provider
� Office 97, 2000, XP including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
� New release of Virus Program (Dr. Solomon, McAfee, Norton,
ACCESS TO FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES
- Online students are provided access to the same library
resources normally available to on-campus students. The university抯
Distance Library Services (DLS) are accessible from a web site that
provides online students with the ability to conduct index and
catalog searches, request books, journal articles, and other
documents using online forms, and to contact a reference librarian.
Students may also communicate with the DLS office using email,
telephone, and fax. The NSU Library system provides access to over
10 million volumes, 200 online databases, and 28,000 full-text
journals. All materials mailed by the library are sent by
first-class mail. When books are borrowed, the student has to pay a
small charge for third-class postage to return them. Books are
loaned for one month. Periodical copies or ERIC documents need not
be returned. Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, as the university's
official bookstore, offers comprehensive bookstore services to our
local and online students and carries textbooks for all the
university抯 courses. While students have the option to purchase
textbooks from other online and local sources, there are benefits
from purchasing from the university's bookstore (on-campus or
online), including better availability. The university's bookstore
provides the full-spectrum of shipping options. The school insures
that required textbooks are available, and then posts them on its
website at least one month prior to the start of each term. Students
should place their orders early enough to ensure delivery prior to
the start of the term.
- The Office of Student Financial Assistance administers the
university抯 financial aid programs of grants, loans, scholarships,
and student employment and provides professional financial advisers
to help students plan for the most efficient use of their financial
resources for education. In order to participate in financial aid
programs, a student must be admitted into a university program and
must be a citizen, a national, or a permanent resident of the United
States, or be in the United States for other than a temporary
purpose. A prospective student who requires financial assistance
must apply for financial aid while he or she is a candidate for
admission. Students/applicants may apply for financial aid online.
For additional information or application forms call 800-806-3680 or
954-262-3380. To continue financial aid, at a minimum, enrolled
students must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress toward a
stated educational objective in accordance with the university抯
policy on satisfactory progress for financial aid recipients.
SPECIAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
SPECIAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
- Students are expected to maintain high grade point averages (GPA
> 3.0) that reflect their course grades attained throughout the
program. Students are expected to complete degrees within 2 years,
and within 5 years in the case of part-time students.
ACCESS TO ADVISING/MENTORING SERVICES
- 1. Admission as a degree-seeking candidate 2. Completion of all
curriculum and program requirements (including prerequisite courses)
3. Satisfactory fulfillment of the GPA and Grade Requirements for
course work taken (including specialization courses taken at the
master抯 level) 4. Payment of all tuition and fees 5. Completion of
the form Application for Degree and payment of graduation fee. The
Application for Degree form may be downloaded from the school抯
website, or obtained from the Office of Enrollment Services or the
Office of the University Registrar. Students should complete the
form at the time of registration for their final term. 6.
Fulfillment of all obligations to the library, the student抯 program,
and the comptroller抯 office.
SPECIAL TRANSFER POLICIES
- Oceanographic Center distance learning students have the support
of Distance Library Services through the William S. Richardson
Library. The Manager of Library Services provides assistance in
locating research materials and directs students to an online
library tutorial. Online/distance students may order books, request
copies of journal articles, obtain library instructional material on
the web or via postal mail, and use NSU抯 Alvin Sherman Library to
access databases that include full-text and full-image documents.
NSU抯 library system provides off-campus students almost all of the
library services available to on-campus students.
The Help Desk of the university抯 Office of Information Technologies
(OIT) provides assistance with many online technology issues via
phone or email support. Examples of services include help with
connecting to the university from home; configuring a PPP
connection; troubleshooting email account problems; navigating
through WebCT; setting up Outlook, Netscape Navigator, and Internet
Explorer; and other technology issues.
The school, using WebCT as an online course management system,
provides a range of tools and methods to support faculty-to-student
interaction including online discussion boards, chat rooms, white
boards, email, telephone, and a system for online submission, review
and grading of assignments. Professors also use email, the
telephone, and fax.
The IZone within NSU抯 Office of Information Technologies maintains a
website which provides students with an online orientation,
including tutorials, to WebCT, email, and other methods necessary
for coursework completion.
SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
- M.S. students may transfer up to six credits of previous
graduate course work. Course work must replicate Oceanographic
Center offerings in the major field of interest or must clearly be
closely related. Students should submit requests for transfer
credits in writing, with documentation indicating the subject matter
and that the transfer credits were of graduate level from accredited
SPECIAL ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS
SPECIAL PROGRAM PREREQUISITES
- For the capstone option, students must complete 45 credit hours
(39 course credits and 6 capstone paper credits).