The NSU Oceanographic Center offers two four-course graduate certificates, with courses available in a convenient and flexible online or evening (in-house) format. Students may take either a Graduate Certificate in Coastal Studies, or in Marine and Coastal Climate Change. Applicants with any undergraduate major will be considered for admission. All of NSU's programs are fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and students accepted into the program may be eligible for financial aid.
The Graduate Certificates aim to provide:
a credible, holistic, and timely introduction and knowledge of key ecological and socio-environmental issues related to the oceans and coastal zone. The core courses for the Graduate Certificate in Marine and Coastal Climate Change focus upon climate-related ecological and socio-economic impacts.
an understanding of the international, national, and local importance and impact of ocean and coastal issues, and sensitivity to cross-cultural and international perspectives.
a web-based forum for sharing topical national and international information, perspectives, and case studies with their peers and professionals in a variety of related fields and locations.
a stand-alone Certificate from an accredited university for working professionals in a variety of related fields.
credit towards further Masters study at the Oceanographic Center, whether online (MA in Coastal and Ocean Studies, MS in Coastal Zone Management) or in-house (MS in Coastal Zone Management, Marine Biology or Marine Environmental Science). Credit can also be applied towards an MA in Cross-Disciplinary Studies (Coastal Environment and Society track) offered in partnership with NSU Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Students can enroll in courses in any semester (Summer, Fall 1 or 2, or Winter 1 or 2). Students studying towards a Marine and Coastal Climate Change certificate must complete two core online courses, MCCC 5300 Climate Change: The Scientific Basis and MCCC 5350 Climate Change: The Societal Perspective. There are no required core courses for the Graduate Certificate in Coastal Studies program. Elective courses may be chosen from any course offered with a CZMT, MCCC or MA prefix. While the majority of courses are offered in an online format, students accepted into the Graduate Certificate program may apply to fulfill one or more of the required elective courses from in-house or field-based offerings, pending instructor's acceptance.
For the Graduate Certificate program, courses do not have to be taken over consecutive semesters; students can enroll according to the schedule most convenient for them as long as all course work is completed within five years of initial registration. The Certificates are awarded upon successful completion (C grade or higher) of four appropriate courses.
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How much will the total program cost?
Tuition and fees:
12 credits x $970/credit hour: $11,640
Registration fees: $25/term
Annual Student Services fee: $750 maximum
Books and supplies: approximately $500
Total: approximately $12,890
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 Coastal Studies:
71 percent of graduates completed the program in this time
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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The Mission of the Oceanographic Center is to carry out innovative, basic and applied research and to provide high-quality graduate and undergraduate education in a broad range of marine science and related disciplines.