Curriculum & Degree Requirements

Our program requires 60 credits, including a variety of interdisciplinary courses and unique specialization options. 

Students tend to their plots in the Our Green Thumb community garden.

Core Required Courses (24 credits)

Core Courses (20 credits)

Methods Course (4 credits, select one)

Elective and Specialization Courses (24 credits)

Business, Sustainability, & Development

The Business, Sustainability, and Development track is designed to develop the knowledge and skills needed to deliver targeted environmental and social benefits through sustainable enterprise.

Natural Resource Policy & Management

The Natural Resource Policy and Management track develops the knowledge and skills needed to craft effective strategies for the protection of marine and terrestrial ecosystems.

Ocean & Coastal Resource Management

Students who complete the new 16-credit concentration in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management automatically meet the 8-credit track requirement.


Students are allowed maximum flexibility in selecting courses that complement their chosen track, including additional environmental electives, as well as development, public administration, conflict resolution, trade and business courses from the Graduate School of International Policy and Management (GSIPM). Students may also take courses at the COS MARINE program and other neighboring institutions.

Language and Intercultural Studies (12 credits)

Language and Intercultural Studies program courses are offered in 7 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Additional languages are offered upon request. Through the Institute’s renowned content-based instruction, students combine advanced-level language skills development with topics related to their graduate coursework/professional interests. Our Intercultural Competency offerings provide students the cross-cultural communication skills needed to pursue global career opportunities.

Students can choose to complete the 12-credit Language and Intercultural Competency (ICC) component by taking 8-12 credits of language courses in a single language, and up to 4 credits of ICC coursework.  Students need to meet the minimum proficiency requirement in the language (200-level for Spanish and Arabic, 300-level for all other languages), demonstrated by taking a placement test.