Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Ocean & Coastal Resource Management

The concentration in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) was developed after consulting with more than 20 of the world’s leading ocean and coastal resource management experts.

To make a difference on the international stage today, policy and management professionals must be trained to navigate an extremely complex web of marine laws and treaties, economic trends and incentives, and political dynamics. They must know cutting-edge science, but they must also understand law, politics, and business. An OCRM concentration imparts a sophisticated understanding of institutional processes and teaches practical skills across the social and natural sciences.

With the Summer Fellows Program, OCRM students have access to fully-funded internships with top marine organizations, using their skills to address real-world problems and gaining valuable networking opportunities. OCRM graduates have done very well in the job market, with approximately 90% currently employed in the ocean and coastal resource management field.


Ocean and Coastal Internship Matthew Nichols
Matthew Nichols during internship with MAERSK shipping in Denmark. Photo courtesy of Matthew Nichols.

The OCRM coursework provides rigorous qualitative and quantitative skills-building that is interdisciplinary, current, and practical. All students produce original interdisciplinary research on current ocean and coastal resource management issues relevant for policymaking and management decisions.

Students in the OCRM concentration must complete the following courses, in addition to their IEP degree requirements:


Students pursuing the OCRM concentration are directly engaged in the Center for the Blue Economy’s world class research program, serving as research assistants on real-world projects with the potential to contribute significantly to global ocean and coastal sustainability.

Students also have access to cutting-edge classes, workshops, and seminars in the greater Monterey Bay area offered by Stanford’s Center for Ocean Solutions (COS) MARINE consortium, of which the Institute is a member.


Throughout the year, students gain practical experience in marine policy and management issues both inside and outside of the classroom. They are eligible for fully-paid summer fellowships as well as internships at top marine organizations (e.g. Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Oceana, Conservation International (CI), International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), WildAid, and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)) to position themselves for leadership roles immediately upon graduation.


Our graduates are routinely awarded prestigious Sea Grant Fellowships, and dozens of our alumni have risen to leadership positions in ocean and coastal resource management, both domestically and abroad.

Read more about where IEP alumni are currently employed.