Center for the Blue Economy Professional education and research to promote ocean and coastal sustainability


The Center for the Blue Economy (CBE) has launched a 16-credit concentration in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) for master's degree students in the Monterey Institute's International Environmental Policy (IEP) program.


The OCRM concentration combines the traditional study of marine law, science, and policy with coursework in ocean and coastal economics and sustainable coastal management. The Center’s academic program educates the next generation of marine leaders, equipping them with essential interdisciplinary skills to synthesize complex information, manage diverse teams, determine best practices, produce original research, and help shape and direct the agenda for global marine policy.

Students pursuing the OCRM concentration are directly engaged in the CBE’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 Monterey 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 through the Center for fully-paid summer fellowships as well as local 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.