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

Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM)

The OCRM track is a combination of the traditional fields of marine science, policy, and law along with courses focusing on the economic and management challenges posed by increased coastal development, demand for ocean resources, and the threats from climate change.

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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 marine issues relevant for policymaking and management decisions.

Students enrolled in the International Environmental Policy (IEP) program* have the OCRM concentration recorded on their official transcripts by completing the following courses, in addition to their IEP degree requirements:

*IEP students completing this concentration automatically meet the 8-credit track requirements. Students enrolled at other institutions in the COS MARINE consortium may also be eligible for this 16-credit course of study. Please contact the CBE Program Manager for more information.


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 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.