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

Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM)

The CBE’s 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, global marine policy 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.

Summer Fellows Program

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:

  • Marine Science and Policy (4 credits)
  • International Marine Law (4 credits)
  • Ocean and Coastal Economics (4 credits)
  • Sustainable Coastal Management (4 credits)
  • Also required: Attendance at the Ocean and Coastal Resource Management Speaker Series

*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.