Students at SMEA are well prepared to launch fulfilling careers when they graduate.

The MMA degree provides them with a well-rounded science/policy perspective and strong analytical tools for tackling policy and management problems. Our graduates go on to many different types of careers spanning all forms of government, nonprofit, industry, and academia. You don’t have to look far to find a UW MMA in this field!

SMEA supports its students in their career development through one-on-one advising, hosting group career events such as alumni speaker panels, and by fostering connections and internship opportunities in the local area. As UW students, SMEA students can also take full advantage of the many career development resources available to them through the UW Career Center.

Faculty have connections around the globe and often are the source of internship or job opportunities for our graduates and research positions for current students.

The SMEA alumni network is also invaluable; through the relationships built while a student at SMEA, graduates create lifelong connections with each other and join a loyal alumni support and networking system.

SMEA also has an active LinkedIn group where opportunities are shared only with current students and alumni, and recent classes have created Facebook pages for themselves where they share relevant information with each other.

A number of our graduates are selected each year for highly competitive post-graduate fellowships, including the NOAA Sea Grant John A. Knauss Fellowship, Marc J. Hershman Marine Policy Fellowship, NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship, and the Presidential Management Fellowship Program. These fellowships are incredible opportunities for not only learning and career development, but also the networking and relationship building that lead to future employment in the field.

With a MMA degree in hand, your career options are expanded and your ability to make an impact on important marine and environmental matters is increased. What are you waiting for?

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