The answer is simple: so you are prepared for the challenges of managing marine resources in the 21st century.
The Master of Marine Affairs (MMA) is an internationally recognized master’s degree for those who want to work in marine policy and administration. This degree is focused on the intersection of public policy and natural and social sciences, so you have the knowledge and skills necessary to tackle the complicated problems in this field and succeed.
SMEA graduates are uniquely qualified for various marine and environmental affairs related positions. They go on to become policy makers, analysts, administrators, consultants, nonprofit managers, activists, and researchers.
Our students bring to the program a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds, and are from all around the country and world. This diversity of perspectives, interests, knowledge, and experiences creates a melting-pot environment that reflects the many different components of marine and environmental affairs as a field.
Our faculty are an interdisciplinary group as well, offering a variety of areas of expertise that result in a well-rounded curricular experience for students.
Our program is designed to provide you with a solid background in important subject area knowledge such as law, economics, and marine science, as well as analytical skills such as quantitative and policy analysis, and finally, the overarching theme of our curriculum – the Human Dimensions of Global Change in the Marine Environment (HDGCME).
Our alumni have careers at NOAA, The Nature Conservancy, Trident Seafoods, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Surfrider Foundation, Port of Seattle, Pew Environment Group, Tulalip Tribes, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, City of Seattle, World Wildlife Fund, Washington State Department of Ecology, and many other related organizations.
A Master of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Washington is an investment in yourself and your career.