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MEAS Undergraduate Updates

My name is Josh Coco and I’m the Executive Director at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) at the University of Miami. Spring and fall 2021 applications are now open for the following degrees: PhD (fully funded), Master of Science (MS), and Master of Professional Science (MPS). At RSMAS, PhD students are supported as Graduate Research Assistants during their tenure (typically 5 years). These assistantships provide an annual salary of $30,312 (USD), and tuition and health insurance are provided. A list of PhD Assistantships are available here: More assistantships will post to this site on a weekly basis; therefore, we encourage you to review this site regularly and contact faculty directly. Please be advised, select faculty do not list their assistantships online, and instead, only consider individuals who submitted an application for an assistantship with their lab/office. To increase your chances for an assistantship, apply by December 1, 2020. Fall 2021 applications received prior to January 1, 2021 will be reviewed. The GRE has been waived for all PhD, MS, and MPS programs. Do not hesitate to contact me for updates on this, or feel free to visit our website for the latest news.

MPS students enroll in the same courses as PhD and MS students, and patriciate in an internship and/or research in the field in lieu of a traditional thesis/dissertation which is required for MS/PhD students. Past MPS students engaged in internships with host organizations such as NOAA, the National Park Service, and U.S. and international NGOs to name a few. For the MPS program, 94% of graduates secure employment in their field within 6 months of receiving their degree. MPS degree has rolling admission until June for international applicants and July for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. PhD/MS applicants who want to be considered for the MPS program in addition to PhD or MS, can do so at no extra cost by checking the box for “Master of Professional Science” on the application form.  This allows an individual to apply for multiple graduate programs at RSMAS for one application fee. A partial-tuition waiver (merit-based waiver) will be considered for applicants who meet our GPA-only or GRE + GPA criteria. The MPS program has 14 tracks (area of concentration) below:

Degree Programs

Sign-up for Virtual Open House (Oct 23, 2020 @ 2EST) –

Virtual Walking Tour of Campus:

1-on-1 Information Session with Me or Students/Alumni from PhD, MS, and MPS Programs – Schedule a Session Here:

Virtual Magazines for all RSMAS Degrees (Graduate & Undergraduate):

Google Tour of campus:

Watch April 2020’s Virtual Open House:

Apply Online:

MPS Alumni Profiles:

PhD/MS Student Directory:

Class Schedules Spring 2020 (all degree programs):

Class Schedules Fall 2020 (all degree programs):

Internship Host Archives – MPS Students:

Internship Report Archives – MPS Students:

In an effort to support the University’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, the Master of Professional Science program at the Rosenstiel School now offers 4 Rosenstiel Opportunity Scholarships. This scholarship provides high-achieving students from historically underserved or underrepresented populations, and/or socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, to earn a master’s degree from the Rosenstiel School at no cost or significantly reduced tuition cost (student fees still apply). Each scholarship consists of 24 credits and allows recipients to earn an additional 6 credits (maximum) through the MPS program’s merit-based waiver. Completion of 30-credits total is required for master’s degree at UM; therefore, scholarship recipients are eligible to complete the MPS program at no or significantly reduced tuition cost: scholarship + waiver (the latter if eligible).  Scholarship recipients will be notified in March of 2021 for Fall 2021 start.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me; I’m happy discuss the information listed above and any other topics of interest. I’m available via facetime, Skype, Zoom, email, telephone or text (561) 460-1019.  Excited to connect with you about the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) at the University of Miami!