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Marine Affairs, Coastal Engineering, Marine Archaeology and Maritime Law Education at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science & School of Law (Miami Law)

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A private research university with more than 15,000 students from around the world, the University of Miami (UMIAMI) is a vibrant and diverse academic community focused on teaching and learning, the discovery of new knowledge, and service to the South Florida region and beyond.In 2010, U.S.News & World Report recognized UM as the No.1 school in Florida, ranking it No. 47 in its listings of “America’s Best Colleges; it also cited several of its programs in “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

Established in 1925 during the region’s famous real estate boom, UM is a major research university engaged in nearly 9 million in research and sponsored program expenditures a year.

The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) was established in 1943 as the Marine Laboratory of the University of Miami. It has grown from its modest beginnings in a boathouse to be one of the nation’s leading institutions for Marine, Oceanographic and Atmospheric research and education.

University of Miami School of Law is one of the nation's leading institutions of legal education. Faculty members are leaders in their scholarly and professional fields which benefits the highly talented and diverse student body through a rich and challenging curriculum and a wide variety of professional skills training opportunities. More than 17,000 alumni practicing throughout the United States and in nearly eighty countries around the world – in all fields of practice from corporate to public interest law, in large firms, private practice, government service or as sole practitioners – can attest to the excellence of the education they received.

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Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs

  • BA in Marine Affairs: The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) and the College of Arts and Sciences jointly offer a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Marine Affairs and a minor in Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Geography, General Business or Political Science. This program is designed for students who wish to prepare themselves for graduate studies and careers in ocean related areas of business, policy, management, law, and communication.
  • 5 Year BA/MPS Program in Marine Affairs:A dual BA/MPS program enables qualified students from the undergraduate marine affairs program to earn a BA and an MPS degree in Marine Ecosystems and Society in 5 years

Graduate Programs

  • MS degree in Ocean Engineering: The College of Engineering and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science are offering a joint program that leads to a non-thesis MS degree in Ocean Engineering. The program has two tracks: remote sensing and maritime security, and a coastal engineering focused track. These tracks build upon the unique world class resources available through the CSTARS (http://www.cstars.miami.edu/) satellite receiving facility and the SUSTAIN wind-wave laboratory.
  • MPS in Underwater Archaeology: The MPS Underwater Archaeology track, focusing on the management of underwater cultural heritage (MUCH), is primarily technical, and will introduce participants to the legal and governance frameworks in this increasingly important discipline. Coursework will integrate topics such as legal aspects of submerged cultural resource management, marine protected areas, environmental impact assessment, and remote sensing surveys.

Maritime Law Programs

  • LL.M. in Maritime Law: Students may study on a full-time or part-time basis . For part-time study, the same minimum number of credits is required for the LL.M. degree and must be earned within two years from the initial date of matriculation. Students and practitioners interested in the following areas of Maritime Law should consider applying - International Law of the Sea, Admiralty Law, and Marine & Environmental Law and Policy
  • J.D. / LL.M. Joint Degree in Maritime Law: Students wishing to also obtain a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and J.D. students wishing to also obtain an LL.M. in Maritime Law should opt for the J.D./LL.M. in Maritime Law.
  • Intensive Legal English + LL.M. in Maritime Law: This three-semester program is designed for foreign-trained law graduates who need to improve their English proficiency before embarking on studying for their LL.M. in Maritime Law. For more information about our Intensive English program please visit LL.M. with Intensive English.


As one of the nation’s leading research universities, UM brings together world-renowned faculty and students from all over the region, the nation, and the world. Students come to participate in groundbreaking research, take stimulating courses, and engage in the rich and diverse cultures of South Florida.

  • Campus: The Coral Gables campus, with its two colleges and seven schools, is located on a 225-acre tract in suburban Coral Gables. The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is located on an 18-acre waterfront campus on Virginia Key in Biscayne Bay.
  • Accreditation: The University of Miami is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. The law programs are approved by American Bar Association (ABA).
  • Toppel Career Center: : The Toppel Career Center, located in the Whitten University Center, assists undergraduate students, graduate students and alumni in formulating their career plans and in pursuing graduate/professional school as well as full-time and internship opportunities.
  • Internship at Rosenstiel School: Each student of Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science will be required to complete an internship with an organization engaged in some activity associated with marine and atmospheric science and identify an Internship Supervisor. Internships can be either paid or unpaid by the organization, or students can complete the internship by formal participation in a University sponsored program.
  • Miami Law Externship: Externship Program allows students to obtain academic credit while working in a real world legal setting. The Externship Program offers national and international externships with corporations, government agencies, public interest organizations and the judiciary. The program is designed to enhance the educational experience of students by giving them an opportunity to do advanced legal work that generally is not available through the law school’s curriculum.
  • Miami Law Study Abroad: In today’s global economy, expertise in only one country’s system of laws is at times, no longer sufficient. For students looking to learn more about international law, Miami offers a several opportunities to earn credit through a tangible international law experience.
  • Housing: The University of Miami offers undergraduate on-campus housing in five residential colleges and University Village. Each residential college has resident faculty, student affairs professional staff members and student staff who live in the residential college with the resident students to support and promote student well-being, safety, academic achievement, student learning, and development.

LAST UPDATED ON Jun 10, 2019