The Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences (MEES) Program is a unique graduate education program offered through the University System of Maryland. The MEES curriculum provides a balance of disciplinary strength and interdisciplinary perspective, designed for environmental issues in the 21st century. Students work with faculty to develop an individually tailored program of study in route to a research-based master's or doctoral degree.
The hallmark of the MEES program is that students can access training in the full breadth of environmental sciences from the social sciences to molecular ecology. All students receive quantitative training, professional development, and are exposed to a variety of interdisciplinary issues. MEES alumni enter a diversity of fields in academic, government agencies, non-governmental organizations and private industry.
MEES leverages the expertise of faculty from five universities; the University of Maryland, College Park; University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore; the University of Maryland, Baltimore; and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Classes are offered using interactive video technology so that courses from the different universities can be accessed by students.
The MEES Curriculum is designed around four interdisciplinary Foundational Areas: 1) Environment and Society; 2) Earth and Ocean Sciences; 3) Ecological Systems, and 4) Environmental Molecular Science and Technology. Students begin their academic training by taking the appropriate introductory Foundation course. Then, with the guidance of their advisory committee, students select additional elective courses that are specific to the student's interests. These courses may remain within their chosen Foundation or incorporate elements of other Foundations. There are numerous elective courses that can be taken to meet each student's diverse interests and study focus. Students also take several professional development courses and participate in seminars and issue study groups.
We encourage you to learn about the MEES curriculum, explore the research conducted by our award-winning faculty, and then apply to join us in the MEES Graduate Program!