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Bachelor of Arts in Marine Affairs

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 8 semesters
Cost TOTAL ESTIMATE: $73,354 (tuition, food/housing, books, transportation, fees, personal costs)

The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) offers a Bachelor of Arts in Marine Affairs degree with a major in Marine Affairs. This program is designed for students who wish to prepare themselves for graduate studies and careers in marine policy, political ecology, marine resource economics, management and conservation of marine resources, environmental impact analysis, marine cultural resources, marine anthropology, spatial planning, ocean and coastal law and policy.


This program strives to provide the rigor, flexibility, depth and integration to enable students to:

  • Pursue a course of study that provides both depth and breadth in marine affairs and related science and policy courses. 
  • Prepare themselves for public and private sector employment, graduate school, and successful careers.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively.
  • Students will demonstrate an overall knowledge and understanding of the core concepts in Marine Affairs.
  • Students will be able to successfully integrate important concepts in marine affairs to address a real-world issue in marine policy and marine resource management.
Structural components
Industry partners
Internship/Workplace experience
Practical/Field work

Application procedure

1. Complete the Common Application
Complete and submit the Common Application. Upon submitting, you will be asked to pay a $70 nonrefundable application fee. Be sure you use the same email address for every part of the application process, including registering for standardized tests.

In the Common Application, you will be asked to respond to one of seven prompts, using 650 words or less. This essay portion of the application gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to develop your thoughts, to communicate them clearly, and to write them concisely conveying your unique voice. We also ask that you list your involvement in extracurricular activities outside of school involvements and/or commitments; these will be evaluated as another factor in the admission process. 

2. Send Official High School Transcripts
Review the options below and follow the instructions for the option that describes your educational background. 

3. Submitting Test Scores
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4. Complete the School Report
The School Report should be completed by your high school guidance counselor and can be found on the Common Application. It is often submitted along with your high school transcript and information about your high school. 

5. Submit Letters of Recommendation
We require you to submit two letters of recommendation: one from a high school guidance counselor and one from a teacher. These can be submitted electronically through the Common Application or Naviance, by email to, or by mail to one of the following addresses:

6. Submit Educational Activities
If you have a time gap of three months or more during your educational career or from the time you graduated high school to the date of your intended University of Miami enrollment, you must submit an Educational Activities statement explaining the reason for the gap(s) and include the dates. You may provide this explanation within your Common Application or by emailing it to Be sure to include the subject line “Educational Activities” and your full name and date of birth on all correspondence. This information is required to complete your application file.

7. Complete the International Financial Certification Form (International applicants only)
The University of Miami is need-aware for first-year international undergraduate applicants. This means that, for a portion of international applicants, the Admission Committee will consider that student’s ability to pay tuition without the need for financial aid. UM is committed to meeting the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted international students.

All prospective first-year international students who apply for admission to UM must submit an International Financial Certification Form, which can be accessed via CaneLink Full Site after you have submitted your application. 

8. Submit Financial Aid Documents
Review the options below and follow the instructions for the option that best applies to you.

9. Send Conduct Updates
If there is an update to your conduct (academic or behavioral) or your standing as a student in your high school (suspension, expulsion, withdrawal, etc.) you must alert the Office of Undergraduate Admission immediately at All other non-conduct updates can be sent to Be sure to include your name and date of birth on all documents.

10. Check Your Application Status
Visit our Check Your Application Status page to learn how to navigate your CaneLink account—your online student portal—to track your application materials and view your admission decision.

Grant opportunities

Incoming Students

UM awards merit-based scholarships to incoming undergraduate students based on their academic achievements. Students are automatically considered for an academic scholarship when they apply for admission to UM.

ISCED Categories

Project management
Maritime economy
Policy and governance
Marine and maritime law
Conservation and environmental management
Marine spatial planning