Graduate Student Programs

The Duke Marine Lab hosts several distinct graduate student populations pursuing their degrees through different departments. Details on these degree programs are below; please contact the individuals identified for additional information on each program.


Professional Master's Degree in Environmental Management

The Master of Environmental Management (MEM) degree is offered through Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. The MEM degree trains students to understand the scientific basis of environmental problems, as well as the social, political and economic factors that determine effective policy options. Students opting for a MEM degree in Coastal Environmental Management spend the first year in Durham fulfilling required course work; the second year is typically spent at the Marine Lab, where further course work and a Master's Project are completed.

For additional information about the CEM program, contact CEM Program Coordinator, Sarah Phillips at sarah.anne.phillips@duke.edu or 252-504-7531.


Doctoral Program 

The PhD degree is offered through the Duke Graduate School via the Division of Marine Science and Conservation, the University Program in Ecology, or the Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program. Approximately five Ph.D. candidates are accepted each year.

For additional information on the PhD degree please visit our PhD Degree page or contact Rachel Lo Piccolo, Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies at rachel.lopiccolo@duke.edu or 252-504-7585.

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Global Fellows in Marine Conservation (Summer)

The Duke University Marine Lab's Summer Program focuses on principles necessary for the conservation and preservation of coastal and ocean environments during an intensive 5-week summer session. This program is an opportunity for international students and international professionals at any level to think about conservation biology and policy in an environment full of students, faculty and practitioners grappling with the same issues. The focus is on interdisciplinary problem solving using biophysical and social science to address real world environmental problems.

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