University of North Carolina – Wilmington

University of North Carolina, Wilmington Chapter of The Coastal Society


The UNCW Chapter is organized for the educational purposes of: promoting knowledge, understanding, and wise use of coastal environments; fostering interdisciplinary cooperation and communication among professionals, interest groups, and individuals concerning coastal environments; encouraging wise use of coastal resources consistent with the dynamic natural processes of coastal environments; and providing public information on the importance of effective research and management programs. The UNCW Chapter aims to provide a meaningful forum for interaction between professionals and students. This shall be accomplished by hosting guest speakers selected from local, state, and national environmental professionals, and events such as beach sweeps and environmental/coastal movie screenings. The UNCW Chapter will partner with other organizations with a similar mission.

Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Biddle

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MS in Environmental Studies program at UNCW
The University of North Carolina Wilmington is currently recruiting for the fall 2018 cohort in the MS in Environmental Studies program. The MS EVS is an exciting, interdisciplinary curriculum focusing on linking classroom experience with hands-on fieldwork, and culminating in a semester-long internship with an environmentally related organization (no thesis required). Our program is both challenging and rewarding, with a high degree of collegiality among students and faculty. MS concentrations are available in Coastal Management, Environmental Conservation and Management, Marine and Coastal Education, and Environmental Education and Interpretation. An Individualized Concentration is also available for those who wish to design their own curriculum in conjunction with faculty.

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DUAL MASTERS PROGRAM in Env Studies-Public Admin
In 2018, the University of North Carolina Wilmington established a new dual degree program – Master of Science in Environmental Studies and Master of Public Administration program. This is the first Dual Degree Program at UNCW where successful candidates can earn two degrees in three years as opposed to four years if enrolled separately.

This degree option is specifically for students who want to bridge the communication gap between environmental science and public policy. Potential post-graduation opportunities associated with the program include: career tracks in coastal planning and management and other environmental programs at the federal, state, or local level; careers in nonprofit organizations focused on environmental issues; and private sector jobs focused on consulting or regulatory compliance. Our program is both challenging and rewarding, with a high degree of collegiality among students and faculty between both departments.

Students seeking admission to the dual M.S. EVS/M.P.A. degree program must complete an application for admission to both programs. Students must be successfully admitted to both degree programs, in accordance with their individual standards and requirements.

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For questions or additional information, please feel free to contact Dr. James A. Rotenberg, Graduate Program Coordinator, at