Exploring the planet just became a little easier thanks to the University of Miami (UM).  The Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, in collaboration with the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science have teamed up to launch a new Master's degree in Exploration Science.   Offered as part of the innovative Master's of Professional Science (MPS) program, the new track gives students the tools to satisfy their thirst for expedition driven scientific inquiry and field-based communication by providing critical exploration skills. Deadline for enrollment in the new class has been extended through July 15, 2013.

Photo Credit: Wes Skyles, National Geographic Society 

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"Successful exploration involves a mix of scientific and practical skills as well as sensitivity to the ethical and cultural dimensions of working in different parts of our globe. In complement, new technologies allow researchers to communicate and share the experience of discovery—from the nosebleed heights to unimaginable depths­—with an audience beyond just scientists.  We believe that a specialized curriculum combining risk assessment, decision sciences, and hands-on training in skills ranging from navigation to science diving to remote medicine can further the next generation of explorers," said Dr. Kenny Broad, director of the Abess Center and 2011 National Geographic Explorer of the Year.

As scientific endeavors become increasingly specialized, projects require people with advanced degrees who have hands-on research and media experience. This program will be of value for scientists wishing to further their field skills, communication specialists who want to participate safely in remote field campaigns, and anyone who wants to be involved in the wider, growing efforts at citizen science and experiential education.

The Exploration Science curriculum combines scientific research theory and field skills will be tailored to the student's specific interests. The program can be completed in 12-18 months, with significant components done in the field, and a 3-6 month internship.

"Our MPS program is a very attractive option for students interested in acquiring the skills that prepare them to enter today's workforce, and the new Exploration Science offers a unique track for graduate students desiring to work in scientific exploration," said Dr. Roni Avissar, dean of UM's Rosenstiel School.  

Core courses in the MPS in Exploration Science include: Gold to Glory: History & Ethics in Exploration; Citizen and Participatory Science for Exploration; Exploration Technology and Media; and Research Diving.  Electives range from marine policy to broadcast journalism to tropical ecology and meteorology, and beyond.

For more information on the new track, please visit: Exploration Science.

The MPS program, launched in 2010 also offers degree programs in: Aquaculture; Broadcast Meteorology; Coastal Sustainability; Coastal Zone Management; Computational Meteorology and Oceanography; Fisheries Management and Conservation; Marine Conservation; Marine Mammal Science; Oceans and Human Health; Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management; Weather, Climate and Society; and Weather Forecasting. A JD/MPS is also available for students interested in a joint Juris Doctor and MPS in Marine Affairs degree.  All MPS programs at UM are accredited through the National Council of Graduate Schools - Professional Science Master's.   For more information, please visit:  http://mps.rsmas.miami.edu/

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