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The Rady School and Scripps Institution of Oceanography to investigate new dual degree program

Courtesy of Leonardo Fleck
January 28, 2005
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The Rady School of Management and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego were recently awarded a planning grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to study the feasibility of establishing a dual degree program in marine science and management at UC San Diego. The Foundation provided this grant with the hope of educating and improving the quality of managers who work on environmental and marine resource management issues in industry, government and non-profit sectors.

The grant will enable the Rady School and Scripps to conduct a market assessment of a new degree program. This assessment, which will consider the interests and needs of prospective students and employers in this field, will be conducted by the Beyster Institute at the Rady School, with input from Scripps.

If the research findings indicate that there is sufficient interest in such a degree, Scripps and the Rady School would then develop a curriculum for an MBA/M.S. (marine science) degree program.

“The Rady School’s focus on educating business leaders in the science community makes this prospective degree program a natural fit for us,” said Rady School Dean Robert S. Sullivan. “We’re proud to be working with Scripps on a program that the business community will certainly embrace, and feel that this new degree program could provide great opportunities for research collaborations as well as educational offerings.”

"Scripps is pleased to be working with the Rady School to develop a dual degree program," said Charles Kennel, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography. “Scripps is increasingly seeking to train graduate students in how to apply their scientific knowledge to real-world problems. A program that jointly educates the business leaders of tomorrow and the scientists of tomorrow is an ideal next step.”

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation was established in September 2000 to create positive outcomes for future generations. The Foundation funds outcome-based grants and initiatives to achieve significant and measurable results. Grantmaking supports the Foundation's principal areas of interest: global environmental conservation, science, higher education and the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Rady School at UC San Diego offers a revolutionary MBA program that grows innovators into successful business leaders. Situated in San Diego’s globally recognized hotbed of innovation, the school is uniquely poised to offer access to both cutting-edge research and a fully engaged business community. The Rady School presents an integrated approach to business and technology and emphasizes cross-boundary collaborations and joint degree programs with UC San Diego centers of excellence: science, engineering, medicine, economics and international relations. The Rady School draws upon UC San Diego’s tradition of risk-taking and breakthrough innovation to recruit the top educators and students in the world.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at the University of California, San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest and most important centers for global science research and graduate training in the world. The National Research Council has ranked Scripps first in faculty quality among oceanography programs nationwide. The scientific scope of the institution has grown since its founding in 1903 to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today in 65 countries. The institution has a staff of about 1,300 and annual expenditures of approximately $140 million from federal, state and private sources. Scripps operates one of the largest U.S. academic fleets with four oceanographic research ships and one research platform for worldwide exploration.