Integrated Coastal Sciences Ph.D. Program

A Multi-Disciplinary Approach

ECU’s Ph.D. in Integrated Coastal Sciences prepares students to solve the complex coastal problems of the future through a multidisciplinary approach across health, natural and social sciences.  It is a research-intensive doctoral degree program that provides a flexible program of classroom instruction, field research, work experience, and doctoral dissertation.  Students will be prepared for careers in government agencies, private firms, nonprofit organizations, and academic research and educational programs.  

Dr. Sid Mitra, Director of the Integrated Coastal Sciences Ph.D. program believes “Coastal Scientists of the future must be adequately trained and understand research theory in the integration across the disciplines of natural, health and social sciences to address the complex problems facing coastal societies.”

Led by East Carolina University (ECU), The Coastal Studies Institute is a multi-institutional research and educational partnership of the UNC System including North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington, and Elizabeth City State University.


Based at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program (NCROEP) advances inter-disciplinary marine energy solutions across UNC System partner colleges of engineering at NC State University, UNC Charlotte, and NC A&T University.


ECU's Integrated Coastal Programs (ECU ICP) is a leader in coastal and marine research, education, and engagement.   ECU ICP includes the Coastal Studies Institute, ECU's Department of Coastal Studies, and ECU Diving and Water Safety.


The faculty and staff at the Coastal Studies Institute come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, as well as departments and organizations including ECU Department of Biology, ECU Department of Coastal Studies, NC Sea Grant, the North Carolina Renewable Energy Program, and the UNC Institute for the Environment.


Tour the ECU Outer Banks Campus and learn about the research, education, and engagement projects of CSI and ECU Integrated Coastal Programs through our 360 virtual tour.


The ECU Outer Banks campus is home to the Coastal Studies Institute.
Located on Roanoke Island along the banks of the second largest estuary
in the United States, this coastal campus spans 213 acres of marshes, scrub wetlands, forested wetlands, and estuarine ecosystems.