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M.S. & Ph.D. in Oceanography

Thesis-based graduate work in Oceanography is offered at both the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) levels. Programs are designed to provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of oceanography, with a core emphasis on communication and data collection/evaluation. Research and thesis completion comprise a significant part of each program.

At the heart of these degrees is an independent, original research program culminating in a publishable thesis or dissertation. Cutting-edge research opportunities at both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels are available in the highly interdisciplinary fields of Marine Ecosystem Science and Health, Ocean Climate, Ocean Energy, and Ocean Observing Science and Technology.

The M.S. degree consists of 32 credit hours of combined coursework and research. The Ph.D. program entails 96 credit hours of combined coursework and research when entering with a Bachelor’s degree, and 64 when entering with a thesis-based M.S. in a related field. 

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