Oceanography Ph.D.

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Minimum Requirements for Oceanography Ph.D.: 18 credits

General University Requirements
Complete the graduate general university requirements.
Ph.D. Degree Requirements
Complete the Ph.D. degree requirements.18
As part of the Ph.D. requirements, complete the following:
Thesis (18 credits)
Oceanography Program Requirements
Complete coursework equivalent to M.S. degree. 1
Total Credits18

There are no fixed course requirements, nor is an M.S. degree required to earn the Ph.D. degree. However, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree in oceanography (biological, chemical, fisheries, geological and physical oceanography) will be expected to have completed coursework at least equivalent to that required for the corresponding M.S. degree.

Note: Oceanography majors must demonstrate field experience aboard an oceanographic vessel.

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Admission Requirements

Complete the following admission requirements:

  • Submit GRE scores.
  • Resume
  • Statement of goals
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • Note: Students are admitted to the graduate program in oceanography on the basis of their ability and the capability of the program to meet their particular interests and needs. Applications are considered throughout the year but students should apply by March 1 to have the best chance for admission and financial support for the subsequent fall semester. Assistantship stipends are awarded competitively and limited fellowship support is available. Most students are supported on research projects that relate directly to their degree research.

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Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes are measurable statements that describe knowledge or skills achieved by students upon completion of the program.

Students graduating from this program will be able to:

  • Be subject experts
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Have experience in gathering data at sea or in the field
  • Be prepared to work as university-level educators or professional scientists, who contribute to the body of scientific knowledge within an oceanographic discipline
  • Be satisfied with the quality of their educational experience and time to graduation