The M.S. program consists of a rigorous interdisciplinary approach to oceanographic processes. This program is ideally suited to prepare students for positions in research, management, environmental protection, and resource development. Graduates will have a firm basis for more advanced study and the tools and training needed for effective careers.
The Ph.D. program is designed to prepare students to identify and solve problems in oceanographic science. It builds on a flexible, interdisciplinary program and prepares students to become effective, independent problem solvers. Students will be free to emphasize their own interests in oceanography but are expected to acquire a broad base of interdisciplinary knowledge. Graduates are prepared to compete successfully for postdoctoral and faculty appointments as well as positions directing research at government or industrial laboratories, and managerial positions at not-for-profit and government agencies.
Although both the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are research-based, regular educational courses are a vital part of the SoMAS graduate program. They provide an efficient way for students from diverse backgrounds to arrive at a similar level of knowledge about marine systems and a mechanism for intellectual interaction within SoMAS. For students in the Marine Sciences track, the core courses are Physical Oceanography (MAR 501), Biological Oceanography (MAR 502), Chemical Oceanography (MAR 503), and Geological Oceanography (MAR 506).
During their second semester, all Marine Sciences track students are required to take the 2-credit Scientific Communication course (MAR 568). This course is intended to help students develop a variety of skills essential to success in graduate school and beyond.
Graduate Course Descriptions
SoMAS graduate students complete a thesis working closely with one or more of SoMAS's excellent faculty. By the end of their second semester of study, all students must choose an advisor who will guide their research, approve course selections, and oversee their efforts toward degree completion.
Prospective students: To find a SoMAS faculty member whose research interests match yours, visit our faculty and research pages.