The School of Ocean Science and Engineering offers the Master of Science in Hydrographic Science (M.S.) degree.
The purpose of the M.S. program in Hydrographic Science is to provide students with technical and practical expertise in advanced hydrographic methods and standards that will enable them to assume leadership roles in using modern techniques in academic, government, military, and private organizations engaged in hydrographic activities.
Course Requirements (36 hours)
- HYD 600 - Classical Geodesy 3 hrs.
- HYD 601 - Hydrographic Data Management 3 hrs.
- HYD 604 - Kinematic Positioning 3 hrs.
- HYD 605 - Applied Bathymetry 3 hrs.
- HYD 607 - Oceanography for Hydrographers 3 hrs.
- HYD 608 - Practical Hydrographic Science 2 hrs.
- HYD 609 - Nautical Science 1 hr.
- HYD 611 - Remote Sensing for Hydrographers 3 hrs.
- HYD 612 - Water Levels 3 hrs.
- HYD 620 - Math Concepts for Hydrographers 3 hrs.
- MAR 668 - Applied Ocean Acoustics 3 hrs.
Option I Required Courses (6 hours)
- HYD 603 - Law and Policy for Hydrographic Science 1 hr.
- HYD 606 - Nautical Cartography and GIS 2 hrs.
- HYD 610 - Hydrographic Science Field Project 3 hrs.
Option II Required Courses (6 hours)
- HYD 696 - Capstone Review 3 hrs.
- Approved Elective 3 hrs.
In addition to the Admission Requirements and Procedures for all graduate programs as set forth in this Bulletin, regular admission to the master's program in hydrographic science requires:
- Successful completion of the Graduate Record Examination (all sections) and a high grade point average for the last two years of undergraduate study. Successful applicants have highly competitive scores and have grade point averages of 3.0 or above.
- Three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess the applicant's readiness for graduate study.
- A letter of intent should also be addressed to the school director expressing personal academic, research, and career goals. This letter is used in two ways in the admission process. It provides a sample of the applicant's writing competency and communication skills, and provides information concerning the compatibility of the applicant's interests with school research interests.
- A minimum score of 80 is required on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a minimum score of 6.5 is required on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for applicants whose native language is not English.
- Hold a baccalaureate degree that includes courses in single variable calculus, multi-variable calculus and physics. A course in differential equations is recommended. Applicants should also be familiar with linear algebra, statistics, and MATLAB programming.
Applicants who are not eligible for regular admission may be considered for conditional admission. Students admitted conditionally must maintain a 3.0 GPA for the first nine (9) hours of coursework numbered 500 and above or on all coursework taken while completing this nine (9) hour requirement. If this requirement is not met, the student is not allowed to remain in the program. Upon recommendation by the school director and approval by the dean, the student admitted conditionally may have his or her admission status changed to "regular admission."
For students wishing to be considered for graduate assistantships for the academic year beginning in the fall semester, application materials should be received no later than March 1.