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Ocean & Earth Sciences (M.S.)

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 2 semesters
Cost In-State US$547; Out-of-State US$1,383 per credit hour

The masters in Ocean & Earth Science integrated curriculum uses active learning by promoting research and education. It is designed to give graduates the skill sets to prepare them for a range of careers in academia, and the public and private sectors. The graduate program in OEAS draws from the strength of our diverse faculty and their active research programs that span the globe. Graduate students have the opportunity to take part in research projects among a broad suite of field sites from the local waters of the Chesapeake Bay to the polar regions.

What makes Ocean & Earth Sciences at ODU unique?

  • Our graduate students present their research at national conferences, including the American Geophysical Union, Ocean Sciences and the Geological Society of America meetings

  • Community building is a strong aspect of graduate life in our Department thanks to our active Graduate Student Organization

  • Many of our graduate students participate in sea-going research expeditions around the world

  • We have faculty doing active research from here in Hampton Roads to the Arctic and Antarctic


Structural components
Internship/Workplace experience
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project


Students entering the Master of Science program in Ocean & Earth Sciences should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

ISCED Categories

Marine Geology
Physical and chemical oceanography