The MIT-WHOI Joint Program provides a high quality education leading to an internationally-recognized doctoral degree awarded by both institutions. The Joint Program is organized within five sub-disciplinary areas, each administered by a Joint Committee consisting of MIT faculty and WHOI scientists: Applied Ocean Science and Engineering, Biological Oceanography, Chemical Oceanography, Marine Geology and Geophysics, and Physical Oceanography. Cutting across the Joint Committees are interdisciplinary themes including “climate and climate impacts” and “coastal processes”. In addition to the cross-cutting themes, many students choose research topics which overlap two or more of the sub-disciplines, and Joint Program leadership works to support and accommodate students with interdisciplinary interests (see interdisciplinary statement and thesis examples). Thesis committees involving biologists and engineers, chemists and geologists, physical oceanographers and biologists are common.
The Joint Program offers a master’s degree program for U.S. Naval Officers, and more than 85 officers have received this degree dating back to the first award in 1970. With the exception of the U.S. Naval Officers program, students are not admitted to the Joint Program for a Master’s degree. However, a Master’s degree can be awarded in all programs on the way to a doctoral degree or as a terminal degree.
Financial Support Options
- Fellowships from outside agencies
Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) on Grants and Contracts
WHOI-Administered or MIT-Administered Traineeships
MIT Teaching Assistantships/WHOI Teaching Fellowships
For more information visit: https://mit.whoi.edu/admissions/funding/financial-support-options/