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Master of Science in Oceanography / Applied Ocean Science and Engineering

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 5 semesters
Entry level Bachelor
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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.

Structural components
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

Application procedure

Applications are submitted online (see How to Apply and Navy (SM) Online Application).

Grant opportunities

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

  • MIT Fellowships

  • WHOI Fellowships


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ISCED Categories

Logistics and shipping management
Marine and maritime law
Marine Geology
Physical and chemical oceanography
Machinery and operators
Naval engineering
Maritime security