Ocean Engineering (M.S.)


Programs in Ocean Engineering are by definition interdisciplinary and require students to interact with the ocean science community as well as the traditional engineering disciplines. In this context, students are exposed to the broad-based issues of working engineering problems in the ocean environment. They are trained to develop responsible solutions to problems that will lead to sustainable activity and life in the ocean.

The Master of Science in Ocean Engineering requires the completion of at least 30 graduate credits.

M.S. Degree Requirements

Core Courses2
Ocean Seminars I
and Ocean Seminars II
Select one of the following:3-4
Biological Oceanography
Chemical Oceanography
Introduction to Physical Oceanography
Geological Oceanography
Applied Physical Oceanography for Hydrographic Surveyors
and Marine Geology and Geophysics for Hydrographic Surveyors
Select four courses from the following:13-16
Ocean Measurements Lab
Marine Robotics and Applications
Ocean Hydrodynamics
Ocean Waves and Tides
Coastal Engineering and Processes
Design of Ocean Structures
Spectral Analysis of Geophysical Time Series Data
Underwater Acoustics
Integrated Seabed Mapping Systems
Select an additional two 800-900 level CEPS courses6-8
Complete a master's thesis:6
Master's Thesis
Total Credits30-36

Students graduating with a MS or MEng in Ocean Engineering should be able to :

  • Use their ocean engineering graduate education for success in technical careers in industry, academia, government, or for advanced ocean-related research in engineering and the physical sciences.
  • Rigorously apply fundamentals of science and engineering to professional practice that enhances our understanding of and/or contributes to the sustainable development of the oceans.
  • Contribute their ocean engineering problem solving skills to society through participation and leadership in groups dedicated to serving both professional associations and the public interest.