Oceanography

M.O., M.S., Ph.D.

401.874.6246

Faculty: Professor Corliss, dean; Professor Smith, associate dean. Professors Ballard, Collie, Cornillon, Donohue, D’Hondt, Ginis, Hara, Heikes, Kelley, Kincaid, King, Lohmann, Menden-Deuer, Robinson, Rothstein, Rynearson, Shen, Spivack, and Wishner; Associate Professor Roman; Assistant Professors Beinart, Loose, Mouw, Omand,Palter, and Wei; Professors-in-Residence Maranda and Rines; Research Professors Oviatt and Watts; Professors Emeriti Durbin, Carey, Hargraves, Jeffries, Leinen, Merrill, Pilson, Quinn, Rahn, Rossby, Saila, Schilling, Sigurdsson, Specker, Wimbush, and Yoder.

SPECIALIZATIONS

Biological, chemical, geological, and physical oceanography.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

A variety of assistantships are available for M.S. and Ph.D. candidates.

MASTER OF OCEANOGRAPHY

Admission requirements: GRE (aptitude required) and bachelor’s degree in natural sciences or engineering. Most international students at GSO have a paper TOEFL score above 600 or a computer TOEFL score above 250, corresponding to 100 on the new Internet-based test (iBT). The University minimum must be met on each of the four sections of the TOEFL; see web.uri.edu/graduate-school/apply/international-applicants/. Most applicants are admitted for the fall semester, but admission for the start of the spring semester is possible. No application will be considered that shows an undergraduate average of less than B unless there is post baccalaureate work indicating outstanding ability. To ensure full consideration for admission, the complete application packet should be received by January 15.

Program requirements (total of 30 credits, minimum of 15 credits of OCG classes): OCG 695 (two credits maximum); major paper or equivalent product (OCG 591/592, six credits); courses required by track. For Marine Fisheries Management track: OCG 561, 670, AFS 531; one from each of the following groups: A.) OCG 501, 521, 517, 540; B.) OCG 506, 673, NRS 410, 527, STA 550, EEC 543; C.) MAF 523, 526, 651, BIO 563, OCG 673, NRS 527.  For Ocean Technology and Data track: at least two from OCG 540, 521, 517 or 501, 561; at least four classes from the following: OCE 467, 512, 514, 516, 522, 550, 562, 581, 582, 583; ELE 457, 485, 503, 504, 506, 509, 583; CSF 430, 432, 534, 580; OCG 404, 506, 517, 535, 555, 665; NRS 509, 516; GEO 577; MAF 461, 521, 564. For Coastal Ocean Management track: at least two from OCG 501, 521, 517 or 540, 561; at least four classes from one or more of the following groups: OCG 512, 513, 514, 517, 522, 614, 506, 555, 519, 535, 580; NRS 423, 501, 555, 585, 509, 516; GEO 511, 515, 577; OCE 581, 582, 583; MAF 461, 515, 514, 521, 564. For General Oceanography track: three from the following group: OCG 501 or 517, 521, 540, 561; 3 credits in statistics, data analysis, or scientific writing; 6 credits in oceanography or other science departments; 3 credits in policy, management, economics, or related field.

MASTER OF SCIENCE

Admission requirements: GRE (aptitude required, advanced in the applicant’s undergraduate major recommended) and bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, engineering, or mathematics. Most international students at GSO have a paper TOEFL score above 600 or a computer TOEFL score above 250, corresponding to 100 on the new Internet-based test (iBT). The University minimum must be met on each of the four sections of the TOEFL; see web.uri.edu/graduate-school/apply/international-applicants/. Most applicants are admitted for the fall semester, but admission for the start of the spring semester is possible. Due to the limited number of students who can be accepted as degree candidates, no application will be considered that shows an undergraduate average of less than B unless there is postbaccalaureate work indicating outstanding ability. To ensure full consideration for admission and financial support, the completed application packet should be received by January 15.

Program requirements: thesis, OCG 695, and participation in a regular ocean research cruise. For specialization in biological or chemical oceanography, OCG 501, 521, 540, and 561; for specialization in geological oceanography, six credits of 500- and 600-level OCG courses outside the geological oceanography discipline (not including OCG 695); for specialization in physical oceanography, OCG 501, 510, and any two of OCG 605, 610, and 613.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

Admission requirements: GRE (aptitude required, advanced in the applicant’s undergraduate major recommended); and bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, engineering, or mathematics. Most international students at GSO have a paper TOEFL score above 600 or a computer TOEFL score above 250, corresponding to 100 on the new Internet-based test (iBT). The University minimum must be met on each of the four sections of the TOEFL; see web.uri.edu/graduate-school/apply/international-applicants/. Most applicants are admitted for the fall semester, but admission for the start of the spring semester is possible. Due to the limited number of students who can be accepted as degree candidates, no application will be considered that shows an undergraduate average of less than B unless there is postbaccalaureate work indicating outstanding ability. To ensure full consideration for admission and financial support, the completed application packet should be received by January 15.

Program requirements: comprehensive examination, dissertation, OCG 695, participation in a regular ocean research cruise, six credits of 600-level OCG courses (excluding problems and research courses and OCG 695). For specialization in biological or chemical oceanography, OCG 501, 521, 540, and 561; for specialization in geological oceanography, OCG 540 and any two of OCG 501, 521, and 561; for specialization in physical oceanography, OCG 501, 510, 605, and 613 and any six credits of 500- and 600-level OCG courses outside the physical oceanography discipline. A Ph.D. qualifying examination is required of all doctoral students. This requirement is satisfied by completing, with a grade of B or better, the courses specified for the appropriate discipline.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in oceanography offers an option in marine policy. Ph.D. students who have successfully completed their comprehensive examinations and obtained approval from cognizant major professor may apply to the Master of Marine Affairs program (see Marine Affairs) to expand their skills in ocean/coastal policy, management, and law relevant to professional positions both inside and outside of government. Students who successfully complete the M.M.A. degree may transfer up to six credits from that program into the oceanography Ph.D. at the discretion of their major professor in oceanography.

BUSINESS/OCEANOGRAPHY/M.B.A./M.O. JOINT DEGREE PROGRAM

The College of Business and the Graduate School of Oceanography offer a joint degree program in which students are simultaneously enrolled in the M.B.A. and the M.O. programs and may complete both degrees within 16 months. Students take courses in business, oceanography, and economics. An internship with a business is also embedded in the curriculum.

OCEANOGRAPHY/HISTORY PH.D./M.A. JOINT DEGREE PROGRAM

The Graduate School of Oceanography and the Department of History in the College of Arts and Sciences offer a joint degree program focused on archaeological oceanography. Students in this program are simultaneously enrolled for the oceanography Doctor of Philosophy degree and the history (anthropology and archaeology option) Master of Arts degree. A twelve-credit reduction (six in each degree) is allowed for students in this program.

FIFTH-YEAR MASTER OF OCEANOGRAPHY PROGRAM

The 5th-Year Master of Oceanography program is designed for students who want to enter the program while still undergraduates and earn the degree in the year following completion of their B.S. In general, students will take three of the core courses required for the MO degree during their fourth year, leaving 20-21 credits to be completed during the fifth year. Interested students should visit: http://web.uri.edu/gso/5th-year-master-of-oceanography/ for further information.

M.O. Graduation Requirements

Program requirements (total of 30 credits, minimum of 15 credits of OCG classes): OCG 695 (two credits maximum); major paper or equivalent product (OCG 591/592, six credits); courses required by track. For Marine Fisheries Management track: OCG 561, 670, AFS 531; one from each of the following groups: A.) OCG 501, 521, 517, 540; B.) OCG 506, 673, NRS 410, 527, STA 550, EEC 543; C.) MAF 523, 526, 651, BIO 563, OCG 673, NRS 527.  For Ocean Technology and Data track: at least two from OCG 540, 521, 517 or 501, 561; at least four classes from the following: OCE 467, 512, 514, 516, 522, 550, 562, 581, 582, 583; ELE 457, 485, 503, 504, 506, 509, 583; CSF 430, 432, 534, 580; OCG 404, 506, 517, 535, 555, 665; NRS 509, 516; GEO 577; MAF 461, 521, 564. For Coastal Ocean Management track: at least two from OCG 501, 521, 517 or 540, 561; at least four classes from one or more of the following groups: OCG 512, 513, 514, 517, 522, 614, 506, 555, 519, 535, 580; NRS 423, 501, 555, 585, 509, 516; GEO 511, 515, 577; OCE 581, 582, 583; MAF 461, 515, 514, 521, 564. For General Oceanography track: three from the following group: OCG 501 or 517, 521, 540, 561; 3 credits in statistics, data analysis, or scientific writing; 6 credits in oceanography or other science departments; 3 credits in policy, management, economics, or related field.