Ocean Engineering

M.S., Ph.D.


Faculty: Professor S. Grilli, chair. Professors Ballard, Baxter, Hu, and Miller; Associate Professors Dahl and Roman; Assistant Professors Hashemi, Licht, Phillips, and Van Uffelen; Associate Research Professors A. Grilli, Potty, and Vincent; Adjunct Professor Sharpe; Adjunct Assistant Professors Cousins, Crocker, Dossot, and Newman; Professors Emeriti, Silva, Spaulding, Stepanishen, and Tyce.


Ocean instrumentation and robotics , underwater acoustics and data analysis, marine hydrodynamics and water-wave mechanics, coastal and nearshore processes, marine geomechanics, coastal and offshore structures, and offshore wind, wave, and current energy systems.

General Information and Financial Aid

Programs of study can be designed for individuals employed full-time. Graduate and research assistantships are available for highly qualified students..

Master of Science

Admission requirements: B.S. degree in engineering, physics, applied mathematics, or other technical disciplines. Students with a non-engineering background may be required to take undergraduate courses in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, strength of materials, electrical circuits, and applied mathematics.

Program requirements: the thesis option requires 30 credits with a minimum of 12 credits of course work in ocean engineering and nine credits for thesis research. The nonthesis option requires permission of the chair and a total of 30 credits with a minimum of 18 credits of course work in ocean engineering, with one course requiring a paper involving significant independent study and a written comprehensive examination. EGR 515 counts towards the 18 credits of course work in ocean engineering. OCE 605 and 606 are required of all full-time students.


See Ocean Engineering in the Undergraduate section of this catalog.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission requirements: M.S. degree in engineering or equivalent; exceptional students with a Bachelor of Science in engineering will also be considered. All students will be required to complete courses equivalent to those for the M.S. degree in ocean engineering if not included in their master’s degree.

Program requirements: a total of 42 credits beyond the M.S. degree (or 72 credits beyond the B.S. degree), composed of at least 18 credits of course work and 24 credits of dissertation research. Courses must include one in advanced applied mathematics, one in engineering or oceanography, and a minimum of two in ocean engineering. EGR 515 counts towards the minimum of two courses in ocean engineering requirement. Qualifying, written, and oral comprehensive examinations are required for all doctoral students. OCE 605 and 606 are required for all full-time students.