Oceanography for Professional Development
The Master’s of Oceanography Program
The Master of Oceanography (MO) degree is designed for U.S. and international students who are working, or intend to work, in ocean environmental management and assessment, maritime industries, fisheries, science communication, ocean policy and law, education or intend to continue their education. The MO program prepares students to apply ocean science and technology to real-world problems.
As a student in the MO program, you will participate in an internship or complete a capstone project that may relate to an employer’s activities. Internships may be arranged at companies such as ExxonMobil, Raytheon, Army Corps of Engineers, Naval Undersea Warfare Center and others.
The MO complements the MS and the PhD degrees in oceanography at the University of Rhode Island and is designed to appeal to and attract a different type of science student or science professional. It is a flexible program designed for completion in 24 months.
Graduates of the MO program will:
- Know the fundamental principles of oceanography;
- Understand the current state of knowledge of real-world, ocean-related problems and technologies;
- Create and apply viable solutions that link science to policy and management decisions that address real-world problems; and
- Effectively communicate scientific problems and solutions to diverse audiences.
There are currently four unique specializations that are available within the MO program. Read on to learn more about what each has to offer and find the one that best matches your interests.
5th-Year Master of Oceanography
The Blue MBA
The Blue MBA program is a dual-degree program that merges the Master of Business Administration (MBA) with the Master of Oceanography (MO). It is designed for students with a physical science, natural science, or engineering undergraduate degree who want to develop their management skills and broaden their marketability.
With a growing demand for leaders with skills in business and science—particularly ocean- and coastal-related science, the Graduate School of Oceanography and the College of Business partnered to offer this joint degree program. This is the first program of its kind in the United States, and provides the knowledge and skills needed to develop business models to ensure an environmentally sustainable world for a broad range of industry sectors, companies and organizations. Learn more.