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:

  1. Know the fundamental principles of oceanography;
  2. Understand the current state of knowledge of real-world, ocean-related problems and technologies;
  3. Create and apply viable solutions that link science to policy and management decisions that address real-world problems; and
  4. 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.