Ocean Science

Graduate Certificate

Asynchronous Online | Flexible | 7-Week Sessions

The Ocean Science Graduate Certificate program provides students with practical and up-to-date education aimed at enhancing careers in ocean-related businesses as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations.

This program provides scientific knowledge and skills required by many ocean-related jobs such as:

  • Ship technician
  • Marina operator
  • Wind energy developer
  • Consultant
  • Environmental advocate
  • Environmental scientist or manager

Program Requirements:

Students must complete 12 credits (4 3-credit courses), 9 of which must be from program courses including at least 2 courses from core classes and 1 elective.

Fall 2024 Dates

7/30Application Deadline
9/3Classes Begin
$856*TUITION PER CREDIT *Based on 2023 rates and subject to change

New Program Available:
Master of Public Administration with a Focus in Ocean Science

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Courses include:

At least 2 courses from Graduate School of Oceanography core classes:
OCG 501: Physical Oceanography
OCG 521: Chemical Oceanography
OCG 540: Geological Oceanography
OCG 561: Biological Oceanography
1 elective from Graduate School of Oceanography classes:
OCG 533: Graduate Writing in Marine and Environmental Sciences
OCG 506: Numerical Models and Data Analysis in Ocean Sciences
OCG 555: Modern Oceanographic Imaging and Mapping Techniques
OCG 560: Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Science and Management
OCG 601: Ocean Resilience
OCG Core Class (see above list)
1 elective from following classes:
AFS 515: Fisheries Ecology
AFS 531: Fisheries Stock Assessment
DSP 552: Computer-based Data Exploration
DSP 553: Mathematical Methods for Data Science
DSP 555: Multivariate Statistical Learning for Data Science
EVS 505: Environmental Leadership in Practice
EVS 509: Web-based Mapping I
EVS 514: Environmental Data Management and Visualization
EVS 518: Sustainable Natural Resources Management Planning
EVS 519: Natural Resource Management Planning
NRS 570: Geospatial Data Acquisition and Management
NRS 571: Techniques in Geospatial Analysis
NRS 572: Advanced Topics in Geospatial Data Visualization
NRS 573: Emerging Technologies in Geospatial Data Collection
Admission Criteria
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher*
  • Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, engineering, or a similar field (STEM)
  • Personal statement
  • Online interview
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • GRE NOT REQUIRED

*Applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be considered for provisional admission — please contact online@uri.edu before applying to discuss the GPA requirement.


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