Marine Science Doctoral Degree Program Requirements
PhD in Marine Science
The Doctor of Philosophy degree program prepares students for professional careers and leadership positions in industry, government and academia. Ph.D. students are expected to conduct independent, original scientific research and to have an understanding of the fundamental principles and practices related to primary areas of the marine sciences. Training involves developing the ability to use appropriate laboratory and field equipment, and expanding one’s understanding of scientific methodology, quantitative problem-solving skills and experimental or numerical techniques. The School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment (SEOE) expects all graduates to possess effective oral and written communication skills.
Upon admission to the Doctoral program, a Ph.D. student must ensure satisfactory progress towards the degree, including:
Although a Ph.D. degree can be earned in three years, the median time for graduation is four years, assuming satisfactory progress. There are several time limitations that, if not met, may lead to coursework expiration or termination from the program.