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College of Arts & Sciences
School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment


Marine Science Doctoral Degree Program Requirements

Ph.D. in Marine Science

The Doctor of Philosophy degree program is offered by a diverse group of faculty whose research interests span a wide range of topics. The degree 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.

The Ph.D. program of study and other specific degree requirements are planned in consultation with the graduate student, the graduate student’s advisory committee, the Marine Science Graduate Studies Committee, and the Marine Science Program Director.

The Ph.D. degree requires the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 60 credit hours (including only 12 hours of 899, Dissertation Preparation) beyond the baccalaureate, or a minimum of 30 credit hours (including only 12 hours of 899) beyond the master’s degree. The core courses (12 hours) are required unless exempted. Students must complete at least half of their credit hours, exclusive of 12 hours of 899, in courses numbered 700 and higher.

Core Courses

The Ph.D. degree requires a research plan presentation, a comprehensive exam, a peer-reviewed publication, a written dissertation, and a dissertation defense.

Additional information is included in the Graduate Bulletin and the Marine Science Graduate Student Handbook.

Marine Science Graduate Advisors

SEOE Admission Requirements

HOW TO APPLY