The Graduate Program in Oceanography is centered in the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, which serves as a focus of interdisciplinary studies and research in estuarine, coastal and open-ocean environments. A broad range of research opportunities are available, including: real-time studies in the coastal ocean using advanced underwater instrumentation; biological and geological processes at deep-sea hydrothermal vents; remote sensing and ocean modeling; advanced underwater optics and fish behavior; biodiversity and marine molecular biology; coastal geomorphology; organism-sediment interactions; cycling of organic and inorganic materials in the ocean; watershed ecosystems.
Candidates with a baccalaureate degree may apply for either the Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree program. Detailed requirements for both degrees, and for disciplinary options, are available from the Graduate Director, or by clicking here.
The Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, located on Rutgers’ Cook Campus in New Brunswick, was established in 1989 to develop research programs in marine and coastal sciences and to provide a center for the education of marine scientists. The Center for Coastal and Environmental Studies, Fisheries and Aquaculture Technology Extension Center, and the Division of Pinelands Research are part of the Institute. The Institute is housed in a state-of the-art research building which includes seawater, morphometrics, molecular biology, remote sensing, ocean modeling and cartography laboratories. Major equipment includes seawater flumes, a satellite receiving station, a network of small (PCs), medium (Unix-based workstations) and large (16K-node Connection Machine) computer platforms, and electron microscopes.
Graduate assistantships are available from sponsored research grants and contracts awarded to the faculty. In addition, a limited number of state-supported teaching assistantships and fellowships are available each year. All assistantships and fellowships include a stipend (from $25,969 to $29,604 per year) and full tuition remission. Virtually all full-time students who are accepted receive financial aid.
Graduate Program in Oceanography