Graduate Program in Oceanography (GPO)

Program Description

The Graduate Program in Oceanography (GPO) is centered in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, which serves as a focus of interdisciplinary studies and research in the areas of physical, biological, chemical and geological oceanography, and operational oceanography. A broad range of research opportunities are available, including: studies in the coastal ocean using advanced underwater instrumentation; remote sensing and ocean modeling; open ocean and shell fish research; advanced underwater optics and fish behavior; biodiversity and marine molecular biology; long term changes in the Antarctic Ocean; paleoceanography and chemical oceanography; fjords dynamics; coastal geomorphology; biological and geological processes at deep-sea hydrothermal vents; organism-sediment interactions; cycling of organic and inorganic materials in the ocean; watershed ecosystems.

Degree Options

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.

Perspective students interested in the Masters in Operational Oceanography can find more information about the program here: Master of Operational Oceanography.

Our graduates have been very successful in both the academic, private and government sectors (see: alumni).

Financial Support

GPO students are eligible for support from Rutgers’ Institute of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS). EOAS supports research in the many frontiers of Earth Systems Science and encourages interdisciplinary projects. Graduate assistantships are also 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. 
Rutgers Academic Year (10-month) assistantships and fellowships include a stipend and full tuition remission. GPO has an excellent record of sustaining full financial support through to graduation.

Graduate Program in Oceanography
Contact Information
Phone: 848-932-3408

Application deadline: January 1st