Graduate Program in Oceanography (GPO)
The Graduate Program in Oceanography is centered in the Department 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.
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. GPO students are eligible for support from Rutgers' Institute of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS). (See https://eoas.rutgers.edu/graduate-programs/becoming-a-graduate-fellow) EOAS supports research in the many frontiers of Earth Systems Science and encourages interdisciplinary projects by offering an Earth System Science Certificate to students who expand their academic horizons beyond their home discipline. Rutgers Calendar Year (12-month) assistantships and fellowships include a stipend of $29,604 and full tuition remission. For graduate students who remain in good standing the GPO has an excellent record of sustaining full financial support through to graduation.
Graduate Program in Oceanography