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Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #701 (QS) Baton Rouge, LA, United States
The Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences (DOCS) applies physical, biological and geological oceanography and coastal science research to pressing issues such as coastal land loss, fisheries management, and environmental hazards. 
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The Ph.D. program includes at least 48 hours of course work beyond the baccalaureate, meeting the core requirements, 9 hours of dissertation research, and research leading to a dissertation.  At least half the credits should be at the 7000 level.

A Ph.D. student in the Department must complete a minor requirement.  This requirement can be met in one of two ways.  Other departments offer “official” minors that are satisfied by successfully completing a specific number or set of courses within the offerings of that department.  This is usually a total of 12 semester hours.  

The second way to satisfy the minor requirement is to complete a course plan (12 hours at the 4000 level or above, at least 6 of these hours must be at the 7000 level) i an “area of specialization” and the courses must be approved by the student’s committee.  The courses must be from outside of OCS offerings, though they may be taken from more than one department.  For the official minor, the student must have a professor from the outside department as a member of the committee to represent the minor area.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Toxicology of Aquatic Environments 
  • Concepts in Marine Ecotoxicology 
  • Dynamical Oceanography 
  • Ecology and Management of Tropical Estuaries 
  • Oceanographic Data Analysis 
  • Applied Coastal Plant Ecology 
  • Global Climate Change and Wetlands 
  • Marine Isotope Biogeochemistry 
  • Marine Geochemistry 
  • Coastal Physical/Chemical Systems: Analytical Methods 
  • Biogeochemistry of Wetland Soils and Sediments 
  • Satellite Oceanography 
  • Environmental Optics 
  • Harmful Algal Blooms 
  • Marine Ecology 
  • Preparing for Studies of Fish and Other Aquatic Resources 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • Statement of purpose
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts
  • A copy of the name page of your passport
  • A completed Affidavit of Support and supporting financial documents 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29443 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29443 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    29443 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29443 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • In-State

    12528 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12528 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Baton Rouge

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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