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Applied Ocean Science and Engineering, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #1 (QS) Cambridge, MA, United States
Applied Ocean Science & Engineering is a discipline that combines basic research on a wide range of oceanic processes with applied research and engineering design of systems for the exploration, measurement, mapping, prediction, and beneficial use of the oceans.
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In the Joint Program, knowledge acquired in the classroom can be immediately applied to seagoing research on oceanic processes and engineering. For example, AOSE students:

  • Take courses on information theory and apply that theory to quantify the information content of whale sounds.
  • Attend lectures on the control of dynamic systems while applying advanced control concepts to the navigation and maneuvering of autonomous underwater vehicles.
  • Take theoretical courses on oceanic processes while participating in field programs designed to quantify ocean variables that have never before been measured.

The diverse faculty in these departments provide a wide range of course offerings in several disciplines as well as a correspondingly wide range of research opportunities for graduate students. 

For example, Joint Program research on acoustics ranges from using sound for the quantification of the smallest scales of oceanic salinity variations to understanding the bewildering physics of sound transmission across the Pacific. 

Research on physical-biological interactions ranges from elucidating the mechanics of squid propulsion to understanding the processes that lead to the harmful algal blooms ("red tides") that affect human health. 

Research on signal processing ranges from obtaining holographic images of marine microorganisms to developing technologies for obtaining quantitative images of undersea archaeological sites.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Time Series Analysis and System Identification
  • Principles of Oceanographic Instrument Systems - Sensors and Measurements
  • Special Projects in Oceanographic Engineering
  • Array Processing
  • Air-Sea Interaction: Boundary Layers
  • Applied Statistics
  • Topics in Marine Ecology

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.

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • Field of interest
  • Personal information/addresses
  • International student data
  • Three or more names and email addresses of letter writers
  • Scanned copies of your Official College Transcripts
  • Educational and work history
  • Statement of objectives
  • Outside financial support and potential outside support
  • Credit card payment of $75

Tuition Fee

  • International

    57605 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57605 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    57605 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57605 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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