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POSE MS Degree

Bruce Lipphardt

The Physical Ocean Science and Engineering program M.S. provides graduate students with advanced training in ocean science and engineering to be competitive for positions in the public and private sectors and for matriculating into Ph.D. programs.

The Master of Science requires a minimum of 24 course credit hours and a minimum of 6 research/thesis credits including a thesis describing independent research. Students shall defend their theses in an open oral examination chaired by the advisor. Thesis committees are composed of the advisor and a minimum of two other faculties from the school.

Required Courses

  • MAST 691 Fluid Dynamics in Marine Systems (or CIEG Oean Fluid Dynamics)
  • MEEG 690 Intermediate Engineering Mathematics
  • MAST 811 Oceanographic Data Analysis
  • MAST 693 Waves in the Marine Environment OR MAST 655 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • MAST 882 Physical Ocean Science and Engineering Seminar (once/year)
  • MAST 869 Master Thesis (6 credits)
  • One three credit course from outside of the POSE Program

Students will work with their advisors to determine what additional coursework must be completed and how many research credits must be taken to account for the remaining credit hours needed for a minimum total of 30 credits. A maximum of 9 graduate course credits from other universities may be applied toward the Master's degree.

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POSE MS Year 1


MEEG 690 Intermediate Engineering Analysis

MAST 691 Fluid Dynamics in Marine Systems

MAST 811 Oceanographic Time Series Analysis


MAST 655 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

MAST 691 POSE Seminar


POSE MS Year 2


Course outside POSE



MAST 869 Thesis

MAST 691 POSE Seminar


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