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Ocean Engineering (MS,PhD)

Telephone: (302) 831-2442
Faculty Listing: http://www.engr.udel.edu/directory/faculty.html

Program Overview

The Ocean Engineering program offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees through a cross-disciplinary program operated jointly by the Physical Ocean Science and Engineering (POSE) program in the Graduate College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CMES) and the Ocean Engineering program of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Additional information about the two academic units is available at the web-sites:
http://www.ceoe.udel.edu(The Graduate College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment)
http://www.coastal.udel.edu (The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Center for Applied Coastal Research)

Subject to the admission requirements below, students matriculating through CEOE have the option of pursuing advanced degrees in Marine Studies through CEOE or the cross-disciplinary degree in Ocean Engineering. Students matriculating through the College of Engineering have the option of pursuing advanced degrees in Ocean Engineering or in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Requirements for Admission

The minimum requirements for admission to a graduate program for a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy in Ocean Engineering are as follows: a Bachelor of Science in engineering, an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (out of a possible 4.0), GRE scores (verbal and quantitative combined) of at least 308, and a TOEFL score (for international students) of at least 600 on the paper based TOEFL; 250 on computer based TOEFL; 100 on IBET TOEFL. The POSE graduate committee may increase these minimum requirements.

Students with bachelor's degrees and exceptional academic backgrounds may be admitted directly into the PhD program. Students admitted into the MS program may petition to move into the PhD program before completing the MS

Students considering doctoral study must have completed all previous graduate studies with at least a 3.5 grade point average and have clearly demonstrated a capacity for independent work. If a MS thesis or other comprehensive work was written at another institution, a copy of the thesis will be provided to the advisor when the student enrolls at University of Delaware.

Students will be assigned an advisor upon admission to the Ocean Engineering program and will be enrolled in the academic unit that is the home of the advisor (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering or the POSE program in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment).

Financial Aid

Please refer to Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships for further information.

Requirements for the Master's Degree

The Ocean Engineering program is aimed at providing graduate students with advanced technical training in ocean science and engineering for positions in the public and private sectors and for matriculating into PhD programs.

General Requirements: The Ocean Engineering Master of Science requires a minimum of 30 credit hours. This includes a thesis and dependent research. Students shall defend their thesis in an open oral examination chaired by the advisor. Students may earn up to six credits for their thesis.
Required Courses: Credits
MAST 691 Fluid Dynamics in Marine Sy 4
OR CIEG 639 Ocean Fluid Dynamics 4
MAST 882 Physical Ocean Science and Engineering Seminar 1
OR CIEG 865 Ocean Engineering Seminar 0
MEEG 690 Intermediate Engineering Mathematics 3
MAST/CIEG 693 Waves in the Marine Environment 3
OR CIEG 672/MAST 648 Water Wave Mechanics 3

Additional courses typically include at least 9 credits at the graduate level with 6 credits at the 800 level. Approval for the course curriculum is made by the student's advisor. Petitions for required course substitutions may be made via the advisor to the program director. A maximum of 9 graduate course credits from other universities may be applied toward the Master's degree.

Requirements for the PhD Degree

The Ocean Engineering PhD program is aimed at training graduate students to achieve the highest level of proficiency in research. The doctoral program is planned around a central engineering objective. The total program is comprised of 72 credits beyond the bachelor's degree that include a minimum of 36 credits of coursework, 6 credits for the Master's Thesis (if applicable), 9 credits for the PhD Dissertation, and a minimum of 9 credits for research. For students holding a master's degree in an appropriate field of study, the coursework from the master's degree will be taken into account in the design of the doctoral program. All graduate students work in close cooperation with the faculty on their dissertation area.

General Requirements

Residency Requirement: The student must meet a campus residency requirement of at least one continuous academic year. If a student has earned a master's degree at the University of Delaware, this can be used to fulfill the residency requirement.

Qualifying Exam: The qualifying examination is usually taken near the completion of the required credits of coursework beyond the bachelor's degree.

Required Courses: All courses in the program are selected with the approval of the student's advisor. The program requires a minimum of 36 credits in graduate courses beyond the Bachelor of Science degree. The purpose of the course work is to provide a solid foundation for original research in the field of study and, within the limits of available time, to extend the student's knowledge outside that field. The required courses beyond the Bachelor of Science are as follows:
CIEG 639/MAST 691 Ocean Fluid Dynamics
CIEG 672/MAST 648 Water Wave Mechanics
MEEG 690 Intermediate Engineering Mathematics
MEEG 691 Advanced Engineering Mathematics
MAST 693 Waves in the Marine Environment
MAST 882 Physical Ocean Science and Engineering Seminar
CIEG 865 Civil Engineering Seminar

Students matriculating from other universities may petition to have these courses waived if their course of study included equivalent courses. At least 6 credits should be taken outside of the Program of Ocean Science and Engineering and may include significant components from other departments.


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