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.
A Master's student will have an advisor upon entry into the program. This advisor will also be the student's thesis committee chair unless the student requests a change of advisor before the end of his/her first academic year.
In consultation with his/her committee chair, the student will form his/her thesis committee before the middle of his/her second academic year. The thesis committee will have at least three members (including the chair) and at least two of the members (including the chair) will be members of the GPO faculty. One committee member may be appointed from outside of the GPO. The membership of the thesis committee must be approved by the director of the GPO and reported to the GPO faculty. Any subsequent changes must be approved by the Director of the GPO.
Each student should prepare a program of study in consultation with his/her committee chair. The program of study will require the program's core requirements (see below) and other courses pertinent to the student's research area. The student's thesis committee may require remedial courses, even if such courses must be taken without degree credit.
The minimum requirement for completion of the M.S. with thesis is 24 credits of course work and 6 credits of research. The minimally acceptable GPA is 3.0. No more than 12 credits can be selected from undergraduate courses at the 300 or 400 level, and only 6 of those 12 can be at the 300 level. Only one course with a grade of "C" will be counted toward degree requirements.
A minimum of 9 credits must be earned by taking PHYSICAL OCEANOGRPHY [16:712:501] and two of the other core courses of the GPO:
or by transferring credit from equivalent courses taken at other institutions. These core requirements should be completed within the first two academic years.
The M.S. student should submit to his/her thesis committee a progress report at the termination of each academic year following the formation of the thesis committee. The purpose of this progress report is to summarize the student's course of study and thesis research plans and progress.
All requirements for the M.S. degree must be completed within three consecutive calendar years. Any extension must be through written petition and permission by the GPO Director after review by the Scholastic Review Committee.
The thesis will be written in accordance with the guidelines and requirements of the Graduate School and will ordinarily follow the style of a manuscript submitted for publication in a scientific journal. A draft of the thesis must be submitted to committee members at least three weeks before the final thesis examination. Committee members will communicate to the student their comments on the dissertation within two weeks of receiving the draft. Three final copies of the thesis are required. The original and one copy, approved by the thesis committee, are filed with the Graduate School after the oral thesis defense. One copy is filed with the student's thesis advisor.
Each M.S. student must pass a final examination at least three weeks prior to commencement. The examination will be in the form of an open oral thesis presentation and defense followed by a closed oral examination administered by the student's thesis committee. Material covered in the examination may include the content of required program courses as well as the student's specific research subject. A student will pass upon approval of all members of his/her committee or upon approval of all but one member.
Continuation to the Ph.D.
A student who completes a Master of Science Degree with a thesis may elect to continue in the Ph.D. program. To expedite the process, the student is encouraged to convey in writing to the GPO Director and his/her M.S. thesis committee his/her desire to continue on for the Ph.D., before the student's final examination. After the final examination, the thesis committee will recommend to the Scholastic Review Committee whether or not the student should be encouraged to continue. The Scholastic Review Committee will review the recommendation and advise the GPO Director, who will decide if permission to continue will be granted.
No student may elect this option upon admission into the program. It is reserved for Ph.D. candidates who complete a minimum of 24 course and 6 research credits with the required minimum GPA of 3.0, who have contributed to a unit of original research, e.g. as a co-author on a journal publication, and who show Master's level competency during the qualifying examination, but do not pass to candidacy for the Ph.D.
The M.S. degree without a thesis is a terminal degree that will be awarded only under special circumstances and with the approval of the Scholastic Review Committee.
Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100.
After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department.
Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.
Applicants are expected to have an undergraduate degree in either mathematics, science or engineering. In addition, they shall have completed prerequisite courses as listed. Students must show proficiency in English, if they are foreign students. GRE scores are required. Students may be accepted subject to the requirement that additional courses are taken to make up deficiencies in their background. Admission to the program also depends on other factors such as work experience, letters of recommendation, and the suitability of background.
The minimum requirements for entry into the Program are:
Students wishing to pursue a degree with an emphasis in physical oceanography will typically have additional mathematics including differential equations and computer programming. Students who wish to emphasize chemical oceanography or geochemistry will typically have had one year of organic chemistry and one year of physical chemistry. To study biological oceanography, it is recommended that students have at least one year of organic chemistry and adequate preparation in the biological sciences. Decisions on admissions to the Program, and interpretation of these requirements, is the responsibility of the Admissions Committee, as provided in the Program Bylaws
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)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.