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2018-2019 Florida Tech Catalog 
2018-2019 Florida Tech Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Oceanography, M.S.

Major Code: 8093 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction:  No
Admission Status: Graduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne
Admission Materials: 3 letters of recommendation, résumé, objectives, GRE

The master of-science degree in oceanography can be earned in one of five areas of specialization: biological, chemical, geological or physical oceanography, or coastal zone management. All specializations require the core course curriculum described below with the addition of suggested electives for respective specializations, or other courses as recommended by the student’s advisor. The specialization will be reflected in the collection of successfully completed courses listed in the transcript. The successful student is well prepared for a challenging professional career or for continuing with graduate studies.

Admission Requirements

General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Academic Overview  section.

Students may be admitted during any semester, with rolling admissions allowing consideration for subsequent semesters. Students with deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation (up to 12 credit hours) may take deficiencies and courses for graduate credit concurrently. GRE General Test scores and a statement of objectives are required and should be sent ta the Office of Graduate Admissions. Although not required for admission, an on-campus interview is recommended.

It is preferred that applicants have an undergraduate major in one of the physical or life sciences with a background that includes computer science, mathematics through calculus and at least one year each of college biology, chemistry and physics. The biological background should include invertebrate zoology. ln special circumstances, applicants may be admitted from other discipline backgrounds, but deficiency courses in chemistry, math, biology or other topics may be required by the graduate advisor. 

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Oceanography is conferred on students who have successfully completed a minimum of 30 credit hours (including thesis) of required and elective coursework. A nonthesis track is an option at the discretion of the advisor. The nonthesis track requires a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of coursework and a final program examination. The final program examination may be written, oral or both, as recommended by the advisor.


To earn the degree, the student must complete 12 credits of required core courses or their equivalents, plus 18 credits of specialization and/or elective courses approved by their advisor. Equivalent coursework may be substituted for required core courses as recommended by the student’s advisor and approved by the program chair and indicated on their program plan. Equivalent coursework may be substituted for required core courses as recommended by the student’s advisor and approved by the program chair. Suggested electives for each potential specialization are listed below. Thesis or internship registration must be continuous from the initial registration until graduation. 

Total Credits Required: 30