Ocean Engineering (M.S.)

Ocean Engineering (M.S.)
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Why get an advanced degree in ocean engineering?

Ocean engineering is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students to interact with professionals in diverse disciplines within the ocean science community to develop responsible solutions leading to sustainable activity and life in the ocean. Ocean Engineering is a path toward developing practical, real-world ways to address the many urgent problems threatening the health of our oceans and, indeed, our entire planet. Rising sea levels, increasing populations close to the coast, and more frequent and severe storms are all issues that ocean engineers are addressing.An increasing number of positions for marine engineers coupled with a low number of ocean engineering programs nationwide means a very favorable job outlook.

Why choose UNH’s ocean engineering program?

UNH’s ocean engineering program provides hands-on research in ocean renewable energy, ROVs, ocean mapping, ocean acoustics and coastal processes that gives students practical experience in their chosen field. Collaboration with outstanding faculty and researchers, working in state-of-the-art engineering facilities, along with strong partnerships with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and private partners, gives students great advantages in securing jobs after they graduate.

Potential careers

  • Aquaculture
  • Coastal engineering (structures, erosion)
  • Environmental consulting
  • Government (NOAA, local, state and federal agencies)
  • Marine robotics
  • Ocean acoustics
  • Ocean equipment and instrumentation manufacture
  • Ocean instrumentation
  • Ocean mapping
  • Oceanographic research
  • Offshore structures
  • Renewable energy (wave and tidal)

Director, Center for Ocean Engineering
Office: Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory, Suite 102, 24 Colovos Road, Durham, NH 03824

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  • Spencer Marquardt
    The Ocean Engineering program at UNH has allowed me to apply my undergraduate experience in chemical engineering and use it for research that has a much greater interest for me.
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Curriculum & Requirements

Programs in Ocean Engineering are by definition interdisciplinary and require students to interact with the ocean science community as well as the traditional engineering disciplines. In this context, students are exposed to the broad-based issues of working engineering problems in the ocean environment. They are trained to develop responsible solutions to problems that will lead to sustainable activity and life in the ocean.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Ocean Engineering requires the completion of at least 30 graduate credits.

Core Courses
OE 990
OE 991
Ocean Seminars I
and Ocean Seminars II
Select one of the following:3-4
BIOL 855
Biological Oceanography
ESCI 852
Chemical Oceanography
ESCI 858
Introduction to Physical Oceanography
ESCI 859
Geological Oceanography
ESCI 868
ESCI 869
Applied Physical Oceanography for Hydrographic Surveyors
and Marine Geology and Geophysics for Hydrographic Surveyors
Select four courses from the following:13-16
ESCI 820
Ocean Measurements Lab
OE 817
Marine Robotics and Applications
OE 853
Ocean Hydrodynamics
OE 854
Ocean Waves and Tides
OE 857
Coastal Engineering and Processes
OE 858
Design of Ocean Structures
OE #864
Spectral Analysis of Geophysical Time Series Data
OE 865
Underwater Acoustics
OE 874
Integrated Seabed Mapping Systems
Select an additional two 800-900 level CEPS courses6-8
Complete Master's Thesis
OE 899Master's Thesis6
Total Credits30-36

Students graduating with a MS or MEng in Ocean Engineering should be able to :

  • Use their ocean engineering graduate education for success in technical careers in industry, academia, government, or for advanced ocean-related research in engineering and the physical sciences.
  • Rigorously apply fundamentals of science and engineering to professional practice that enhances our understanding of and/or contributes to the sustainable development of the oceans.
  • Contribute their ocean engineering problem solving skills to society through participation and leadership in groups dedicated to serving both professional associations and the public interest.

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UNH's School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering serves as the interdisciplinary nexus for marine science and ocean engineering teaching and research across the university.

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